Anniversary: Jacob Monnakgotla and Saul Ndzumo

September 10, 2018

10th September 1969: Today marks the 49th anniversary for the killing of Jacob Monnakgotla

Name:                    MONAKGOTLA, Jacob

Date of Death:      10 September 1969

Place:                     Pretoria Prison

Cause:                    Natural causes: thrombosis

Age:                        Unknown

In 1969, three Bakwena tribesmen died in prison following their arrest under the Terrorism Act in 1968. Jacob Monnakgotla, Nicodimus Kgoathe and Solomon Modipane were arrested alongside seven others for attempting to murder the new head of their tribe who had agreed to a relocation plan with the government. The accused appeared in court on 24 January, whereupon the state revoked the charge of murder. However, the accused were immediately rearrested under the Terrorism Act, removing any opportunity to post bail and allowing for indefinite incarceration (SAIRR, 1969, 67).

TRC Findings: THE COMMISSION FINDS THAT JACOB MONNAKGOTLA, A MEMBER OF THE BAKUBUNG TRIBE, DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS TO APPEAR IN COURT. THE COMMISSION FINDS THAT, IN ALL PROBABILITY, JACOB MONNAKGOTLA WAS TORTURED AND SEVERELY ILL TREATED WHICH RESULTED IN HIS DEATH. THE COMMISSION FINDS THE POLICE AND THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMMISSION OF GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.

http://sabctrc.saha.org.za/reports/volume3/chapter6/subsection11.htm

 

10th September 1980: Today marks the 38th anniversary for the killing of Saul Ndzumo
Name:                     NDZUMO, Saul

Date of Death:      10 September 1969

Place:                      Umtata, Transkei

Cause:                     Natural causes.  Heart trouble, diabetes, blood pressure

Age:                         58

Description:           A former Transkei cabinet minister who died of excessive bleeding after he was detained by the Transkei Police in 1980 in Idutywa, Transkei.

http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/hrvtrans%5Chrvel1/ndzumo.htm


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