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Aliwal North shootings

On 22 August 1985, clashes between students and police in Aliwal North, Cape, resulted in the death of at least one person, a student leader and activist. The following day, over 24 people were killed when police, standing on top of a building in Dukathole township, opened fire on protesting youths. Chaos followed in the township with arson attacks and further clashes between youth and police. The shootings were followed by detentions, and in May 1986, 23 people were charged with public violence related to the August 1985 events. Inquests subsequently found nobody criminally liable for the deaths.

Aliwal North shootings: August 1985 193 The Commission’s public hearings in Aliwal North focused on human rights violations in Aliwal North and in surrounding districts such as Barkly East, Lady Grey, Sterkspruit, Jamestown and Burgersdorp. 194 The mid-1980s was the most violent period for ...
... Five days later the organisation recorded “Two ANC gunmen fatally wounded, one policeman seriously wounded, in shootout with police on farm near Aliwal North; the two ANC men were the last two of the group involved in the bomb incident at East London on 6 August, and the Butterworth and Elliot ...
... by Ciskei security forces in August 1983, the Langa massacre by police at Uitenhage on 21 March 1985 and police shootings at Duncan Village and Aliwal North in August 1985 and at Queenstown in November 1985. In addition, the Commission was told of three incidents during 1985 (in Despatch, ...
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