AMNESTY FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT

by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, about early 1993
7 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The report discusses the contention over the release of political prisoners and indemnity for political offenses in the bilateral talks between the South African government and the African National Congress. The Further Indemnity Act that grants liberal amnesty to people who committed criminal actions prior to October 8, 1990 who are found to have been motivated by "political objectives." Human rights violations in South Africa, including torture, deaths in detention, and extra-legal killings, violate South African domestic laws as well as international law. The report says there have been mounting disclosures of security force involvement in political assassinations and township violence. The report discusses Griffiths Mxenge, the Durban human rights lawyer who was hacked to death in 1981; Ruth First, the exiled academic who was blown up by a letter bomb in 1982; Dulcie September, the ANC representative in Paris who was gunned down in 1988; David Webster, the activist who helped found the Detainees' Parents Support Committee, who was shot in 1989; human rights lawyer Bheki Mlangeni, who was killed by a parcel bomb in 1991; Reggie Hadebe, ANC official who was shot to death in October 1992; and the Goldstone Commission. • The Crimes of Apartheid • The Government Response • Amnesty and National Reconciliation
Used by permission of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Collection: Kathleen Sheldon Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections