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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 5 of Episode 7

26:47There’s nothing impersonal about conflict in a small community, like that of Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo. // In the same month and year that the first state of emergency gripped the nation, June 1985, three Bongulethu youths were shot dead by police. They were shot at without warning after one of the youngsters went to a local security policeman’s house believing it empty. // Fezile Hanse was 14, Andile Majola 13, and Patrick Madikane 14. Their deaths started a spiral of violence in this tiny but militant township on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. The new mayor of the town, Sipho Kroma regarded Patrick Madikane as his brother.Full Transcript and References
27:29The house here is the house where the incident of 17 June happened. In fact the front door that I entered there was from where the bullets were shot, form the front door is from where the bullets were shot. But there is a change. Two of the young chaps were lying inside the yard, and the third one was lying on top. The direction that I came from approaching the house, he was lying there. So that is the whole significance of the house. Patrick Madikane is the young chap. I am staying with my aunt Nolungi Madikane, who was also involved in the Commission in the hearing and so forth. I’m staying with her, she’s my aunt, but I’m staying with her, she is very much the same as my mother. Patrick Madikane is her son. We grew together, we grew up together and he was like a young brother to me. Full Transcript
28:27At about three a child came to me and said mother, outata has been shot. I was quite surprised, asked where is he because I last saw him in the house. And I left the washing like, just like that, went to the house, he was not there indeed. I went out and I was told there he was lying on the ground at five. As I was turning back a child came rushing after me and said, outata is trying to get up and this policeman is trampling him down so that he should remain on the ground. Next day on Tuesday morning another lady came and said to me: I have come to ask whether I can go and pick up the brains of your child which is lying next to my house. And then I said, no she could go and so she went to pick up the brains. Even today, I can’t tell you what happened to the brain that was picked up by that lady.Full Transcript
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