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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.


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 W

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WILI, Goodboy16 monthsHe died after inhaling teargas fumes when members of the SAP threw a teargas canister into the shack in which he was sleeping in Duncan Village, East London, on 11 August 1985, during intense public unrest in the area. See Duncan Village. References
WILKENS, Kobus A member of the SAP who was killed when a car bomb exploded outside the Johannesburg Magistrate’s court on 20 May 1987. Three other policemen were also killed in the explosion, which took place after a decoy smaller bomb had lured them to the scene. Three other people were injured. Three MK operatives were granted amnesty (AC/1998/0067).References
WILKINSON, Mervin Oupa21A UDF supporter who was shot dead by a named member of the SAP in Huhudi, Vryburg, Cape, on 21 October 1989. References
WILLEM, Boyce22A SAYCO member who was severely harassed by members of the SAP in 1983 in Port Elizabeth, allegedly because of his political activities References
WILLEM, Lawrence Mcebisi18Was assaulted and killed by members of the SAP and AmaAfrika supporters in Khayelitsha, Uitenhage, Cape, on 13 February 1990. The shooting occurred at a meeting between the police and AmaAfrika and UDF supporters to discuss their differences. Mr Willem was hit in the head and died instantly. See AmaAfrika. References
WILLEMSE, Johannes 20An ANC supporter who was detained and severely beaten by members of the Lebowa Police and SAP at Tafelkop, Transvaal, during the 1986 state of emergency. Mr Williamse was arrested at a mass meeting so that police could determine if he was on a ‘wanted’ list of political activists.References
WILLIAM, Bonile Johnson 18A UDF supporter who was stripped naked and had his scrotum crushed in a drawer by members of the SAP on 9 March 1985 at Church Street police station in Uitenhage, Cape. He had assisted in a boycott of local business people and had witnessed the killing of an activist by members of the SAP. He was arrested and severely beaten before being taken to Uitenhage police station where the beatings continued. Later he was charged with public violence, convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.References
WILLIAMS, (first name not given)A member of the SAP who was shot and killed by APLA operatives near Da Gama Textiles, East London, on 28 March 1994. Mr Williams, a member of the Crime Reaction Unit, was shot when police arrived at the scene of an APLA attack on a bus conveying white passengers. Two perpetrators were granted amnesty (AC/2001/271). See APLA attacks.References
WILLIAMS, Abraham25Was shot and severely injured by members of the SAP on 9 September 1976 in Elsies River, Cape Town, during the Soweto uprising. He was arrested and his injured leg was beaten by police. See Soweto uprising. See police brutality. References
WILLIAMS, Abubakr ‘Whitey’ 19A UDF supporter and BMW member who was detained on 2 October 1987 and held for six weeks. He was again arrested on 6 January 1988. In both instances he was severely assaulted by named members of a special police Unrest Investigation Unit at the Brackenfell and Bishop Lavis police stations, Cape Town.References
WILLIAMS, Coline Denice22A UDF activist and internally trained MK operative who was killed on 23 July 1989 when the explosive device that she was planting outside a public toilet, in Athlone, Cape Town, detonated. A fellow MK operative also died in the blast. The Commission was unable to make a finding on allegations of security force involvement in their deaths. Ms Williams had previously been detained for long periods under emergency regulations. References
WILLIAMS, Daniel Sicelo19A UDF supporter who was arrested on charges of public violence in De Aar, Cape, in April 1985, and severely tortured several times by named and other SAP members. The charges were later withdrawn. Mr Williams then left the country to join the ANC. On his return he was arrested, severely tortured, and detained for many months. References
WILLIAMS, DavidA private security guard who was shot and killed during a cash-in-transit robbery by APLA operatives at Cleveland, Johannesburg, on 20 September 1991. Three APLA members were granted amnesty (AC/1999/0244). See APLA attacks. References
WILLIAMS, Derby Ellen Was injured in a hand grenade explosion on 25 May 1993 in Kimberley, Cape, during an ANC protest march to the Bophuthatswana consulate. Two MK operatives threw a hand grenade at the building, but it bounced back into the crowd, killing one person and injuring forty one others. Two ANC members were wrongly convicted of the killing. Four MK operatives and ANC members, two of whom denied guilt, were refused amnesty (AC/2000/053 and AC/2000/241). References
WILLIAMS, Ernest AnaniasHe sustained damage to his property 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
WILLIAMS, GreshnaWas 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 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
WILLIAMS, Gwyneth16An ANC supporter who was detained under emergency regulations and held at CR Swart Square in Durban for an unspecified period in 1986. Members of her family were well-known political activists and were frequently harassed and detained by members of the SAP. References
WILLIAMS, Henry ‘Barney’ 19Was arrested and severely beaten by members of the SAP in 1976 at the Mossel Bay police station, Cape, after extensive unrest and arson attacks in the town. He was later convicted of public violence.References
WILLIAMS, IlanHe survived an armed attack by APLA operatives on the Steaks restaurant in Claremont, Cape Town, on 26 December 1992. Five people were injured in the attack. One APLA member was granted amnesty (AC/1998/0103). See APLA attacks.References
WILLIAMS, Mbuyiselo23A UDF supporter who was shot at by Inkatha supporters and members of the KwaZulu Police at Umlazi, Durban, on 19 April 1990. References
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