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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 Z

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ZANI, Thami 36An APLA member and former BPC official who was shot dead by Basotho paramilitary force members in March 1985 at Qacha’s Nek, Lesotho, close to the Lesotho-Transkei border. Five other APLA members died in this incident, which occurred at a time of increased LLA activity in the area, aimed at destabilising the pro-ANC government of Chief Leabua Jonathan. The Basotho security forces claimed they had mistaken the APLA unit for LLA members. APLA and the LLA were closely connected at the time. Mr Zani was a final-year law student at the National University of Lesotho and acting PAC re p resentative in Lesotho at the time of his death.References
ZANQINQI, Hlohlo29An IFP supporter whose home was burnt down by ANC supporters in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu, near Durban, on 12 December 1990. References
ZANTANTA, Mzimasi Michael27Was shot dead by members of the SADF at the Soweto bus terminal in Port Elizabeth, on 23 March 1985. He was walking with a friend when he was shot. References
ZANTSI, Sonnyboy Willie15Was shot dead by a named member of the SAP who opened fire on protesters from an unmarked vehicle in Guguletu, Cape Town, on 16 September 1976, during a two-day stayaway in which at least eleven people died. References
ZAWANA, SandileA member of iKongo who was seriously assaulted by members of the SAP in 1960 in Bizana, Transkei, during the Pondoland revolt. See iKongo. See Pondoland revolt. References
ZAWUKANA, Noluntu18A school student and ANC supporter who was arrested in Worcester, Cape, on 27 July 1985. She was taken to an isolated place, beaten and given electric shocks by named and other members of the Security Branch wanting information about an arson attack on a beerhall and truck. References
ZAZAYOKWE, Israel Makhosonke17Was shot dead by a member of the SAP in Diepkloof, Soweto, Johannesburg in August 1976, in the aftermath of the Soweto uprising. See Soweto uprising. References
ZEKANA, Nocawa Dorah16An ANC supporter who was severely beaten in detention by members of the SAP in Uitenhage, Cape, on 17 January 1985. Ms Zekana was detained in North End prison, Port Elizabeth for one month. References
ZEKEVU, Nobakabonwa25Was shot by members of the South African Defence Force (SADF) in East London in 1985. References
ZEMBA, Bingweni Lena49Her house was destroyed by supporters of Chief Mahlangu in Goederede near Dennilton, KwaNdebele, in July 1975. Chief Mahlangu supported the proposed incorporation of Goederede into Lebowa, but many residents resisted incorporation. See Incorporation of Goederede into Lebowa. References
ZEMBETHA, Winile Goodman22Was abducted and severely beaten by Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) members in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, on 4 April 1985. References
ZENANE, Victor Charles13Was shot and severely injured by a named member of the SAP in Prieska, Cape, in June 1986. He was on his way to the shop when police fired teargas at protesters. Zenane was then shot. References
ZENANI, CordeliaWas killed by members of the SAP and of the ANC-aligned Khutsong Youth Congress which had split into two factions at Khutsong, Carletonville, Transvaal, on 16 December 1990 during a night vigil for an ANC supporter killed earlier by police. See Khutsong Youth Congress. References
ZENANI, Lingman MbuleloWas shot dead near his home in Mdantsane, Ciskei, by a named member of the Ciskei Defence Force (CDF) on 27 September 1992. Members of the community were retaliating for the Bisho massacre by destroying property of Ciskei policemen and soldiers, and the perpetrator was allegedly shooting people at random after discovering his home had been ransacked. Mr Zenani was killed when he tried to reason with the perpetrator. See Bisho massacre. References
ZENGETWA, Luleka31A PAC member who was stabbed to death by a named ANC member during political conflict in Cala, Transkei, on 17 March 1994. References
ZENGETWA, Moses Mnyamezeli47His house and vehicle were destroyed by named ANC supporters at Cala, Transkei, on 19 November 1993, after he was accused of collaborating with the police. References
ZENGETWA, NtsikeleloA PAC member who lost his house in an arson attack by youths at Cala, Transkei, on 17 March 1993. Mr Zengetwa was allegedly suspected of being an informer because his brother was a headman. References
ZENZE, Thandi Jabu25An Inkatha supporter whose house and possessions were destroyed in an arson attack by ANC supporters in Umlazi, Durban, in February 1990, in political conflict following the unbanning of political organisations on 2 February. References
ZENZILE, David 66Was attacked and had his houses and possessions destroyed by youths in Qawukeni, King William’s Town, Cape, in March 1990, allegedly because he was associated with the CNIP and CDF commander, Charles Sebe.References
ZENZILE, NdaphiAn ANC supporter who was shot dead by members of the Municipal Police at Old Location, near Molteno, Cape, on 11 April 1987. References
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