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.
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