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East Rand violence

Explanation
From mid-1985 until the early 1990s, East Rand townships experienced some of the most violent conflict ever experienced in the PWV area. Train violence, taxi violence, conflict between township residents and hostels, between ANC self-defence units (SDUs) and IFP self-protection units (SPUs) and the activities of the Khumalo gang resulted in an unprecedented number of deaths and injuries. Covert operations by security force members also contributed to a general escalation of violence in the region. The security forces repeatedly ignored warnings of impending attacks and frequently refused to become involved in what it termed the 'black-on-black' conflict. They were accused by many of orchestrating and fanning conflict in order to undermine and weaken the recently unbanned ANC.

... voluntary testimony from a policeman on duty the night Adri Faas was killed by a fellow policeman. The following segment focuses on violence on the East Rand during the tumultuous eighties, including the killing of youth activists in Duduza by Vlakplaas operatives. ?Operation Zero Zero? ...
A report on the HRV hearings held in Tembisa, Duduza, Benoni and Vosloorus (26 to 28 November and 4 to 7 February) focuses on hostel violence on the East Rand. Included in this segment is an interview with former director of the NGO monitors, the Human Rights Commission and manager of the TRC's ...
... of police violence to speak before the TRC. The final segment focuses on vigilante gang leader, ?Bishop? Mbekizeni Khumalo from Tokoza on the East Rand, many of whose victims have spoken out at the HRV Committee hearings held in Duduza this week (4 to 7 ...
East Rand violence during the eighties
Violence in Tembisa on the East Rand
East Rand Violence
They and the other police officers named in the report were placed on immediate leave. Police units implicated were the old Vlakplaas units C10, the East Rand Murder and Robbery Squad and the Durban Security Branch as well as the KwaZulu police. The report is based on information received from a ...
The term ‘East Rand Unrest’ was used excessively in the eighties and early nineties to describe virtually continuous conflict between the people of this vast area east of Johannesburg and the police and army. This week the Truth Commission listened to a story from one of the East Rand ...
I was chopped and my hand was cut and I had no arm after that. The doctor asked me where was the other piece of my arm. I told him I don’t know.
At the amnesty hearings this week Gen Johan van der Merwe and Brig Jack Cronje told the nation why the grenades were booby trapped and who gave this order. It was a time when the ANC had stepped up the armed struggle. General van der Merwe said it was a reaction to an intensifying people’s war. ...
During the early nineties a war between the ANC and IFP spread through townships like Tokoza, Kathlehong and Vosloorus. The East Rand became synonymous with death. This week the victims relive the chaos and violence of that time.
It is perpetrated, we believe by forces that are against the talks about peace. The violence is particularly connected with Inkatha and people are saying that openly. // We need to see township violence as part of a broader strategy by the apartheid government, and I think that evidence has come to ...
It is perpetrated, we believe, by forces that are against the talks about peace. The violence is particularly connected with Inkatha and people are saying that openly.
In 1993 more than 1500 people were killed in the orgies of violence that engulfed the East Rand townships near Johannesburg. Most of the violence was rooted in the political conflict between the supporters of the ANC, who were primarily township residents, and Inkatha hostel dwellers. Bloody ...
... away the Vusimuzi hostel served as a springboard for vicious attacks on the community. It was not an isolated case. In the hostels across the East Rand there originated what became simplistically known as black on black violence. Allegations of a third force, so often denied by the then ...
The death of the activists unleashed a fury of violence in the East Rand townships. The community was blinded by anger and looking for a guilty party. At the first of two funerals Archbishop Desmond Tutu had to save the life of a man believed to be working for the security forces. At the second ...
For youths like Wanda Mchacho Mabaso, whose family was wiped out during the East Rand violence, joining up together as boys and facing the conflict head on was the only solution.
... a hideout for the notorious Toasters gang. It was built in the late seventies as a labour compound to serve the industries of Kempton Park and the East Rand. In the early nineties it became much more. During a spree of violence residents who were not Zulu and not Inkatha members were driven out ...
Allegations of security force involvement in the East Rand violence have never gone away. A third force and Vlakplaas operatives were alleged to be fanning the fires of war, but the most often heard allegation was that the police gave Inkatha guns and protection. In this ANC video police drop off ...
 
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