June 04, 2014

On this day June 4th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

June 4, 1980 The South African security police bombed two houses in Manzini, Swaziland.

In what they labeled a response to attacks on the Sasol oil refinery in Secunda, the South African security police bombed two houses in Manzini, Swaziland. The attacks claimed the lives of Umkhonto we Sizwe member Patrick Makau and seven-year-old Patrick Nkosi, the son of an active ANC member, Mr Mawick Nkosi.

One of the fatal raids conducted by South African police was in Matola, Mozambique in 1981. They attacked and destroyed three houses and killed 16 South Africans and a Portuguese national, Jose Ramos, who bore a striking resemblance to Joe Slovo. For a short period of time the South African Defense Force (SADF) celebrated the death of Slovo before it came to light that the person killed was a Portuguese national.

Amongst those who died in the 1980s was Motso "Obad" Mokgabudi who was killed in 1981 shortly after his arrival from Angola; Ruth First who died in a parcel bomb attack in 1982; Moses Mabhida who died in 1986 in Maputo, Mozambique and Samuel Phinda who was killed after being poisoned in 1989.

 

 

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