February 01, 2014

On this day February 1st

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

1 February, 1974 Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, a leader of the South African Students' Organization (SASO), was killed by a parcel bomb near Gaborone, Botswana. Tiro was completing an application form to continue his studies through the University of South Africa (Unisa) when a student known only as Lawrence handed him a parcel supposedly forwarded by the international University Exchange Program. As he was opening it, the bomb exploded, killing him instantly. A Bureau of State Security (BOSS) hit squad, also known as the Z-Squad, was allegedly responsible for sending him the parcel bomb. As a result, Black students boycott lectures and their institutions were forced to shut down. Tiro's remains were exhumed by the Azanian People's Organization (AZAPO) and his family and returned to Dinokana for reburial in 1998. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) failed to conduct an in-depth formal investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

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