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The victims' index provides a comprehensive listing of the known victims of politically motivated crimes during the apartheid era, as identified through the TRC.

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The list provides detailed information related to personal loss, death or injury, as well as the victim's age at the time of the incident.

TRC Victims - Letter O

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O’KILL, Richard Olivier PierceWas shot and killed when APLA operatives threw hand grenades at and opened fire on the congregation of St James’ Church, Kenilworth, Cape Town, on 25 July 1993. Eleven people were killed and 58 wounded in the attack. Three of four APLA members were granted amnesty for the attack. The fourth had his application struck off the roll for failing to attend the amnesty hearing (AC/1998/0018). See APLA attacks. References
O’LAUGHLIN, Bridget An Irish citizen and researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University who was injured in Maputo, Mozambique, on 17 August 1982 by a letter bomb sent by members of the South African Security Branch. Fellow academic Ruth First, who opened the letter while she was in her office, was killed in the explosion.References
O’REILLY, Susanna Maria Louise Was injured when members of MK’s Special Operations Unit detonated an explosive in a car outside the SADF Witwatersrand Command headquarters in Johannesburg on 30 July 1987. At least 68 people were injured. Three MK operatives and one UDF supporter linked to MK were granted amnesty for their roles in this attack (AC/2001/0003 and AC/2000/248).References
O’REILLY, WO19A constable in the SAP who was shot and injured when armed MK operatives attacked the Wonderboompoort police station, Pretoria, on 26 December 1981. One MK operative was granted amnesty (AC/2000/195).References
OCTOBER, Ronald17Was shot dead by members of the SAP on 16 September 1976 in Heideveld, Cape Town, during the Soweto uprising. References
ODENDAAL-MAGWAZA, Marie Fredrika35Was detained by the SAP in Westville, near Durban, on 1 July 1986 and held in solitary confinement for ten days. References
ODENDAL, (first name not given)Was severely injured when members of MK’s ‘Dolphin Unit’ detonated an explosive in a car near the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s court and the adjacent police station, Transvaal, on 16 March 1988. Three people were killed and more than 20 were injured in the blast. Two MK operatives were granted amnesty (AC/2001/003). References
ODISITSE, KewasepeSuffered severe damage to house and property as a result of a car-bomb explosion in Gaborone, Botswana, on 22 April 1987. See Gaborone car bomb. The head of the Security Branch and four Northern and Western Transvaal Security Branch operatives were granted amnesty for this operation (AC/2000/214) References
ODLER, SydneyWas injured when members of MK’s Special Operations Unit detonated an explosive in a car outside the SADF Witwatersrand Command headquarters in Johannesburg on 30 July 1987. At least 68 people were injured. Three MK operatives and one UDF supporter linked to MK were granted amnesty for their roles in this attack (AC/2001/0003 and AC/2000/248).References
OLAYI, Sidumo Petrus28A Transkei Defence Force (TDF) soldier who was killed during an attempted coup in Umtata, Transkei, on 22 November 1990. Seven TDF soldiers were killed and some 33 wounded. Four of the coup conspirators were granted amnesty. Six Vlakplaas operatives were granted amnesty for providing arms for the attempted coup. An SADF Military Intelligence operative, who applied for amnesty for his role in supporting the coup, later withdrew his application (AC/2000/036; AC/2001/095 and AC/2001/199). References
OLDJOHN, Victor50An ANC supporter who was shot dead by members of the KwaZulu Police at Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, on 6 February 1989. The perpetrators allegedly came to his home saying they were looking for his sons, who were UDF supporters. References
OLDS, CWas injured in what became known as the Magoo’s Bar bombing in Durban on 14 June 1986. The explosion killed three women and injured at least 74 other people. Seven MK operatives were granted amnesty (AC/2001/128).References
OLEG, Karamzin Was shot and killed when APLA operatives threw hand grenades at and opened fire on the congregation of St James’ Church, Kenilworth, Cape Town, on 25 July 1993. Eleven people were killed and 58 wounded in the attack. Three of four APLA members were granted amnesty for the attack. The fourth had his application struck off the roll for failing to attend the amnesty hearing (AC/1998/0018).References
OLIEN, Willie Ronny33Was shot by members of the SAP in Toekomsrus, Randfontein, Tvl, on 18 October 1990 during protests over electricity cut-offs. References
OLIFANT, JoelWas shot dead in Makwassie, Tvl, during a student demonstration at Leruntsi Secondary School on 25 April 1993. References
OLIFANT, Magdalena Elizabeth She had her home damaged in an arson attack at Atlantis, Cape, on 29 November 1993. Shortly before the attack, the family had received letters threatening Ms Olifant’s former husband, an ANC and union activist. References
OLIFANT, Shadrack Teko25Was severely beaten and tortured by named members of the Security Branch at the Fountain police station, Bloemfontein, in April 1986. Mr Olifant was one of around 20 UDF supporters arrested while trying to cross the border into Lesotho in April 1986, with the intention of joining the ANC in exile. In detention they were interrogated, tortured, beaten, subjected to degrading treatment and denied food. Two members of the SAP were granted amnesty (AC/1999/0025 and AC/1999/0026). References
OLIFANT, Tshidiso PaulosWas shot and severely injured in Evaton, Tvl, on 23 February 1993 by members of a local gang who were also part of an ANC-aligned self-defence unit. References
OLIFANT, Violent Ntombifikile ‘Khono’ 24An ANC member who was beaten and injured by members of the SADF at Murchison, near Port Shepstone, Natal, during protests in the area on 14 January 1993. References
OLIPHANT, Alfred Welile56An ANC member who was shot dead while running from his burning home in Whittlesea, Ciskei, on 27 August 1992, during political conflict between ADM and ANC supporters. An ADM member was refused amnesty (AC/1999/0265). References
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