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Conflict between local councillors and political activists intensified in townships around the country during the 1980s, as pressure mounted on councillors to resign their positions on councils created under the Black Local Authorities Act and without popular support. Councillors who refused to resign risked attacks on their homes, families and business premises.

In 1985 the tiny township of Kwesi in Hanover erupted into a war between the black local authority and the comrades. The councillors were branded traitors and the comrades wanted them out of the township. Towards the end of the year tension in the township had reached boiling point and the ...
Three days before Skumbuzo’s death IFP member Abdul Awetha had been ambushed in his car. He survived but three children did not. The prosecution claimed Awetha killed Skumbuzo in revenge. Ballistic testing put Awetha’s gun at the scene of Skumbuzo’s murder, but his gun had been tampered with. ...
Ntsikelelo Don Johnson was also denied amnesty. In February 1991 this Eastern Cape youth had attempted to murder Mrs. Nomsa Hanabe because she refused to resign from the black local authority in Klipplaat. Mrs. Hanabe was badly injured and is now disabled. The Amnesty Committee found that ...
... impimpis.’ I don’t know what you call them, informers or what. ‘You don’t want to join us when we fight these whites, the police and councillors, you don’t want to join us killing the councillors, the police; etcetera.’ I said ‘no we’ll never ever join that.’ ...
In this tense atmosphere harsh punishment was meted out to those seeing to be collaborating with the security forces. In the Karoo, black policemen, councillors and informers were isolated and banished from townships. Some of them were burned, stabbed and ...
We came back from that funeral and we could see what was happening. We had councillors here in Duncan Village that we didn’t like. They were selling us out to the whites by arranging our removal to Mdantsane. At the same time they kept raising our rents. So when we came back from that funeral we ...
... days before Christmas, a placid Karoo town was turned into a nightmare. The major conflict in Philipstown was between UDF supporters and community councillors and policemen. What started as a war of words between a local resident, Sophie Jantje and a municipal policeman Simon Silingo Tshemeshe ...
and were accepted back into the community. They were the first of the black local authorities in the Eastern Cape to resign. Hermanus was one of the councillors, who did so, but before and after this decision she took great pain. House burnt, constant harassment and as a direct result her ...
... to pick up the phone, not deal with officials, if her perception was that officials were obstructing her, but to deal directly with the elected councillors. Having said that I want to give you the assurance and give Mrs. de Kock the assurance as well that we will deal with this matter very ...
... More than 10 000 people have been killed in this region in the last fifteen years. It hasn’t stopped, only last week recently elected councillors were slaughtered in Richmond. This past week the Truth Commission heard the full story of one of KwaZulu-Natal’s killing machines, the ...
... this week came from Huhudi township in the small town of Vryburg. Here, vigilante groups worked with the police to maintain the authority of councillors who had lost the support of the local community. The present mayor of Vryburg, Hoffman Galeng was chair of the UDF in the Northern Cape ...
... there are so many shades of the past that now have become levels for reconciliation. What about black informers, black policemen, black councillors, black collaborators? What about the ongoing strife between the ANC and the IFP? And in a country where the difference between rich and ...
One of the most shameful chapters of the resistance against apartheid was the burning of people, mostly local councillors or people accused of collaborating with the state. Often a car tyre was put around the victim’s neck, filled with petrol and set alight. This was where the term ...
... this; the very clergy people were the people in the past whom we find that they were assisting the very comrades who were actually necklacing the councillors and they were actually providing them with attorneys, providing them with finance. Now where the fairness would be if we had decided that ...
 
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