BOIPATONG MASSACRE PDF

Over 40 people were killed in the Boipatong Massacre on 17 June , a township near Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng. The massacre was the culmination of ongoing political violence in the area which rocked the township and put a halt to negotiations as African National Congress ANC member blamed the National Party NP for the attacks. Many of the victims were women and children caught in the crossfire of political violence. I opened the door and she fell on the floor. She was stabbed and chopped on her neck. She died there on the floor.

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Over 40 people were killed in the Boipatong Massacre on 17 June , a township near Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng. The massacre was the culmination of ongoing political violence in the area which rocked the township and put a halt to negotiations as African National Congress ANC member blamed the National Party NP for the attacks. Many of the victims were women and children caught in the crossfire of political violence.

I opened the door and she fell on the floor. She was stabbed and chopped on her neck. She died there on the floor. We were afraid. After that I hid under the bed.

The grieving woman explained that her mother had been undressed by the men and they stabbed her to death. The Boipatong massacre is remembered as one of the most brutal moments of violence, when men from Kwa Madala an Inkatha Freedom Party IFP hostel went on a rampage through the township. Armed and said to be supported by the apartheid state they looted, vandalised houses and hacked people to death whom they believed to be ANC supporters.

Most of the violence during this period stemmed from the hostels and the neighbouring townships in retaliatory attacks.

Most recollections of the massacre explain the attack as an attempt by the National Party to undermine the ANC ahead of the first democratic elections. De Klerk and the nationalist security forces complicity in the violence had not been established by the Goldstone Commission. However, police response to the violence had been slow. The Commission also appointed a British criminalist who discovered that police had not gathered any fingerprints, blood samples or any other evidence that could be used to convict perpetrators of the violence.

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It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras. In a recent ruling, the amnesty committee contradicted the TRC's October report on a vital issue -police culpability for the massacre of 45 people at Boipatong in the Vaal Triangle in June The TRC report, however, found that 'KwaMadala residents, with the police, planned and carried out' the killings. The TRC's finding that the police were guilty of multiple murder at Boipatong has thus been overturned by the amnesty committee. The massacre was widely portrayed as proving the ANC's claim that the then government was using the police and army to wage a covert war against it. The National Party government lost all remaining legitimacy, and the ANC was increasingly able to dictate the terms of the transition.

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