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Special Report Transcript Episode 3, Section 4, Time 23:34
Young Benjamin Oliphant was constantly on the run from police. In December 1986 he was betrayed by a police informer, he was arrested. When his family went to look for him at the Klerksdorp police station, they were told that he had already been released. On their way home, they saw something which made them suspicious. // At Oranjeville there’s a spoor, crossing, that is between Joubertina and Klerksdorp. They were in the taxi on the right hand side and the police van was on the other side. When they peeped through the window they saw a person in this van and they realised it was Benji, his face was swollen. They came home running and said, ‘the police told us they’ve released Benji, but we saw him in the police van and his face was swollen.’
Notes: TRC hearing; TRC testimony: George Oliphant (brother)
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A UDF supporter who died in police custody in Jouberton, Klerksdorp, Tvl, on 16 September 1987. Mr Oliphant had been detained without trial under emergency regulations since December 1986.
Was detained without trial on 16 September 1987 in Jouberton, Klerksdorp, Transvaal, to prevent his presence at the inquest into his brother’s death while in police custody.