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people's war

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a popular national rebellion of both trained soldiers and ordinary civilians during the mid- to late 80s. The strategy, promoted by the ANC, involved integrating armed MK combatants with mass organisations inside South African townships, and rendering the townships ungovernable through attacks on the security forces and other representatives of the state.

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... on the HRV Committee hearings held in Pietermaritzburg (18 to 21 November) where we hear testimonies from victims of the March 1990 Seven Day War in the greater Edendale Valley, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, during which nearly 200 people died and 200 000 were left homeless. It also includes ...
... aligned residents. This is followed by a special documentary on the people of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, with a focus on the March 1990 Seven Day War. The episode concludes with Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaking to Max du Preez about truth, reconciliation and the progress of the Truth ...
... for the soldiers who fought on both sides of the apartheid struggle. She specifically referred to the soldiers who fought the white government’s war in neigbouring states. Earlier this year we showed you a programme on the scars left on the soldiers who fought in South Africa’s dirty war in ...
... no idea what it’s about. They have no idea what goes through your head. You have to remember that our parents’ generation did no experience a war. Our grandfathers were in the Second World War. Then our parents missed a war and the next generation was again involved in a war and there ...
there is no other word for what happened in the Natal midlands in 1990. 200 people died in the single biggest massacre in our history, the seven day war. Tonight we will tell you what happened and how it happened and we will give you the full drama of the Truth Commission hearings in ...
... is something specially constructed to enable people to mourn, to remember, where they can go. And perhaps the finest example of that is the Vietnam War Dead Monument in Washington. Instead of putting up a big, imposing lump of concrete with all sorts of dazzling features and so on, it’s a very ...
took place on Saturday the 15th of February, 1986. After the burial angry youth clashed with heavily armed police. This was the start of the six day war. ...
The six day war expelled the police from Alex. Black policemen were seen as siding with the oppressor, and they were no longer welcome in the community. Comrades and people’s courts took over the keeping of law and order. // But in April the police came back to wreak havoc. //
... in Vietnam. In South Africa it was first called ‘bossies’ after the experiences of mostly white South African soldiers in the bush during the war on our borders. But post traumatic stress disorder is also a condition suffered by many thousands of former soldiers of Umkhonto we Sizwe and ...
... entitled to a straight answer. // What I’m saying mister Chairperson is that Mr. Du Plessis was referring to violence, Dr Treurnicht was talking war. // Oh I see. There’s a difference is there between killing people in war and killing people by assassin. // There is mister Chairman, there ...
A good policeman at the unit was identified by the amount of hours of hard work he had put in, and definitely you had to be anti-ANC in a very strong manner. // We were shown video tapes and we saw people we were being necklaced by tyres and we saw houses were burnt down and people were killed. We ...
But it was devastating to the AWB and changed right wing politics very fundamentally. // It’s easy to talk about war and especially for people in the AWB at that time. Every second sentence they said had to do with war and nobody has actually ever seen it. And, when they saw that on television ...
... September, I think it was about October, the 9th of October Dave Ntombela who is very much against the UDF took a group of men and they went over towards that hill there, an area called Zondisto, and they murdered in one of the houses there that night a woman and a child and a young man belonging ...
... spirits harming the inhabitants of that particular home. That is Intelezi which is visible. But the second Intelezi is the one which is used by all warriors, all regiments; all traditional soldiers when going to war. They will first consult inyanga, or traditional doctor. This traditional doctor ...
We are proud of what we did. We…. It is unfortunate that people had to die, but it is not something that we are ashamed of, that we did go to war. War is by its very nature evil and if the war has another method to avoid it we would have avoided it.
Have you apologised about wasting a valuable life that might have made a valuable contribution to the people of South Africa? // No, how can I ever apologise for an act of war. War is war.
… go for a gun if the government is ruled by a minority that has allocated itself the right to rule the majority, but I know that war is evil and from time to time we rationalize it, some time we view it as a necessary evil. Some people will call it just war; others will call it holy war. By so ...
... the talks were already taking place and the date for the election had already been set, so it was almost as if we were working together already towards peace. We’re just confused …. // As far as I know the situation in the country it was against anyone old and young, so I grew up seeing ...
Let’s face facts, the ANC as far as [inaudible] was concerned, they were at war with the South African government or whatever you like to call it: conflict. The fact is the whole basis was a war like situation. And all of a sudden the police was faced with this situation and they had to ...
... APLA on white civilians. // A new pattern arose in the 1990s where civilians within the white community were attacked. In the nature of guerrilla warfare, which is unlike conventional warfare, detailed plans could not be made from Dar es Salaam. The actual targets were decided by local ...
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