On 3 March 1986 seven men aged between 16 and 23 were shot dead in a field at Guguletu, Cape Town. Police claimed that the victims were known 'terrorists' and had been killed during a legitimate anti-terrorist operation. A magistrate at two inquests made the same finding. The Commission's investigation into the incident revealed an extensive cover-up by the security forces involved in the incident. Security Branch members from Cape Town and Vlakplaas infiltrated askaris into a group of seven activists, planned an ambush of police personnel to lure the youths into a trap, then killed them. Two Security Branch members from Vlakplaas were granted amnesty.
Guguletu youth killed by police