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Wynberg Seven

Seven school students were arrested during student protests in Wynberg, Cape Town, in 1985 and were charged and convicted of public violence for which they served prison terms of one to two years. The highly publicised trial drew attention to the thousands of students and youth sentenced to prison terms for public violence, effectively criminalising protest activity.

Julian Stubbs and Dee Dicks were detained with five other students in 1985. Charged with public violence they each spent a year at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town. Till today they do not know why. // At the time we were heroes and I didn’t feel as if it affected me at that time, but now it seems as ...
In a trip from Mitchell’s Plain to Wynberg to Bonteheuwel they went back into the past, piecing together who they were then and what they are now. // We all had different experiences in the eighties and so on but now, we’re all experiencing similar feelings, like the trauma and // …anger the ...
… I wasn’t an official, I was a journalist, but nobody else had been to see them. // At the inquests even less was understood. // What I saw at Wynberg, Afrikaans was spoken a lot and there were no interpreters and we could only hear here and there, we didn’t really understand what was ...
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