Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee is to hear amnesty applications in Durban later this month from nine people who have applied for amnesty for the killing of at least 50 people in a series of separate incidents.
The applicants, mostly members of Inkatha Freedom Party serving lengthy prison sentences for the killing of ANC members and supporters, will appear at a five-day hearing.
The hearing will be at the TRC Durban offices from Monday March 23 to Friday March 27. The offices are on the 9th Floor, Metlife Building, 391 Smith Street. The hearings will commence at 9 am each day.
The first applicant scheduled to appear on Monday, Goodman Musawakhe Ngcobo, has applied for amnesty for the murder of 12 people committed at Izingolweni near Port Shepstone between 1990 and 1992. Ngcobo was initially sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted.
Sandile Innocent Manana has applied in respect of the murder of Mr Sifiso Jili in Steadville near Ladysmith in October 1992. Manana is serving a five-year prison term.
Bongani Gilbert Ngobese and Nimrod Mbewu Mthembu seek amnesty for the murders of Mr Siza Ntsele and Ms Zondiwe Khumalo of KwaMaphumulo near Stanger on August 24 1991. They have also applied for the attempted murder of Mdikivani Mkhize.
Thulani Mzokhona Myeza is applying for the murder of three people in Eshowe. He claims he was acting under orders when he killed Vusumuzi Mbokazi on 20 November 1993, Joel Zikhali the following day and Nkoso Dludla on 1st April 1994.
Boy N. Gwamanda has applied for the murder of four people.
Mabhungu Absolom Dladla and Nkanyiso Wilfred Ndlovu killed 16 people at Enkanyezini on the 5th March 1993. During their trial they claimed that they were avenging the killing of six schoolchildren who were ambushed and murdered in the area a few days earlier. They were sentenced to over 60 years in prison.
The last applicant, Baba Langelihle Khomo, killed eight people and attempted to kill eight others at Ekwandeni Section 3 in Mpumalanga Township near Hammarsdale on 9th March 1992. He is currently serving 20 years in prison.