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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 D

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DE BEER, Elizabeth32Was injured when she drove over a landmine set by MK members in Ellisras, Transvaal, in January 1986. The explosion was part of an ANC landmine campaign aimed at military patrols in the rural areas.References
DE BEER, Hubert du Plessis63Was killed when a landmine planted by ANC operatives exploded in January 1981 on his farm near Ellisras, Transvaal. The explosion was part of an ANC landmine campaign aimed at military patrols in the rural areas.References
DE BEER, JH Was severely injured when MK operatives detonated an explosive in a car outside the South African Air Force (SAAF) headquarters in Church Street, Pretoria, on 20 May 1983. Twenty one people were killed and two hundred and seventeen injured. The overall commander of MK’s Special Operations Unit and two MK operatives were granted amnesty (AC/2001/003 and AC/2001/023). See Church Street Bombing, Pretoria. References
DE BRAGANZA, AquinoA Mozambican citizen and Director of the Centre for African Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University who was seriously injured in Maputo, Mozambique on 17 August 1982 by a letter bomb sent by members of Security Branch headquarters. Fellow academic, Ruth First, who opened the letter when he was in her office, was killed in the explosion. Dr de Braganza subsequently died on 19 October 1986 in a plane crash in which thirty two others, including Mozambican President Samora Machel, were also killed.References
DE BRUIN, ArnoWas shot and injured 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 fifty eight 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
DE BRUIN, David40Was shot dead after being assaulted by named security officers of the Western Cape Regional Services Council in Elsies River, Cape Town, on 18 June 1992. He had been participating in a sit-in at the Council offices aimed at highlighting community grievances.References
DE BRUIN, DavidA security guard who was shot dead by ANC self-defence unit (SDU) members at the Giwi Breyton Construction compound in Evander, Transvaal, on 6 July 1992. Another security guard was shot and injured and two others were tied up. The SDU members, who sought to seize guns at the site, were engaged in clashes with the Black Cats in Ermelo, Transvaal. Two SDU members were granted amnesty (AC/19998/0121).References
DE BRUIN, Ivolyn 52Was sentenced to death for the murder of a policeman in Paballelo, Upington, Cape, on 13 November 1985, and spent two years on death row at Pretoria prison before her death sentence was commuted on appeal in 1991 to a five year suspended sentence. Ms De Bruin was arrested with others in Upington, Cape, in November 1985 and charged with murder in what became known as the ‘Upington 26’ trial. Twenty five were convicted of common purpose; fourteen were sentenced to death. One of the fourteen applied for amnesty for the killing.References
DE BRUIN, Jacques19A SAYCO member who was shot dead by a named female shop owner during a housing protest march in Robertson, Cape, on 22 November 1990.References
DE BRUIN, Marianna Susan18Was one of eighteen people injured in a limpet mine explosion at a bus stop near the Checkers shopping complex in Silverton, Transvaal, on 4 July 1986. Four MK operatives were granted amnesty for the attack (AC/1999/0257).References
DE BRUIN, MaxAn ANC supporter who was assaulted, hacked and burnt to death on 1 August 1993 in Tokoza, Transvaal, allegedly by Khumalo gang members. The Khumalo gang had close links with the IFP and was allegedly involved in the murder of key political leaders in Tokoza. See Khumalo gang. References
DE BRUYN, Avril Cecilia25Was shot dead by a named SAP member when police opened fire on street protesters in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, on 17 June 1980, during a two-day stayaway. Ms de Bruyn was on her way to visit a friend.References
DE BRUYN, Daniel Jakobus53Was shot and injured on 22 March 1993 when APLA members armed with automatic weapons fired on the car in which he was travelling on the Vereeniging-Vanderbijlpark road, Transvaal. Three APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/1999/0002) See APLA attacks. References
DE CARVALHO, Maria JoseWas injured when MK operatives detonated a limpet mine in a dustbin at the Vanderbijl Square bus terminus, Johannesburg, on 21 September 1988. Nineteen people were injured and a number of vehicles and buildings were damaged. Two MK Special Operations operatives were granted amnesty (AC/2000/056). A late application by a third operative was dismissed.References
DE CASTRO, Joao AvelonoWas wounded by APLA members in an armed attack on the Sentra Hyperserve supermarket at Wesselsbron, Orange Free State, on 3 July 1993. Five people were killed and four were wounded in the attack. Six APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/2000/250). See APLA attacks. References
DE CASTRO, Maria FatimaWas shot and killed by APLA members in an armed attack on the Sentra Hyperserve supermarket at Wesselsbron, Orange Free State, on 3 July 1993. Five people were killed and four were wounded in the attack. Six APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/2000/250). See APLA attacks. References
DE CASTRO, Pedro IgnatiusHe lost his wife in an attack by APLA operatives on his family’s supermarket in Wesselsbron, Orange Free State (OFS) on 3 July 1993. The supermarket was extensively damaged. The attack was the work ofReferences
DE FREITAS, JoseAn employee at a bottle store who was robbed by IFP members in Denver, Transvaal, on 22 February 1994. Amnesty applicants testified that the robbery was conducted in order to raise funds to purchase weapons. Two perpetrators were granted amnesty (AC/2000/221).References
DE JAGER, Carel WillemWas killed on 17 June 1985 by members of the UDF-supporting Addo Youth Congress in an attack on the local white farming community. The perpetrators broke the windows of the house, destroyed eveything inside and set the De Jager's car alight. Mr De Jager's wife was also killed in the attack. Two applications for amnesty were received. One was withdrawn and the other granted (AC/1999/0264).References
DE JAGER, JanA member of the SADF who was shot and wounded when APLA members ambushed a military vehicle, firing on it with automatic weapons, in Alexandra, Johannesburg, on 16 December 1986. Two APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/2000/0133). See APLA attacks. References
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