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Police brutality

Explanation
The 1980s and 1990s were characterised by ongoing student protests and boycotts and the repressive and brutal response of the police to those engaging in resistance politics. Members of the SAP frequently resorted to firepower as a means of crowd control when clashes broke out between police and protesters in public marches, demonstrations and at funerals. Members of the SAP also frequently used assault and torture as a means of extracting information from detainees or punishing detainees for their alleged role in active community politics such as organised boycotts and protest actions. The Commission received many victims' accounts of police brutality, particularly in public order policing situations, and in the course of detention under emergency regulations.

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Durban academic, Doctor Richard Turner, and evidence of attempted assassinations on Fatima Meer and Harold Strachan. We also hear about incidents of police brutality in the Western Cape (from the Winelands HRV hearings, 14 to 16 October) including voluntary testimony from a policeman on duty the ...
... It also covers deaths in detention in the region, including that of Ahmed Timol, Neil Aggett, Suliman Saloojee, Nicodemas Kgoathe; incidents of police brutality against black youth in the 1980s; the torture and murder of Jacob Maake, Andrew Makope and Harold Sefolo by the South African ...
... the HRV Committee hearings held in Heideveld in the Western Cape (22 to 25 April 1996). Segments include cases of torture and death in detention; police brutality following the June 1976 uprising, the 1985 Pollsmoor march and the attempted forced removals in 1986, Khayelitsha; and the tactic of ...
... / journalist Sandile Dikeni who provides some background on this practice. The programme also profiles the killing of three Bongulethu youths by police and evidence on the brutality of Bongulethu kitskonstabels. The episode ends with Gen Leon Mellet, former spokesperson of the Ministry of Law ...
... the HRV Committee hearings held in Grahamstown (7 to 9 April) from where we hear survivors and victims? relatives give testimony on incidents of police brutality in the Eastern Cape region. Also included is a report back on the HRV Committee hearings held in Messina, Louis Trichardt and ...
... black consciousness, black pride; black dignity in South Africa. But the circumstances surrounding his death have always been associated with white police brutality, secrecy and lies. Biko was arrested on the 18th of August 1977 for breaking his banning order. He was held here at the Walmer ...
‘The police however are actively engaged in restoring order and there is definitely no reason for any panic.’ // ‘This government will not be intimidated and instructions have been given to maintain law and order at all costs. Those educational institutions at which blacks are destroying ...
Western Cape police brutality
Police brutality, June ‘76
Queenstown violence, police brutality
Free State: Police brutality, disappearance of exiles
Police brutality in the Eastern Cape, Grahamstown HRV hearings
Nzimeni Bosman was arrested for handing out pamphlets in 1991 in Kimberley. // Then I went into the police station. There were two white guys, I don’t know their names and a police man called Petrus wanted to take my finger prints and he put my head into the toilet seat. When I pulled my head ...
... for militant anti-apartheid defiance in the Cape. Here, generations of hard lined activists, young street fighters and MK guerrillas fought the police and the state in a head on battle. In the 80s Bonteheuwel responded to ever increasing police action against them by forming the Bonteheuwel ...
... for militant anti-apartheid defiance in the Cape. Here, generations of hard lined activists, young street fighters and MK guerrillas fought the police and the state in a head on battle. In the 80s Bonteheuwel responded to ever increasing police action against them by forming the Bonteheuwel ...
Thabo Moorosi was detained in 1986 in the old Bophuthatswana. // I was taken to Mafikeng police station where I was forced to remain naked in a cell and then I was tortured brutally. And then I was hit with the back of a gun on my head and all this horrible things were done to me. So they wanted ...
We then continued to, throughout the night and on the following day on Sunday, there was still street battles in Alexandra between the youth and the police and the army. And then, that was the second day. The third day, on a Monday there was a stay away called in Alexandra to say people should not ...
Some preferred to stay behind. And this week they told the Commission of torture, of killings and of the pain that is so hard to forget. // He removed those electric wires from my neck and then they turned me on the other side. He opened my trousers at the back and then they took these electric ...
When I say I’m affected psychologically, I’m not a psychiatric patient. But if you can ask any person who was detained under section 29 he will tell you the after effects of that. Anybody who was detained under that section never comes out a normal person again.
‘This government will not be intimidated and instructions have been given to maintain law and order at all costs. Those educational institutions at which blacks are destroying their own amenities will be closed for an indefinite period. // Law and order in South Africa is more important to me ...
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