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Operation Zero Zero

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Eight young activists were killed and at least seven were injured in explosions involving booby-trapped hand grenades in Duduza, KwaThema and Tsakane, Tvl, on 26 June 1985. The zero-timed grenades had been provided by a Vlakplaas operative purporting to be an MK operative. The operation, codenamed 'Zero Zero', had been authorised by the Minister of Law and Order. Fifteen Security Branch operatives, including the head of the Security Branch and other senior personnel, were granted amnesty for the operation.

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... were planning to leave the country for military training; the April 1990 murder of Sam Chan and his family in Botswana; and a 1991 joint Vlakplaas operation that employed ex-Koevoet soldiers to attack and kill four alleged gun smugglers. The episode concludes with a segment on the former ...
... deals with the controversy surrounding witness Bennet Sibaya?s allegation that Truth Commissioner Dumisa Ntsebeza had been involved in the APLA operation. In an interview with Special Report Ntsebeza suggests he was framed at the time of the incident because of his activities as a human ...
... in fighting government opponents. This segment includes a report on the killing of the Ribeiro couple ? a joint security branch and Special Forces operation ? and on the meaning of the word ?eliminate? debated by former policemen and commissioners. MK representative, Mac Maharaj, challenges ...
This episode starts with a report on the Gugulethu Seven special hearing (17 to 18 February) where 6 of the 22 policemen implicated in the operation gave evidence. The segment includes interviews with an unnamed MK cadre who claims to have survived the shootout and a forensics expert who challenges ...
... was executed by members of the Benoni security branch; we also hear testimony from relatives of a SADF conscript that disappeared on a cross border operation into Zimbabwe, covered up by the SADF; and testimonies from victims of violent clashes between the IFP and ANC in Tokoza, Kathlehong and ...
... his wife Irene and questions why Irene Motasi and Florence Ribeiro were killed along with their husbands. In the following segment a survivor of ?Operation Zero Zero?- a 1985 Vlakplaas operation in Duduza in which COSAS activists were killed by booby-trapped hand grenades provided by Joe ...
... RSA government decided on the 20th of December 1985 to grant him the support and tasked the SADF to render the support. This project was known as Operation Marion. // Operation Marion? Should I believe that in all these conflicts in the black areas as we blacks and other, what do you call, ...
‘Third Force: Operation Marion.’ // I really can’t give you a very informed opinion. My recollection of that was as I can remember, a case was made out that then Chief Minister Buthelezi’s life was under threat, many of his leading figures had been targeted. There’s need for well trained ...
... Party leader FW de Klerk was present at both these meetings. The Defence Force implemented the State Security Council decision and called it ‘Operation Marion.’ Two hundred Inkatha recruits were trained in secret in Caprivi in Northern Namibia in 1986 and put under the control of IFP ...
On Friday we met with Robert McBride in the gardens of the Union Buildings where he now works. // This particular operation cannot be seen in isolation to what the state was doing. It was after a period of a number of cross-border raids in which men, women and children, mostly not even members of ...
... enemy uniforms, rifles, ammunition, weapon gear and transport. We were to tie yellow scarves on our shoulders to go enemy or not. Major Du Toit was operation commanding officer and Captain Ben Venter field commanding officer over Operation Modular. Infiltration, deep into enemy territory, ...
On third February ’86 Operation Marion which involved the training of a paramilitary unit for the protection of VIP’s in KwaZulu was approved by the State Security Council. Any suggestions therefore that the training of the KwaZulu units had anything to do with the establishment of a third ...
... He told the Amnesty Committee how he’d received an instruction from his superiors to participate in the AWB’s so-called ‘white by night’ operation. // The streets of white residents would be patrolled from 9 pm in the evening and that all blacks will be removed from the town, if not ...
In 1991 PAC’s military high command launched operation ‘Great Storm.’ Farmers and their families started dying on the Free State and Eastern Cape platteland [countryside]. One of those who died was the elderly Mr. JJ Fourie. He was ambushed by four APLA members late one afternoon here at the ...
... death of innocent civilians and also other acts of terror. I later heard that an Indian man, his wife and two children had been killed in this operation or died in the operation. They were sleeping, they were shot; explosives were placed in the house. Yes, Willie Nortje now works for ...
‘Third Force: Operation Marion’ // Now how did it happen, why did it happen?
... in KwaZulu-Natal. At the same time we have heard of the deaths of two others who had disappeared, Charles Ndaba and Mbuso Tshabalala - members of Operation Vula, the ANC’s ambitious strategy to create an underground military network inside the country. But there are no bodies. Ndaba and ...
‘Wesselsdal Farm this week’ // This house as you can see used to belong to Mr. Johnny Barnard Smith. One day we came here in 1993 on the 25th of July. We were very young. We were members of the task force; that is a component part of APLA that helps APLA to attack the farmers and to chase them ...
June 26, 1986. Shortly after midnight a group of 13 ANC activists launches a hand grenade attack on the house of a policeman on the East Rand. The grenades and the limpet mine explode in their faces. Six activists and two innocent bystanders die. The story has been told by its executioner. // De ...
I received an instruction that Piet Ntuli had to be eliminated because he destabilized the area in KwaNdebele and in reality, furthered the aims of the ANC. // Cronje is not sure where the decision to eliminate Ntuli came from. It could have been the security forces’ counter insurgency unit, or ...
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