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Gaborone raid

Explanation
On 14 June 1985, SADF Special Forces, together with members of the Security branch, launched a cross-border attack ANC targets in Gaborone, Botswana. Twelve people were killed and six wounded in the operation. Among those killed were eight South Africans, two Botswana nationals, a Somali and a Lesotho citizen. The ANC claimed that only five of those killed had links with the organisation.

... an “ANC planning facility” in Maputo, Mozambique, on 17 October 1983; e Operation Plecksy: an attack on alleged ANC residences and offices in Gaborone, Botswana on 14 June 1985; f Operation Leo: co-ordinated SAAF and Special Forces attacks on alleged ANC facilities in Botswana, Zimbabwe ...
... by Craig Williamson and included the planting of stories in newspapers like The Citizen and Sunday Times under such headlines as “The Guns of Gaborone”. In a discussion with the Commission, Eugene de Kock stated that some of the weapons displayed as captured in the raid were in fact ...
... and Captain Paul van Dyk from Ermelo and Sergeant Douw Willemse from Vlakplaas. 264 On 14 June 1986, Special Forces commandos attacked a house in Gaborone and killed an ANC member, Mr Matsela Pokolela, and injured two other Batswana citizens. Few details are available on this operation other ...
... Charl Naude, then operational commander of Barnacle, approximately one month before the operation. 65 South African Congress of Trade Unions The Gaborone raid, 1985 138. On the night of 14 June 1985, the eve of the ANC’s consultative conference in Kabwe, Zambia, Special Forces conducted a ...
... the NIS, SADF Military Intelligence and Special Forces . Thus, for example, the following structures engaged in target identification for the Gaborone raid: the Africa Desk at Security Branch Headquarters; the Western Transvaal, Soweto and Transvaal Security Branch offices; NIS; SADF ...
... Brits was accompanied by seven other Vlakplaas members in this operation. 492 The Commission has uncorroborated information of an attack in Gaborone in February 1985 in which two exiled South African journalists escaped injury when their home was bombed; of the killing of an unnamed South ...
... twenty-one34 people recorded in the ANC submission as having been killed in Botswana, eleven were killed in the 14 June 1985 Special Forces raid on Gaborone. No applications were received for six of the remaining ten killings. Botswana was regarded as the responsibility of the SADF. C1/Vlakplaas ...
... WAS KILLED BY UNKNOWN PERSONS IN SWAZILAND ON AN UNKNOWN DATE IN 1984. 253 In early 1985, the house of a South African exile, Mr Nat Serache, in Gaborone, Botswana was attacked in an assassination attempt. General Albertus Steyn, Brigadiers W Loots [AM4149/96/] and Willem Schoon and Colonel ...
... AND LINDY PHAHLE AND JOSEPH MALAZA 12. This is the story Hilda Phahle told the Commission about the South African Defence Force (SADF) raid on Gaborone in 1985:5 3 I will start from ‘is hulle dood, morsdood? ’5 4 These are the words of the SADF members after killing our children on lot ...
... of cross-border operations had been authorised by the state, and General Coetzee testified to involvement in the 1982 Maseru raid and the 1985 Gaborone raid. 328. Applicants gave further evidence of high-level political authorisation at a meeting of the senior national and divisional ...
hearing was pending at the time of reporting. 345 In May 1982, Mr Peter Lengene, a student leader who fled South Africa in 1976, was abducted from Gaborone, Botswana. During the course of his exile, he became active in the South African Students Revolutionary Council. His abduction was carried ...
... hardly anybody applied for amnesty for these operations. 140. General Coetzee testified as to his involvement in the Maseru raid and the raid on Gaborone. It is known that these raids were authorised by the former government, despite the fact that no minuted decision can be found in either the ...
... towards civilian casualties. Two days before the C o n f e rence, South African security forces launched across - border raid on residences in Gaborone in Botswana, killing twelve people.1 2 4 A c c o rding to the ANC, none of the casualties were MK operatives. This attack on what the ANC ...
... of arms caches, the sabotage of offices and installations and attacks on homes and hostels. 74 With regard to target identification for the Gaborone Raid, applicants were granted amnesty for the targets in respect of which they specifically remembered supplying information. 75 Soweto ...
 
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