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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 5 of Episode 15

27:49This civil war that has become a reality of life in KwaZulu-Natal in the last decade has left many thousands dead. In areas like the south coast around Port Shepstone the concept of human rights has become as strange as killing has become familiar. People there are tired of the conflict. Yet when the Truth Commission visited Port Shepstone this week attendance was very low. In a province where reconciliation is perhaps more urgent than anywhere else the Truth Commission’s work was dogged by the continuing friction between Inkatha and the ANC. Jann Turner was there.Full Transcript
28:25This sleepy holiday resort was the unlikely venue for testimony that one Commissioner described as among the most harrowing he has heard. People came to tell their stories inside a cordon of heavy security. This time the police were there to protect the witnesses as much as the commissioners, for the bloodletting in Natal is still not over. Full Transcript
28:45On April 10th 1991 Ivy Radebe’s house was surrounded by IFP supporters who attacked her son. // He asked what have I done? He tried to escape. He tried to run away up to sister Ndlovu’s place and they killed him in the garage of that place. When they were killing him… // What did they use to kill him? // They used assegais. My children were highly affected and one, the other younger one also wanted to commit suicide on the day when his brother died. // Is there any other thing that you could tell, any change that you could tell from your children? // Yes, often times than not, they always say, make mention of the fact that this person and this person killed our brother. // But when asked by the Commission to name those perpetrators Ivy Radebe hesitated. // I may say this here, but some people here will go and tell him.Full Transcript and References
29:55George Mavundla’s wife and son were among seven people massacred by the IFP at Bhambule near Margate on July 4th, 1992. In that case five men, including the local chief, were convicted and sentenced. // The questions that are still difficult to me … this I don’t understand because when a person is sentenced and convicted, it’s so surprising to see after three months the very same person walks on the streets with you. He destroyed my family and even today it’s a place which I don’t like to go near. // Where are you staying at the moment? // I live like a bird. I stay at different places and I’m running around trying to hide so whoever are behind me can’t find me. Full Transcript and References
31:09Scant attendance at the hearings suggests that Radebe and Mavundla are not the only people still living in fear. Fiercely divided loyalties are the result as well as the cause of cycles of revenge killings. with the body count stacking up on both sides. On the night of September 4th 1992 a group of IFP members were waiting at the home of Mrs. Tokozile Dlamini, local IFP Women Brigade’s leader. The group was attacked by men armed with knives and guns leaving at least eight dead and many injured.Full Transcript and References
31:42I heard a rumble of guns. The children started running saying ”Mama we are dying.” One was crying. Everything happened so fast it was as if I was dreaming. I shouted out. The children are dead.Full Transcript
32:27As the TRC left Port Shepstone this week the question of a third force remained. Selvan Chetty of the Network of Independent Monitors has spent years investigating claims that a hidden hand has intervened to pit one side against the other. // I think if you really want to look at the hidden hand you must ask yourself the question. How is it possible that in an area that is policed so well, you’ll have deaths every day? And it was so systematic that whenever there was press attention or extra pressure being put by the communities you’d find for two or three days it would stop. But when they strike again you have a situation where five six people are killed to cover up for those days. These statistics we pulled out of our computer, you’d be able to see on every day for the month of November ’93. For the first ten days, every day there were killings and this is in a three square kilometre radius. And since April ’93 to November ’93 every month you were looking at 20, 30 ...moreFull Transcript
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