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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.

... in the South African context in racial terms, the white state constructed black South Africans as the enemy. Mr Anderson Lizo, a youth from Upington, was a victim of this indiscriminate persecution. In 1985, while waiting for friends after a rugby game at school, he was picked up by the ...
Reconciliation in Upington, Northern Cape: Nicholas ‘Oupa’ Links and the Jonga family 84 The house of Mr Nicholas Links, a municipal police officer, came under attack by youths in December 1986. When his daughter’s head was injured by a stone hurled by the four youths attacking his house, ...
... indicate that Ms Vivian Tshadi, who allegedly broke the consumer boycott, was hacked to death and her body burnt in July 1985. 159 Incidents in Upington and Phillipstown clearly illustrate the close relationship between police shootings and subsequent attacks on so-called collaborators. They ...
... extended beyond the activities of the state and vigilante groups to inter-party conflict. Mr Jim Bonakele Yanta, an ANC Youth League member in Upington, spoke of the Upington hearing of conflict between ANC and National Party supporters. This conflict led to displacement as “some of the ...
move in amongst the other women in the women’s associations and groups to go and pray. It was always, it felt to me as if I was accused of this ‘Upington 26’ case. It didn’t matter to them what was happening to me. Their prayers were always plaintive. I always had to hear about the food ...
... the protests, probably as a result of a blow to the head with a gun butt. Mr Ivan Segami [CT06012] was shot dead by police on 22 July. 452 In Upington, the ANC Youth League led demonstrations against the local Paballelo municipality. Mr Lizo Anderson Mpendelo [CT01400] was shot in August ...
... the Victoria West water supply. Another case highlighted the torture of a young woman whose breast was slammed in a drawer. g Northern Cape (Upington) (30 September - 2 October 1996). The first day of the hearings was dedicated to the killing of the policeman, Jetta Sethwale, and the trial ...
... also had a bearing on travel to the Northern Cape, which was largely determined by the statement taking and planning required for the Kimberley and Upington hearings. 4 The regional office also experienced some difficulties in attempting to document repression on the Cape Flats. A number of ...
... they were left without leadership and many of them, angry even at our arrest, did things which were irrational. 54 At the human rights hearing in Upington, on 2 October 1996, local community leader and minister Aubrey Beukes apologised to the mother of the murdered municipal constable, Lukas ...
... on 14 December 1986. Mr Zenzile Dyantyi [CT01523/KAR] was shot and then assaulted in September 1987. 84 At the Commission’s public hearings in Upington, municipal policeman Nicholas Makandile ‘Oupa’ Links voluntarily testified to killing Mr Elliot Mbulelo Jonga [CT01417/UPI] on 31 ...
... traumas affected him deeply, both psychologically and physically. 226 Mr Mxolisi Jacobs [CT04205], an active member of the youth organisation in Upington, was detained on 15 June 1986 during a wider pre-June 16 security crackdown under the state of emergency. The prison authorities stated that ...
... per cent), followed by African (29.9 per cent), white (16.3 per cent) and Asian (0.3 per cent). 7 The major city is Kimberley; larger towns are Upington and De Aar. The main economic activities are mining (diamonds, asbestos, copper) and farming, mainly cattle and maize. Industrial and ...
... pattern. In certain instances, fatal police shootings were followed almost immediately by fatal attacks on so-called collaborators, as happened in Upington and Phillipstown. After 1986, police shootings tended to be at the hands of the special constables, discussed later. Certain incidents in ...
... for women. During the hearings, many women spoke in particular about what it meant to be separated from their children. Ms Evelyn de Bruin of Upington who, together with her husband, spent many long months on death row after being convicted of common purpose simply because they were present ...
... September 11 - 12 Newcastle September 23 - 26 Klerksdorp September 23 - 24 Duncan Village (East London) October 02 - 03 Upington October 03 - 04 Thohoyandou October 07 De Aar October 08 Hanover October 09 Colesberg October 08 - 10 Welkom ...
... Durban, less than twelve hours after having been detained, on 3 August 1977. h Mr Mxolisi Johannes ‘Dikkie’ Jacobs [CT04205/UPI] died in Upington police cells on 22 October 1986, another alleged suicide by hanging. i Mr Phakamile Harry Mabija [CT00135/KIM; also see CT00635/KIM and ...
available. This kept staff appointments to a minimum. For example, a single officer was appointed in Cape Town to cover a region extending as far as Upington, Kimberley and Port Elizabeth. 13 Unofficial nodal points were established to assist in the gathering of intelligence. These included the ...
5.4.86 Makompe Kutumela Lebowa Police assault 11.4.86 Peter Nchabaleng Lebowa Police assault 22.10.86 Xoluso Johannes Jacobs Upington ‘Suicide by hanging’ 26.3.87 Benedict Mashoke Burgersfort ‘Suicide by hanging’ 24.7.87 Eric Mntonga East ...
... and Mr Bekebeke described this as a ‘crowd attack’ during a period of conflict. 117. Mr Bekebeke was part of the well-known trial of the ‘Upington 26’ in which twenty-five residents were convicted of the killing in terms of the ‘common purpose’ doctrine. The twenty-sixth person ...
 
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