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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 4 of Episode 7

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19:46It is not too difficult to understand the paranoia and lack of discipline in the years that township anger and frustration really boiled over. Necklacing was something completely different. Between January 1984 and June 1987 at least 350 people died with a tyre around their neck. // Benedict Marenene’s father, Patrick was a community councillor in Bongulethu. In November 1985 Benedict was twelve years old. // I saw my father coming back from work, when I looked around the township I heard the toyi-toyi sound. I ran towards him to meet him. To advise him not to get into the township. And he said, no they won’t do anything to me, because there’s nothing I’ve done. As he was coming to the corner of Four, the toyi-toyiers were coming. He was carrying the gun, but he was someone who had never shot at any person. He shot in the air and then people were chasing him. And he was facing the people but moving back, sort of retreating. As he was retreating he was tripped by another ...moreFull Transcript and References
21:39What was it in our people or our history that made this ghastly practice possible and so popular? // There’s a whole process that leads finally to the brutality of the necklace as a method of murder. And that for me is actually what we should have recorded in the eighties and it never got recorded. Nobody said, I began by saying no, and then I stayed away from school, and then I picked up a postcard, and then I wrote a little poem, and then I pleaded with so and so, and then I was in the street protesting with my … a legal method of protestation … and then I got my first hand grenade, my first petrol bomb, and then my first stone. This is how things developed, so there’s a whole process that led to the climax, which was the necklace murder itself. // Why did it survive for a while, for two or three years? It was repeated many dozens of times in South Africa? What was the symbolism of it? What was so important about necklacing? // It survived for, I’ll say two reasons. One ...moreFull Transcript
 
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