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Victims of Torture

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ELLIOT SITHEMBISO MARENENEThe following plaintiffs are victims of torture. (Some victims of torture were also victims of sexual assault and arbitrary detention.)

Nomkhango Phumza Skolweni Dyantyi 47. Nomkhango Phumza Skolweni Dyantyi was tortured by the South African Police in 1983.

The police detained Ms. Dyantyi and took her to the Maitland Police Station, where they tortured her for three weeks. The SAP shot Ms. Dyantyi in the legs, where bullet fragments still remain. The SAP repeatedly beat Ms. Dyantyi on her head. She lost most of her eyesight as a result of the torture inflicted by the SAP and was left with a large scar on her head and face.

48. Clifford Zixelile Fudukile was shot and repeatedly tortured by the South African Police beginning in 1982.

As a result of the shooting, Mr. Fudukile was paralyzed. He can no longer work and still suffers from his injuries.

49. Windovoel Gaaje was detained on June 9, 1986.

During his imprisonment, he was tortured and beaten by the South African Police in Hoffmeyer prison. On June 9, 1987, Mr. Gaaje was released; however, he was detained again in 1990 and sent to Henneman Prison for months, before being transferred to Bloemfontein Prison. Mr. Gaaje continues to suffer from the torture.

CHARLES HLATSWAYO50. Charles Hlatshwayo, a member of the ANC, was beaten and tortured by the Bophuthatswana police in 1990.

A police informer, pretending to work for the ANC, lured Mr. Hlatshwayo and his colleagues into a police trap. The police then tortured Mr. Hlatshwayo. They handcuffed him, beat him unconscious, and poured cold water over him to revive him. Then the police inserted electric wires into Mr. Hlatshwayo?s penis and shocked him until he passed out. The police also choked Mr. Hlatshwayo with a rubber tube. The police tortured Mr. Hlatshwayo for three weeks, until he was placed in detention. Mr. Hlatshwayo urinated blood for six months following his torture. The electrical shock caused severe damage to Mr. Hlatshwayo?s spine and vocal cords. He is now confined to a wheelchair and cannot talk.

MOSES HLONGWANE51. Moses Hlongwane was detained under the State of Emergency on June 17, 1986.

He was released in May 13, 1987. In August 1990, Mr. Hlongwane was detained by the Bophuthatswana Defense Force when he was trying to flee to Botswana. He spent two weeks at Matikeng Police Station under hard conditions. He was then sent to Virginia Police Station where he was tortured for one week and released. Even after his release, the police continued to harass Mr. Hlongwane. Mr. Hlongwane continues to suffer from the torture.

LESIBA KEKANA52. Lesiba Kekana was unlawfully arrested and detained without trial from June 1986 to February 1987.

During his detention, he was tortured. Mr. Kekana continues to suffer from the torture.

53. Sanaki Mahlatsi was detained on June 12, 1986 under the State of Emergency.

During his detention the South African Police tortured, harassed and beat him. After three months at the Bothaville Police Station Mr. Mahlatsi was transferred to the Kroonstad Prison where his torture continued. He was placed in solitary confinement for five months prior to his release in June 1987.

54. Robert Makana was detained in September 1986 under the State of Emergency.

During his detention he was beaten and tortured. After spending three months at St. Albans Prison, Mr. Markana was transferred to Steyn Prison. He was released in May 1987. Mr. Markana was also detained in July 1985 for one month. Because of his imprisonment, Mr. Markana lost his job. Mr. Markana continues to suffer from the torture.

55. Zakharia Fikile Mamba was tortured repeatedly by South African Security Police.

After Mr. Mamba became politically active in 1984, the SAP began tracking him. He went into hiding, only emerging in March 1986 to participate in school protests. After the protests, Mr. Mamba went back into hiding. He was found by the SAP and taken to the Bothaville police station. There, Mr. Mamba was interrogated. Mr. Mamba was transferred to Wesselsbronx police station where his torture began. While Mr. Mamba was being interrogated two police officers handcuffed and repeatedly punched and kicked him. The police tortured Mr. Mama again three weeks later, handcuffing him and beating him. However, this time they placed a metal hat-like device on his head and electrocuted him. The security police also poured water on his head while he was being electrocuted. Mr. Mamba passed out but the beating continued. In addition to the torture, Mr. Mamba was not allowed to bathe. On July 10, 1987, Mr. Mamba was released. But the torture did not stop. Twice a month, every month, through 1990, the security police picked up Mr. Mamba, took him to the Bothaville police station, and interrogated and tortured him. On January 5, 1990, at approximately two o'clock in the morning, the SAP entered Mr. Mamba's home and took him to Kgotsong police station where they beat him, electrocuted him and tortured him for four hours. In September 1990, because of constant police harassment, Mr. Mamba went back into hiding. On New Year's Day 1991, the local police found Mr. Mamba and subsequently kicked and punched him. Mr. Mamba was hospitalized. On February 11, 1991, tired of the constant police harassment, Mr. Mamba decided to leave the country. However, the security police detained Mr. Mamba. They beat and tortured Mr. Mamba and again he was hospitalized. Mr. Mamba continues to suffer from the torture.

ELLIOT SITHEMBISO MARENENE56. Elliot Sithembiso Marenene was tortured by the South African Police at the Gugulethu Police Station in June 1985.

The SAP placed an electrical instrument on his fingers and shocked him. The SAP then beat Mr. Marenene all over his body, breaking his arm in the process. The SAP also deprived Mr. Marenene of food and water during his detention. Mr. Marenene still suffers from the torture.

57. Alfred Masemola was imprisoned on Robben Island from August 11, 1985 to 1990.ALFRED MPHO MASEMOLA

During his imprisonment, the police beat Mr. Masemola, breaking his arm on one occasion. Mr. Masemola spent one year in solitary confinement without treatment for his broken arm. The police also shot Mr. Masemola. He still has bullet fragments lodged in his head that cause severe headaches. The bullet fragments cannot be removed. Mr. Masemola continues to suffer from the torture.

Maureen Thandi Mazibuko58. Maureen Thandi Mazibuko was beaten and tortured by the South African Police in 1977.

The SAP detained Ms. Mazibuko on March 23. She was taken to the Gugulethu police station. The SAP started to interrogate her but they were unable to glean any pertinent information. She was then taken to a stone building in Cape Town. As Ms. Mazibuko entered the building she could hear people crying. A member of the SAP forced Ms. Mazibuko into a dentist chair. He then threw acid on her head. The initial shock from having the acid thrown on her paralyzed Ms. Mazibuko. As she tried to wipe the acid off, large clumps of her hair began to fall. The officer punched her repeatedly, stripped her naked, and subjected Ms. Mazibuko to psychological abuse. The torture lasted for 10 hours. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Mazibuko passed out. She was then taken to Wynberg Prison where she was put into a cell with children. There were no toilets and no fresh water. The SAP sent a social worker to Ms. Mazibuko's cell to tell her she was going to prison for 13 or 14 years. Ms. Mazibuko still suffers physically and mentally as a result of the torture. She was disfigured by the acid and developed Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). As a result of her PTSD, Ms. Mazibuko is plagued by nightmares, insomnia, paranoia, memory loss, paralyzing fear, dissociation, and feelings of hopelessness.

MICHAEL MBELE59. Micheal Mbele, born on October 31, 1944, was politically active in a union as a shop steward and was also a United Democratic Front member.

Because of Mr. Mbele's political activities the Special Security Police detained and tortured Mr. Mbele in 1986. For three straight days police beat and shocked Mr. Mbele with electric pipes, then choked him with a rubber tire. As a result of his torture Mr. Mbele lost his hearing. Mr. Mbele's suffering continued for eleven more months as police placed him in solitary confinement. Mr. Mbele's continues to suffer from the torture.

60. Laetitia Nombambo Mfecane is the daughter of Rubin Mfecane who was repeatedly detained and tortured by the South African Police.

In 1960, the SAP came to Mr. Mfecane?s home and beat him. He was then taken to Sidnum Port Elizabeth Prison. For three months, he was tortured. He was severely beaten and electrocuted. As a result of his torture, he suffered from psychotic episodes. In 1964, the SAP detained Mr. Mfecane again and sentenced him to four and a half years at Robben Island. In addition to the psychotic episodes, Mr. Mfecane suffered severe pain as a result of the torture. Due to his detention, Mr. Mfecane lost his job and his house. For twenty years Mr. Mfecane and his family had no stable home. Mr. Mfecane was eventually admitted to Butterworth Hospital in 1983 because of his psychotic episodes. He died there in May of 1983.

DENNIS SIKO MNLANDELI61. Dennis Mlandeli was detained during a political uprising in 1977.

During his detention, Mr. Mlandeli was severely beaten, punched, and kicked. Subsequently, Mr. Mlandeli was transferred to another facility and no one was allowed to visit him. Mr. Mlandeli continues to suffer from the torture.

TEFO-MOFOKENG62. Tefo Mofokeng was detained by South African Security Police while attempting to attend training with the ANC in Botswana.

During his detention at Mmabotho prison, Mr. Mofokeng was tortured. He was transferred to Virginia prison in June 1990 where his torture continued until his release. Mr. Mofokeng continues to suffer from the torture.

63. Motlaletsatsi Molatedi was detained in June 1986 under the State of Emergency.

During her imprisonment, the South African Police tortured and interrogated Ms. Molatedi. Ms. Molatedi spent a total of nine months at the Allanridge Police Station and Kroonstad Prison. She continues to suffer from the physical and mental effects of the torture, including hearing loss and depression.

64. Azariel Molebeleli was first detained in 1985 after the riots at the Mophate Secondary School.

The Security Police went to Mr. Molebeleli's home at two o'clock in the morning and sent him to Klerksdorp prison. He was detained there for seven days. After his release, Mr. Molebeleli returned to school. Soon after he returned, Mr. Molebeleli was expelled from school. He was detained again in June 1986 under the State of Emergency. He was sent to Wesselsbrook Police station for a month, and then transferred to Kroonstad Prison where he spent a year. In 1991, Mr. Molebeleli decided to leave the country and go to Botswana. Unfortunately, he was caught by the security police and imprisoned at Mega City Police Station, where he was tortured. Two weeks later he was transferred to Virgina Police Station. He remained at Virgina Police Station for only seven days, until he was released. Mr. Molebeleli continues to suffer from the torture.

65. Simon Molotsi was detained on June 12, 1986 under the State of Emergency.

During his detention, Mr. Molotsi was assaulted and subjected to electric shocks. On August 29, 1986, Mr. Molotsi was transferred to Kroonstad Prison, where the torture continued. Mr. Molotsi was released in 1987. After his release, the police continued to harass Mr. Molotsi by performing random searches of his home. Mr. Molotsi continues to suffer as the result of the torture.

66. Lina Moreane is the mother of Albert Xaba. Mr. Xaba was arrested for a petty crime. W

hile in prison, he was beaten on the head and sprayed with tear gas. The beatings caused Mr. Xaba to go blind, become mute, and lose the use of his legs. Mr. Xaba was confined to bed for the rest of his life. In addition, the beatings caused a blood clot in Mr. Xaba's brain. Mr. Xaba eventually died from the brain damage caused by the beatings.

67. Thabiso Samuel Motsie was detained on December 23, 1986 under the State of Emergency.

During his imprisonment, the police tortured him. He was beaten, kicked, assaulted and harassed. After three weeks at the Bothaville Police Station, he was transferred to Kroonstad Prison, where the torture continued. Mr. Motsie was released on April 27, 1987, but, the police continued to harass him. Mr. Motsie received no medical treatment for his wounds while in prison.

68. Sonto Ndlovu was detained on October 31, 1987 for alleged sabotage.

On that day, Ms. Ndlovu's cousin, Peter Dlamini, visited her at work. Her cousin had a limpet mine with him that detonated and caused injuries. Her cousin went into exile, but Ms. Ndlovu was charged with sabotage and arrested. During her detention, Ms. Ndlovu was tortured. The police severely beat Ms. Ndlovu, causing a loss of hearing in her left ear. As a result of the torture, Ms. Ndlovu can no longer bear children. Ms. Ndlovu continues to suffer from the torture.

69. Mangindiva Robert Rhenene was tortured by the SAP in 1984.

The SAP detained Mr. Rhenene at the Goodwood Police station before transferring him to Pollsmore. At Pollsmore, the SAP placed a black bag over Mr. Rhenene's head and electrocuted him through his hands and feet. Mr. Rhenene continues to suffer from the torture.

70. Thobile Sikani was detained, tortured, and shot by the South African Police.

The police shot Mr. Sikani, in 1983, while he was attending the funeral for four of his friends. Without warning, the SAP opened fire on the funeral procession. Mr. Sikani was carrying the coffin of one of his friends, when he was shot in the left leg by the SAP. In 1986, the SAP detained Mr. Sikani at the Bishop Lewis Police Station. There, seven officers forced Mr. Sikani to lay flat on his back on the ground. The SAP officers then stood on Mr. Sikani's chest and began beating him with their fists and batons. He attempted to cover his body, but his efforts were futile. The beating continued for ten hours. After the beating stopped, blood poured from Mr. Sikani's nose and he sustained serious injuries that left scars and marks all over his body and face. He was then taken to a separate room where his torture continued. One of the officers brought in a machine and placed Mr. Sikani's scrotum and testicles inside. The machine caused excruciating pain to Mr. Sikani's genital area and Mr. Sikani passed out. When he regained consciousness, he found himself handcuffed and covered in blood with a black bag over his face. Later, the SAP transferred Mr. Sikani to Bellville-South Police Station, where his torture continued. At Bellville, an SAP officer inserted needles under Mr. Sikani's finger nails to coerce

Mr. Sikani into talking about the ANC, but Mr. Sikani refused. He was then taken to the head to the intelligence unit and further tortured. Finally, three policemen washed the blood from Mr. Sikani's body and took a photo of him. Mr. Sikani was then taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. After his treatment, the SAP took him back to the Wynberg Police Station where he was further detained. Mr. Sikani still suffers from the torture.

71. Bubele Stefane was shot by the South African Police on February 2, 1992.

He was shot in the right arm and right thigh. After shooting Mr. Stefane, the SAP beat and kicked him repeatedly. He was then taken to the Guguletu Police Station. There, the SAP placed an electrical instrument on Mr. Stefane's penis and electrocuted him. Mr. Stefane still suffers from the torture.

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