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Upington 26

Explanation
Twenty-six people were charged with participation in the crowd killing of Municipal Policeman Lucas 'Jetta' Sethwala in Paballelo, Upington, on 13 November 1985. Of the 25 convicted of murder on the basis of common purpose, 14 were sentenced to death. The twenty-sixth person was convicted of attempted murder. The death sentences were later overturned on appeal and most were given prison terms instead. Those serving prison terms were later released as political prisoners.

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Is it correct that when you became aware of the fact that the Commission would have hearings here in Upington, you voluntarily approached the Commission and made a statement to us in which you made certain submissions? --- That's correct.
MR BEKEBEKE: The black township just outside Upington.
... purpose case, just to demonstrate something on the judges. The most famous of the common purpose cases are obviously the Sharpeville Six and the Upington 14 and I have dealt with these in my submission, but I want to look briefly at the Queenstown Six, less known in our ...
... that led up to the tragic death of your son. We were also reminded this morning of the fact that throughout the hearings and the trials of the 'Upington 26' very little attention was given to your pain and to your grief, and to your suffering for the loss of your son and it is the intention ...
MR STEINBERG: Cases that were very interesting to me included the Upington 14. I could not understand that 14 people could be executed or found guilty since there were no proper witnesses. These people were simply pointed out and I felt that it might well have been wrong to hang 14 people, to ...
In our opinion Mrs Beatrice Sethwala of 405 Pilane Street, Pabellelo, Upington, is a victim in relation to the incident and the matter is referred to the Reparation and Rehabilitation Committee for consideration in terms of the provisions of Section 22(1) of the Act.
... for us and Mr Rudolph van der Heever then, he was on his way in a yellow Cressida to say that he had phoned the security branch headquarters in Upington to tell them that they must leave us alone. On the 13th February, we were at home and the police arrived Ambrosius took them into the house ...
MR NORTJE: We carried it with us to the vehicle and placed it in the vehicle of the person who was waiting near the highway, the person from the Security Branch. We placed it in his vehicle, we climbed into out vehicles and drove to Upington and he departed.
MR POTGIETER: Mr Yona, you were one of the accused in this Upington 26th case. You have made a statement in which you have given us a lot of this background and we have already listened to the background evidence given by other speakers. It is not necessary to go into detail about the background ...
... her forehead where the bullet lodged. Doctor Kok said this child had to be taken to Kimberley hospital. There was another person who had to go to Upington and we got into the ambulance on our way to Kimberley but we could only get to Upington where this other person had to get off. When we got ...
24/09/82 Economic: railway bridge near Upington Explosives placed; no details
... offer for example where the situation - can I mention a specific case? Let us look for example at the group of people who came to be known as the Upington Twenty Six. They killed an agent. Some of them, one of them killed an agent of the State. In that ...
... political literature, where one of the members, who happen not to be here today, I learnt it later that he has passed away, he is originally from Upington and that is Tulani. I might not recall his ...
... post-mortem. They told me that I would go with them. When we went back to town we tried to find a lawyer. We got a lawyer who was staying at the Upington hotel at the time. We talked to the lawyer, he said he would represent us. I have forgotten the lawyer's surname. From there, we went to ...
... We went to Kimberley to the Regional Court and there at the Court we appeared and the same man, the Basson, Judge Basson who convicted the 'Upington 26' and I also feel like this mother said, I would never be able to forgive Judge Basson because he treated me in the same way that he had ...
you can adjust the volume on your head set. I am sure the briefer will help you. Okay. Mr Kutu you are also somebody who has been involved in the Upington 26th incident and trial. We have heard evidence from quite a few people already this morning but we would like to hear the story from your ...
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