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Special Report Transcript Episode 42, Section 2, Time 17:06

Dr Randera. // Can I add two points, one to Antjie’s question of did we actually go to the Afrikaans churches right from the beginning. And let me say, we have. In every hearing that has taken place, in our build up to a hearing, we go out into the community and always try and involve all the churches, whether it is Afrikaans churches or other churches. So they have been part of the process right from the beginning. I want to add another part to what the Reverend was saying to your question, which is, besides people who haven’t actually been part of the process, let’s just take the example of Soweto ’76. We make a finding on the statements that have come in and let me be honest I think we have about 15 statements from parents, relatives of young people who died during that uprising. Now we know that there were hundreds of children that were killed and when we make a finding, are we only saying that it’s only those 15 that can come forward, and get whether it’s urgent interim relief, or can all those people and I think the pendulum if you like is swinging to the position that we should recommend, when we make the recommendations – and there will have to be a desk that will have to be set up post the Commission that will take applications from the parents and relatives of all the other children. Similarly with the massacres that have taken place throughout the country.

Notes: Max du Preez; Fazel Randera

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On 16 June 1976, police opened fire on approximately 10 000 school students in Soweto during a protest against the compulsory use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools. The shootings provoked extensive unrest and protest throughout Soweto, spreading over the following months to several ...
 
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