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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 4 of Episode 4

13:33The elections of 1994 brought democracy and peace to our country, or perhaps I should say to the largest part of our country. Because in KwaZulu-Natal the slaughter of human beings continue unabated. Third force activities and divide and rule policies by former governments are perhaps part of the reasons for the low-key civil war in this province. It certainly is not ideology or class. The disturbance of natural divisions of political support through the homeland policy and the banning of the ANC, are probably more to the point. But this week, we listen to ordinary, salt of the earth South Africans, who were terrorised by their neighbours or people from a neighbouring village. They don’t want the conflict and they don’t understand why it’s happening either. At the end of this week’s hearings one could unfortunately only point fingers at power hungry and egotistical political leaders and their bloody minded minions, the warlords. Full Transcript
14:31I heard a loud noise, sounding like a machine gun; it was a terrible sound that I couldn’t understand. I cried and I went into the children”s bedroom and I said to them, please we don’t have to go out. We were afraid even to peep through the window. We hid ourselves underneath the bed and we kept quiet. We heard when it was just about to be morning that people were talking outside. When I got out I found many children lying dead on the ground. Their brains were scattered, I didn’t know what happened, because they were dead. // When I arrived home I found that the house had been burnt down at KwaMashu. Our mother had been burnt down completely, she was in ash. // … and one of the amabutho’s, the warriors, said to us ‘ let me see who’s got an axe’ and I heard they were chopping down our doors and they got inside. I don’t know when Gumbulani died, because at that stage I was hiding. I didn’t hide under the bed, because I realised that if I hide under the bed that ...moreFull Transcript and References
16:57Every community occasionally produces a special young leader. And too often in the past they died too young. In Newcastle in the early 1980s Hlogonathi Sibankulu, known to all as Prof was such a leader. Mandla Cele was his friend and colleague. // I have to say that we worked with him from 1982 and in 1983 we formed a new organisation. It was called Newcastle Youth Organisation. Since its beginning NYO, IFP never wanted anything to do with it. The security branch at that time suspected that it was a wing of the African National Congress. // Because of this, Prof was detained and then charged with treason in the country’s last treason trial. He was acquitted. Prof Sibankulu disappeared on November 11, 1992. That evening he was shot at and chased by what was believed to be policemen. His burnt out car with his hacked up half burnt up body was found the next day. Full Transcript and References
18:20The first thing I found the car that had been completely burned. Fortunately, there were some remains of the paint which showed to me that it was Prof’s car. When we got closer inside, I found the body lying on the backseat of the car, it was lying upside down, on his stomach. His head was put near the petrol tank to make sure that he would be burned completely. Near us, where the car was found, there was a group of KwaZulu police who when they saw us they laughed aloud, they didn’t even care about us. Full Transcript
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