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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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NameAgeDescription
OLIPHANT, Benjamin TomelotsoA UDF supporter who died in police custody in Jouberton, Klerksdorp, Tvl, on 16 September 1987. Mr Oliphant had been detained without trial under emergency regulations since December 1986. References
OLIPHANT, George David 32Was detained without trial on 16 September 1987 in Jouberton, Klerksdorp, Transvaal, to prevent his presence at the inquest into his brother’s death while in police custody.References
OLIPHANT, IvanAn ANC supporter who got lost in Tokoza, Transvaal, on 1 August 1993 along with friends. The five found themselves in Khumalo Street where they were attacked by IFP-supporting hostel-dwellers. Mr Oliphant and his friends were hacked and burnt to death. Khumalo Street had been declared a ‘no-go’ area following numerous clashes between IFP-supporting hostel-dwellers and ANC-supporting residents.References
OLIPHANT, Lean Olefame41Was severely beaten by Bophuthatswana Police on 6 December 1990 in Taung, Bophuthatswana. At the time there was a meeting at Dryharts Bathlapin tribal office where villagers had summoned chief Jerry Mahure to present their grievances. Police dispersed the crowd by tar-gassing and sjambokking those in attendance. References
OLIPHANT, Malebogo Wilfred15A student activist who was severely beaten and tortured by named members of the SAP after he was arrested in Vryburg, Cape, on 11 May 1990. This followed a student protest march to the court to demand the release of fellow students who were charged with public violence. References
OLIPHANT, Norman Mpumelelo26Was shot and injured by members of the SAP during unrest in Beaufort West, Cape, in October 1985. Residents were angered at a court inquest finding which cleared the SAP of criminal responsibility for killing a local UDF activist in January that year. References
OLIPHANT, Patricia 13A COSAS member who was shot and severely injured by members of the SAP in Venterstad, Cape, on 4 July 1993. Patricia was walking to a relative’s home when she was shot.References
OLIPHANT, Rufus34Was arrested and severely assaulted by members of the SAP at Worcester, Cape, in March 1960, during protests in the township. He was sentenced to eight lashes after which he was redetained for four months References
OLIVER, LWas 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
OLIVIER, John David ‘Soppie’ 20A youth activist who was detained in Atlantis, Cape, on 14 June 1986 and held for six weeks under emergency regulations at Victor Verster prison, Paarl, Cape.References
OLIVIER, LWas 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 217 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
OLIVIER, Mervin Govan18A UDF activist who was suffocated with a plastic bag by members of the SAP after his arrest at George, Cape, in 1989. He was later injured in a vigilante attack. References
OLIVIER, Peter A civilian who was injured when APLA operatives attacked members and guests at the King William’s Town Golf Club, Eastern Cape, on 28 November 1992. Four people were killed and 17 injured in the attack. Four APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/2001/182). See APLA attacks. References
OLIVIER, ValA civilian who was injured when APLA operatives attacked members and guests at the King William’s Town Golf Club, Cape, on 28 November 1992. Four people were killed and 17 injured in the attack. Four APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/2001/182). See APLA attacks. References
ONIWE, Aubrey11Was shot and severely injured by members of the SA Railway Police in Guguletu, Cape Town, on 28 December 1976. He was playing near the railway line when police opened fire on protesters. Vuyo suffered permanent injury from the shooting. References
ONTONG, Paul Eienne19Was killed when a bomb, planted by AWB members, exploded at a taxi rank on the corner of Odendaal and Victoria Streets in Germiston, Tvl, on the 25 April 1994. Ten persons were killed and nine were injured in the blast. Four perpetrators were granted amnesty (AC/1999/0342). See right-wing attacks. References
ONVERWACHT, Abraham Carel29Was hit by a brick while driving past stone-throwing youths near Bonteheuwel, Cape Town, on 7 September 1989, in the aftermath of the apartheid election held on 6 September 1989. Mr Onverwacht lost an eye in the attack. References
OOSTENHUIZEN, JA member of the SAP who was injured in a shoot-out with an MK operative in Johannesburg on 25 May 1991. Mr Oosthuizen and his colleague were both injured in the shoot-out, when they attempted to stop a vehicle. One MK operative was granted amnesty (AC/1997/0035). References
OOSTHUIZEN, GJWas 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 217 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
OOSTHUIZEN, Lourens CorneliusA policeman who was shot and injured by ANC self-defence unit (SDU) members during April 1992 in Ficksburg, OFS. Three of the SDU members were granted amnesty (AC/1999/0229). References
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