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right-wing attacks

Explanation
Prior to February 1990, violations committed by members of right-wing organisations took the form of isolated attacks with a strong racist character. During the early 1990s, members of right-wing organisations, perceiving themselves to be placed under siege by the process of constitutional negotiations for a democratic dispensation, carried out a large number of attacks aimed at securing the political interests of conservative Afrikaners. Isolated racist attacks on individuals were replaced by mass demonstrations and orchestrated bombing and sabotage campaigns. Between April 1993 and May 1994, right-wing groups engaged in a range of activities to disrupt the negotiations process then underway, and later to destabilise the electoral process. Many of these acts were directed against persons perceived to be supporters and leaders of the ANC, the SACP, the UDF, the PAC and the National Party, and resulted in gross violations of human rights. Violations of a purely racial character were also carried out against black people. During the pre-election period, the AWB and other right-wing organisations engaged in a bombing campaign with the aim of derailing the electoral process. The objective of these activities was to move towards 'overthrowing' the National Party government and to establish a Boererepubliek (Boer republic) and volkstaat. Public areas such as taxi ranks, bus stops and railway stations were targeted, as were private residential and business premises of those associated with the ANC or the unfolding democratic order. State property was also targeted, especially following the announcement that the Group Areas Act was to be repealed and schools opened to all. A number of formerly 'white' schools were bombed. The campaign involved many acts of sabotage, some of which led to the loss of life.

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in any way assisted the move to democracy in South Africa? // I don’t understand how your question fit into all this. However the aim of all these attacks was to fight to get back our land. Therefore, as I’m saying, there’s nothing racial, it was just an order that I had to carry ...
... in 1980. These two men spearheaded the total counterrevolutionary strategy that dominated South Africa in the 1980s. It was a brutal strategy of attacks across our country’s borders, clandestine operations, dirty tricks, death squads and the sinister third force. It was therefore with ...
... South Africa’s prisons. We have heard the perpetrators of torture describe their methods: the wet bag, the helicopter, electric shocks. Sadistic attacks against the body. Yet the one form of torture described as the worst the world over is that of solitary confinement, where a prisoner is ...
... on him to gain information. He was a great ANC activist. He had thrown several petrol bombs in Mamelodi and he was involved in arson and petrol attacks on policemen’s houses. Electrical shocks were also executed on him and it was necessary to gain information from him about his activities ...
Our purpose was also to show to the PAC and its communist allies that attacks of this kind would not be tolerated.
The Truth Commission has heard evidence before of attacks on exile South Africans in neighbouring states. The attack on Father Michael Lapsley in Zimbabwe, the murder of Jackie Quinn, and others in Lesotho in 1987. On Tuesday a remarkable survivor told of the bloody South African raid on Maseru in ...
We now know that APLA members were responsible for both attacks. We also now know that the PAC deliberately chose to intensify its armed struggle at a time when political parties were fine tuning arrangements for democratic elections. // ‘All six applicants are serving jail sentences for the ...
Church in Kenilworth. They fired machine guns and threw hand grenades at the congregation of nearly 1000 people. This was one of a series of similar attacks by APLA in the early nineties. The attack lasted for about 30 seconds and resulted in 11 deaths, and 55 injuries. This week some survivors ...
... why they sent in … to say ‘we’ve got nothing to do with this.’ But using their forces and the covert operation not from RSA soil to launch attacks against that that they deemed to be a big problem at the time. And then how do you counter a mass movement? A mass movement that just started ...
Both men seemed eager to help each other with what they wanted. They were planning to attend a service in St James Church together and to visit Khaya Makoma in prison. Charl van Wyk also pledged to help the PAC commander in his crusade to meet with other survivors of PAC attacks.
... 1989 the South African military fought a bloody war against the Angolan government forces and their allies, the Cubans. During the same period, attacks against ANC facilities in Southern Africa cost many lives and created much suffering. The story of South Africa’s regional wars and the ...
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