TRC STATEMENT ON KILLING OF BOIPATONG RESIDENTS, 2 July 1998
Sixteen Inkatha Freedom Party members who have applied for amnesty for their part in the killing of 46 residents of Boipatong near Vereeniging, will appear before the Committee at the Sebokeng College of Education from July 6 to 24.
The applicants, Qambelani Buthelezi, Bhekinkosi Mkhize, Tebogo Magubane, Vincent Khanyile, Timothy Stals Mazibuko, Jack Mbele, Sonny Michael Mkhwanazi, Thomas Lukhozi, Moses Mthembu, Mhlupheki Tshabnagu, Sipho Tshabangu, Sipho Buthelezi, Petrus Mdiniso, Mxoliseni Sibongeleni Mkhize, Paulos Mcikeleni Mbatha, Richard Dlamini and Victor Mthandeni Mthembu were part of a 200 strong group of men who attacked Boipatong residents on the evening of June 17, 1992.
Peace negotiations between the African National Congress and the Nationalist Party that were under way at the time, were suspended as a result of the massacre.
An investigation by the Goldstone Commission on the conduct of the then SAP into the incident led to the arrest and conviction of seventeen Kwamadala Hostel residents to prison terms of between 10 and 15 years. The various charges were murder, attempted murder and public violence in connection with the Boipatong massacre.
Senior IFP member, Themba Khoza and former police Commissioner, General Johan van der Merwe who implicated persons in this matter, have duly notified in accordance with the Act governing the TRC.
Robin Brink will be evidence leader throughout the hearings while Judge Selwyn Miller will chair the proceedings.
For more information contact Mbulelo Sompetha on Cel: 082 452 7870.
Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission