November 12, 2013

On the day... November 12th


On November 12, 1992, Professor Hlalanathi Sibankulu the ANC's regional executive committee member is found dead in his car in Madadeni, Natal. 

His body had been dismembered and badly burnt. Members of the KwaZulu Police, fired shots at him, forcing his car to stop, and then set it alight. Earlier, in June 1986, Mr Sibankulu had been detained in Newcastle along with other members of the Sibongile Civic Association, which was leading a rates boycott at the time. He had spent three months in solitary confinement at Waterval prison. In 1988, Sibankulu was charged with treason, along with fellow union activist Mandla Cele, but was acquitted after a fourteen-month trial.

Prof. Sibankulu was actively involved in the trade union movement as an organizer for the South African Municipal Workers Union. He was also chair of the African National Congress (ANC) Madadeni branch until he was elected to the Natal ANC Midlands Regional Executive Committee. Furthermore, he was a recognized civic activist among the township residents.

Prof. Sinbankulu was murdered on this day in 1992, "blame South Africa".

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