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Khotso House bombing

Explanation
On 1 September 1988, Khotso House, the headquarters of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and the UDF was damaged extensively by explosives set by members of the Security Branch. Twenty-three people were treated for shock. In October, Khanya House, the offices of the South African Bishops' Conference (SACBC) was damaged in an arson and limpet mine attack. Senior security force officers and Security Branch admitted to the Commission that they were ordered by either the then State President or senior members of the government to carry out the attacks.

... Committee accepted the following finding, which Mr De Klerk conceded to. 29. Proposed finding relating to Mr FW de Klerk’s knowledge of the Khotso House bombing: Mr FW de Klerk was a member of the State Security Council throughout the 1980s and State President and head of the former ...
... unsafe. At the time of the explosion there were about twenty people in the building, two of whom were slightly injured. 514 This and the Khotso House incident described below are the only instances for which a member of the former government applied for amnesty for an unlawful act. Mr ...
... of bombing or arson. Attacks on buildings 121. Attacks on offices included the 1982 bombing of the ANC offices in London, Cosatu House and Khotso House, all operations that were authorised at the highest level.51 At the amnesty hearing into the bombing of Cosatu House, the Congress of ...
... have been a risk as it was inciteful’. 113. In August 1988, Minister Vlok was allegedly ord e red by then State President PW Botha to render Khotso House ‘unusable’, but to do so without loss of life. Khotso House was the headquarters of the South African Council of Churches , ...
... of direct attacks on churches and related institutions by the state were the banning of the Christian Institute in 1977 and the 1988 bombing of Khotso House, the headquarters of the SACC. This latter action by the state should be seen in the context of an ongoing battle with the SACC, waged ...
... to cover up offences committed by the police; involvement in some seven acts of sabotage and bombing (including the bombings of Cosatu House and Khotso House); several attempted killings; several instances of supplying weapons to the IFP in the early 1990s, and one killing. 76 See Volume Tw o, ...
... was that of Mr Michael Bellingham. Mr Bellingham was one of the more than thirty security policemen who applied for amnesty for the bombing of Khotso House, Cosatu House and ‘Cry Freedom’ cinemas.26 Bellingham requested amnesty for the murder of his wife on the grounds that she had ...
... the fact that former President de Klerk was aware that his commissioner of police had been involved in illegal activity regarding the bombing of Khotso House, he continued to retain his position as the most senior policeman in the country. Similarly, despite allegations emerging from the Steyn ...
... Furthermore, the provisions of the relevant Conventions and Protocol I become particularly important when dealing with the bombing incidents (Khotso House, the Magoo and Why Not Bars, the London ANC office and so on). The period March 1960 to 1977 42. During the period March 1960 to ...
... operations as suggested above, but as part of a policy of meeting violence with violence. The involvement of the highest political authority in the Khotso House bombing is an eloquent example of the extent to which breaking the law was seen to be both legitimate and authorised. 518 The above ...
 
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