TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
SUBMISSIONS - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
DATE: 25.03.1997 NAME: NDOVELA NXASANA
DAY: 2 LUSIKISIKI
NDOVELA NXASANA: (sworn states)
MS MAYA: Mr Nxasana you are going to talk about yourself. Is that so?
MR NXASANA: Yes.
MS MAYA: You were one of the people who were detained after the Ngquza incident. Is that so?
MR NXASANA: Yes.
MS MAYA: Where were you detained and when?
MR NXASANA: In Umtata.
MS MAYA: For how long?
MR NXASANA: I was first detained at Mkhambati and then Umtata.
MS MAYA: You have mentioned Umzimkhulu and Umgundlovo.
MR NXASANA: Yes. That was after Umtata, they took me to Umzimkhulu, from Umzimkhulu to Pietermaritzburg.
MS MAYA: What was your period of your detention?
MR NXASANA: Almost a year.
MS MAYA: When you were in detention, what did they do to you?
MR NXASANA: I was beaten up in Mkhambathi. This is when I told them, I confronted them, they had beaten me up and they had broken my joints on my hands.
MS MAYA: Tell me more about Mkhambathi?
MR NXASANA: It was a forest. There were just tents there in the forest.
MS MAYA: Are you talking about tents?
MR NXASANA: Yes. I was beaten up in Mkhambathi.
MS MAYA: You said that there were just sails there. Are you talking about tents?
MR NXASANA: We were beaten up. They beat me up on my buttocks and my hand was injured. I would scream.
MS MAYA: I see that they would tie you up.
MR NXASANA: That is the vans.
MS MAYA: Would you like to add anything to your statement Sir?
MR NXASANA: I do not have more evidence, except the places I mentioned, where I was beaten up.
MS MAYA: How is your health.
MR NXASANA: I did not do anything.
MS MAYA: What I am trying to ask, are you well now?
MR NXASANA: Well, there is not much I can say. There was a court case and I was released.
MS MAYA: Do you have a request to the Commission?
MR NXASANA: Well I could have a request, because I was injured. I almost deaf, because I was electrocuted.
MS MAYA: Therefore, what request do you have?
MR NXASANA: I do not know what the Commission can do for me. I told you my state of affairs.
MS MAYA: Is that all? Is there something you would like to add?
MR NXASANA: I cannot hear you properly. I have finished, provided that you are going to do something for me.
MS MAYA: Thank you. I hand over to the Chairperson.
MR NXASANA: Thank you to all of you.