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Victims of Extrajudicial Killings

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EVELYN MATISOThe following plaintiffs are personal representatives of victims of extrajudicial killings. (Some victims of extrajudicial killings were also victims of torture and arbitrary detention.)

The following plaintiffs are personal representatives of victims of extrajudicial killings. (Some victims of extrajudicial killings were also victims of torture and arbitrary detention.)
14. Sakwe Balintulo's brother Saba Balintulo was murdered by the South African Police on March 15, 1973.

On that day, Mr. Balintulo and fifteen friends were walking in the road, when the SAP opened fire on them. Mr. Balintulo was first shot in the leg and then shot three more times in the torso. The gun shots killed Mr. Balintulo as well as his fifteen friends.

15. Fanekaya Dabula is the father of Lungile Dabula, who was slain by the South African Police in March 1986.

At that time, the Witdoeke, a vigilante group supported by the SAP, was burning down houses in the Crossroads Squatter Camp outside of Cape Town. Mr. Dabula was in a crowd of people that was running away from the burning buildings. While Mr. Dabula was running, he was fatally shot in the back.

16. Nokitsikaye Violet Dakuse is the sister of Tozi Skweyiya, who was murdered by the South African Police on March 2, 1985.

He was playing with his friends at the corner of the street on which he lived. Six soldiers and police officers arrived and Mr. Skweyiya and his friends ran. Mr. Skweyiya entered the house of Zaphukibe Jacobs. The police followed and shot Mr. Skweyiya three times in front of Mr. Jacobs and his wife. The police and soldiers then brought Mr. Skweyiya's body out of the house, where they shot him further. A van arrived and took Mr. Skweyiya's body away. Ms. Dakuse and her mother were present when this happened and cried out to the police, who threatened to shoot them too. The following day, Ms. Dakuse and her mother went to the police station to recover the body. The body had been stripped of all clothing. No investigation was made and no charges were ever brought against the perpetrators.

17. Berlina Duda is the wife of Donald Duda who was murdered by the South African Police on May 17, 1986.

The police shot and killed Mr. Duda during a period of civil unrest. After her husband was shot, the South African Police (SAP) teargased Ms. Duda. She was also detained and beaten by the police. Ms. Duda continues to suffer from her husband's death. Mr. Duda was the primary source of income for his wife and four children. Ms. Duda continues to suffer from the physical and mental trauma of Mr. Duda's death and the torture inflicted upon her.

18. Mark Fransch is the brother of Anton Fransch, who was murdered by the South African Police and the South African Defense Force in September 1989, when he was 20 years old.

Mr. Fransch was a member of the ANC who was staying at a house on Church Street in Crawford. SAP and South African Defense Force (SADF) officers said that Mr. Fransch was a "dog" and that they would kill him. Thirty to forty officers, some of whom arrived in a Caspir vehicle, repeatedly shot into the house, ripping apart Mr. Fransch's arm and leaving pieces of his flesh and hair on the wall. An inquest into Mr. Fransch's death did not result in any findings.

19. Sherif Mzwandile Gekiso is the son of Ntombizodwa Annestina Nyongwana, who was murdered by the South African Police on March 5, 1986.

Ms. Nyongwana and the six other individuals murdered with her have become known as the Guguletu 7. The police gave no explanation for the massacre and no one was ever prosecuted for the deaths. Witnesses to the massacre refused to speak for fear of being arrested and/or detained.

20. Elsi Guga is the mother of James Guga, who was slain by the Security Police in 1985.

The shooting occurred while activists were singing freedom songs and marching in the streets. The Security Police shot Mr. Guga, 19, while he was running from the gunfire.

JEFFREY HLOPHE21. Joyce Hlophe is the mother of Jeffrey Hlophe, who is known as one of the KwaNdebele 9, nine young men who were executed in July 1986.

Mr. Mamasela drove the young men to a house in Vlaklaagte in the KwaNdebele homeland and lined them up against a wall. The security police then entered the room and executed them. The police then doused the young men's bodies with gasoline and burned them in order to destroy the evidence.

22. Nomvula Eunice Kama is the sister of Mncedisi Dlokova, who was murdered by the South African Security Police.

On March 21, 1985, Mr. Dlokova was shot while participating in a march held in Uitenhage. Ms. Kama and her family could not attend her brother's funeral for fear that they would lose their homes.

JOYCE LEDWABA23. Joyce Ledwaba is the mother of Samuel Ledwaba, who is known as one of the KwaNdebele 9.

Former Vlakplaas policeman Joe Mamasela lured the young men to their deaths under the pretense they were going to get military training. Mr. Mamasela drove the young men to a house in Vlaklaagte in the KwaNdebele homeland and lined them up against a wall. The security police then entered the room and executed them. The police then doused the young men's bodies with gasoline and burned them in order to destroy the evidence.

MATTHEWS LERUTLAJOHANNA LERUTLA24. Johana Lerutla is the mother of Matthews Lerutla, who was murdered by the South African Police outside Mamelodi in July 1986.

Mr. Lerutla, 15 at the time of his murder, was a student and member of the Congress of South African Students. Joe Mamasela, a Police spy, lured Mr. Lerutla to his death under the pretense that Mr. Mamasela would take Mr. Lerutla and his friends to Botswana to join the ANC for military training. Instead Mr. Mamasela led them to their execution at Nietverdiend, a location five kilometers north of Pienaar's River near the Botswana border. Mr. Lerutla and his friends were interrogated, kicked, beaten, and strangled with wire by members of the SAP. To conceal the evidence, Mr. Lerutla's body was blown up using a landmine.

FRIEDA LEKHULEI

TOKKIE WILLIAM LEKHULENI25. Frieda Z. Lukhulei is the mother of Tokkie Lukhulei. Mr. Lukhulei was detained during the June 16, 1976 riots.

 

He was last seen at the Silverton Police Station, where he was being beaten and tortured. Family and friends have spent the last twenty-six years searching for Mr. Lukhulei, visiting police stations but have yet to find out what happened to him. His mother has not seen or heard from him since June 21, 1976.

 

JACKSON MAAKE

ELIZABETH MAAKE26. Elizabeth Maake is the mother of Jackson Maake, who was murdered by the South African Police.

The SAP first abducted Mr. Maake, who was working for them as a spy in the ANC, and took him to a deserted property owned by the Pretoria Portland Cement Mine. He was accused of being a double agent, which he denied. He gave Andrew Makupe's name as his MK contact (The MK " Mkhonto Wesizwe " was the military wing of the ANC). Mr. Makupe was then abducted, followed by Harold Sefolo. During the torture of Mr. Sefolo, Mr. Maake was shocked to death in front of Mr. Sefolo and Mr. Makupe. Ms. Maake did not learn of her son's fate until it was published in the City Press Sunday.

MANDLA_MADONDOARCHINGTON MADONDO27. Archington Madondo is the father of Mandla Madondo, who was murdered by the South African Defence Force on July 10, 1986.

Mr. Madondo was sent by his father to buy some bread. While he was standing with friends outside the shop, he was shot to death by South African soldiers who were driving down the street in a Caspir vehicle. Mr. Madondo was just 16 years old when he died. His twin brother, Thamsanqa, was arrested shortly after Mr. Madondo's murder and imprisoned for one year without a trial.

SOPHIE MAIFADI

28. Sophie Maifadi is the mother of Benjamin Maifadi, who is known as one of the KwaNdebele 9, nine young men who were executed in July 1986.

 

Former Vlakplaas policeman Joe Mamasela lured the young men to their deaths under the pretense they were going to get military training. Mr. Mamasela drove the young men to a house in Vlaklaagte in the KwaNdebele homeland and lined them up against a wall. The security police then entered the room and executed them. The police then doused the young men's bodies with gasoline and burned them in order to destroy the evidence.

29. Tshemi Makedama is the sister of Lugile Makedama, who was murdered at the De Aar Police Station in October 1985.

MABEL MAKUPA30. Mabel Makupe is the wife of Andrew Makupe, who was murdered, along with Jackson Maake and Harold Sefolo, by the South African Security Police in June 1986.
Mr. Makupe was a courier for the ANC. The SAP abducted Mr. Makupe, took him to the Pretoria Portland Cement Mine and interrogated him. During the interrogation, Mr. Makupe told the SAP about Mr. Sefolo. Mr. Makupe was then forced to call Mr. Sefolo in Witbank, telling him that he would be picked up by some ANC comrades that night. That night two SAP spies abducted Mr. Sefolo.

In order to force Mr. Sefolo to provide more information, they shocked Mr. Maake to death right in front of him. Shortly thereafter, both Mr. Makupe and Mr. Sefolo were shocked to death.

MABEL MALOBOLA31. Mabel Malobola is the mother of Malobola Mbuso, who is known as one of the KwaNdebele 9, nine young men who were executed in July 1986.

Former Vlakplaas policeman Joe Mamasela lured the young men to their deaths under the pretense they were going to get military training. Mr. Mamasela drove the young men to a house in Vlaklaagte in the KwaNdebele homeland and lined them up against a wall. The security police then entered the room and executed them. The police then doused the young men's bodies with gasoline and burned them in order to destroy the evidence.

EVELYN MATISO32. Evelyn Matiso is the mother of Pitsi Matiso, who was murdered by the police in July 1986.

While Mr. Matiso and a group of his friends were playing soccer, a policeman singled out Mr. Matiso and began to chase him. The policeman chased Mr. Matiso out of the area where he was playing and shot him.

JEFFREY MGIDIBETTY MGIDI33. Betty Mgidi is the mother of Jeffrey Mgidi, who was shot to death by the South African Police in 1984.

After Mr. Mgidi's death, his family was under constant surveillance by the SAP. The police banned all speeches at Mr. Magidi's funeral and prevented his family from giving him a proper burial.

ELIZABETH MKHONWANA34. Elizabeth Mkhonwana is the sister of Obed Mkhonwana, who is known as one of the KwaNdebele 9, nine young men who were executed in July 1986.

Former Vlakplaas policeman Joe Mamasela lured the young men to their deaths under the pretense they were going to get military training. Mr. Mamasela drove the young men to a house in Vlaklaagte in the KwaNdebele homeland and lined them up against a wall. The security police then entered the room and executed them. The police then doused the young men's bodies with gasoline and burned them in order to destroy the evidence.

BHEKI MLANGENI

CATHERINE MLANGENI

35. Catherine Mlangeni is the mother of Bheki Mlangeni, who was murdered by a parcel bomb on February 15, 1991.

 

The bomb was planted by Colonel Eugene de Kock of the Security Branch of the South African Police. Mr. Mlangeni received a package at his office, opened it, and discovered that it was a walkman. Leaving the box at his office, he took the walkman home that night to try it out. Mr. Mlangeni did not know that a bomb had been planted in the earphones. When he turned the walkman on, the bomb exploded, and Mr. Mlangeni's head was blown off in front of his family, killing him instantly. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission granted his killers amnesty.

36. Cecil Mlanjeni's brother, Kele Mlanjeni, was slain by the South African Police on November 29, 1985.

On that day, the police burst into Mr. Mlanjeni's home and attacked all those present. People started fleeing the home to avoid the SAP. As Mr. Mlanjeni was trying to flee, the police shot him in the back of the head. He died instantly.

37. Samuel Morudu is the grandfather of Sannah P. Leslie, who was murdered in a firebomb attack in February 1987.

Ms. Morudu was born on December 19, 1974 at Hetzogville in the Orange Free State. In 1980, Ms. Morudu moved to Mamelodi to live with her uncle and attend school. Ms. Morudu's uncle, Moss Morudu was a member of the Mamelodi Civic Association and was targeted by the South African Police. During the early morning hours of February 20, 1987, four bombs were thrown into the bedroom where Ms. Morudu slept with her four cousins. All the children suffered at least third degree burns. Ms. Morudu was rushed to Kalafong Hospital, but she could not be saved. Ms. Morudu died on February 25, 1987, from the burns she sustained.

TSHIDISO MOTASI38. Tshidiso Motasi is the son of John and Penelope Moloke, who was murdered in their beds by the South African Police.

Mr. Motasi was only 5 years old at the time. Three members of the SAP stormed into his home at 10pm and shot his father. His mother, who witnessed the slaying and saw the face of one of the killers, was shot in order to protect the identity of the killers. The police did not detect Mr. Motasi. Not knowing what to do, Mr. Motasi spent the night alone, crying, with the bodies of his murdered parents. Neighbors, who heard his cry the following morning and came to investigate, found Mr. Motasi with his parents' bodies. John Miles chronicles Mr. Motasi's story in the book Deafening Silence.

39. Willie Nelani is the father of Mongezi Nelani, who was murdered by South African security police on April 1, 1987.

The police shot Mr. Nelani and three of his friends because they were political activists.

40. Catherine Ngqulunga is the wife of Brian Ngqulunga, who was murdered by the South African Police on July 19, 1990.

Mr. Ngqulunga had worked for the SAP, but had recently left his position and was in contact with the ANC. His former colleagues kidnapped him, then beat, stabbed and chopped his body to pieces.

CATHERINE PHIRI41. Catherine Phiri is the sister of Thomas Phiri, who was one of ten young men murdered by the security police in June 1986.

The ten young men disappeared from their homes on June 26, 1986. Joe Mamasela, a police spy, lured the young men to their deaths. Mr. Mamasela told young men they were going to Botswana to join the ANC for military training. Instead, Mr. Mamasela led the young men to Nietverdiend where the security police and military were waiting. The security police and military packed the ten helpless young men into a minivan filled with explosives and blew them up.

HAROLD SEFOLO42. Elizabeth Sefolo is the wife of Harold Sefolo, who was murdered by the South African Police.

Mr. Sefolo was abducted in June of 1986 along with Jackson Maake and Andrew Makupe. Mr. Sefolo was interrogated and tortured. A knife was forced in his nose to coerce him to provide information regarding the ANC. Mr. Sefolo begged for his life. The police then shocked Mr. Maake and Mr. Makupe to death before Mr. Sefolo. Shortly thereafter,

Mr. Sefolo was shocked to death. The police then took the bodies to a minibus, which was then placed over a landmine, which was detonated. This was done to create the impression that they had blown themselves up. Ms. Sefolo learned of her husband's fate in a newspaper article in the City Press Sunday.

JEFFREY SIBAYA43. Maria Sibaya is the mother of Jeffrey Sibaya, who was murdered by South African Police outside Mamelodi in July 1986.

Mr. Sibaya, 17 at the time of is death, was a member the ANC and the Congress of South African Students. The SAP approached him about becoming an informant. After Mr. Sibaya refused, Joe Mamasela, a SAP spy, lured Mr. Sibaya to his death. Mr. Mamasela told Mr. Sibaya and his friends that he was going to take them to Botswana to join the ANC for military training. Instead Mamasela led them to their execution at Nietverdiend, a location five kilometers north of Pienaar's River near the Botswana border. Mr. Sibaya and his friends were interrogated, kicked, beaten, and strangled with wire by members of the SAP. To conceal the evidence, Mr. Sibaya's body was blown up using a landmine.

44. Patricial M. Songo is the mother of Dipulo Songo, who was murdered during the Mamelodi Massacre on November 21, 1985.

Ms. Songo was a 16 year old student. She was attending a gathering that was to present the then mayor with a memorandum concerning the high cost of rentals in Mamelodi. The South African Police and South African Defense Force opened fire on the crowd, shooting even those who ran away. No one has ever been prosecuted or called to account for the massacre.

45. Mpolontsi Tyote is the father of Boyboy Tyote, who was murdered by the South African Police on November 11, 1991.

While Mr. Tyote and his friends were holding a meeting, the SAP appeared and started firing at them. Mr. Tyote was shot dead.

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