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Special Report Transcript Episode 84, Section 6, Time 36:22
It 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 12 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 coloured and I was next to him, when this coloured tackled him. He was caught. When they caught him Desmond …. was there. When my father was on the ground they gave him a blow with an axe on the neck, and they put a tyre around his neck.
Notes: Necklacing, footage; TRC testimony: Benedict Marenene (son)
GEORGE CT/00837 PATRICK MARENENE NTSIKELELO MARENENE FATHER ATTACKED WITH AN AXE AND THEN NECKLACED