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Pollsmoor march

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On 28 August 1985, thousands of marchers set off from different points in Cape Town to Pollsmoor prison to demand the release of Nelson Mandela. The marches were violently disrupted by police. Nine people were killed that day, and by the end of the week the death toll had risen to 28. The event helped spark the outbreak of street protests and severe unrest across Cape Town until the end of the year.

This episode includes reports on the killing of the Gugulethu Seven and the 1985 Pollsmoor march, the focus of HRV hearings held in Cape Town (from 26 to 28 November). The segment includes testimonies from eye witnesses and policemen involved with the Gugulethu incident and historical footage of ...
... 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 framing activists as informers. Other segments include the ...
The attempted Pollsmoor march to free Mandela on 28 August 1985 ended in mayhem and murder. It was a turning point which unleashed sustained upheaval in the region. Charles Maroti was one of those who went to release Mandela from Pollsmoor. On his return to Gugulethu he was shot and killed while ...
The August 1985 Pollsmoor March and the ensuing violence
Adri Faas was a 19 year old law student when he was gunned down by police in Paarl in 1985. He was returning from his girlfriend’s home when it happened here in this quiet street near the police station in the suburb of Huguenot. His unsuspecting parents received the fateful telephone call the ...
... United Democratic Front was growing in strength and the levels of repression with it. On the 28th of August thousands of people joined a march to Pollsmoor prison to demand the release of Nelson Mandela. For many this was their first taste of political activism. Some of them must have thought ...
... report on the killing of the Gugulethu Seven and on the dramatic and bloody days six months before when 28 people were killed after a UDF march to Pollsmoor Prison. We introduce you to a rather mysterious man who spread South Africa’s terror far across our borders, Peter Casselton. And we go ...
On the 3rd of August 1985 UDF leader Allan Boesak announced plans for a march on Pollsmoor Prison. Among those at its head would be many of Cape Town’s religious leaders.
 
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