The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to hear amnesty applications of eleven men belonging to the ANC relating to a spate of bombing, abduction and killing incidents which occurred in the former Transkei early in the 90.
Four of them are applying for amnesty for their role in a shooting incident which left two Weakly brothers Allistar and Glenn dead and Mr Keith Rumble injured near Port St Johns in 1990. Two young boys, Thomas O'Keeffe and Brett Rumble escaped unscathed during the shooting. The victims were shot at while travelling in their vehicle to a holiday resort in Port Elizabeth.
The applicants who claim to be members of the ANC and members of the self defence units in Flagstaff at the time are Pumelele Hermanus, Mlulamisi Maxhayi, Lungile Mazwi and Fundisile Guleni. They were convicted and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the incident.
Other applications to be heard by the Amnesty Committee relate to;
The killing of an alleged askari Mr Sipho Pungulwa who was shot dead while disembarking from a minibus taxi at Ngangelizwe township in Umtata in 1990.
Three men who claim to be former Umkhonto Wesizwe (former ANC's military wing) are Ndibulele Ndzamela, Pumlani Kubukeli and Mfanelo Matshaya. They have been charged with murder but their prosecution has been suspended pending the outcome of their amnesty application.
The abduction and killing of two policemen, Constable Bernard Nhlanhla Ngubo and Constable Eugene Mbele in Kokstad in 1993. The two policemen were abducted while on duty at a police station in Kokstad and were later shot dead at Pakade near Umtata.
Mlungisi Nyembezi, Luzuko Mpiyakhe, Solomzi Nomatshizolo and Luyanda Ntikinca are applying for amnesty for their role in the incident. They are also applying, together with Kubukeli and Matshaya, for amnesty for a spate of bombings at police stations in Kokstad and Maclear in 1990. However, nobody was killed or injured as the result of the bombings.
Charges against the applicants were withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.
The law governing the TRC operations specify that victims, next of kin or anyone with an interest in the matter has the right to attend, led evidence and be represented by his/her lawyer.
The hearing will take place on April 20-25 at the Civic Centre in Umtata. Judge Ronnie Pillay will chair the panel.