Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has granted amnesty to four Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) members and the slain Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) South Coast leader James Zulu for acts relating to an attack on a police station in Flagstaff, former Transkei shortly before the 1994 elections.
Mr Zulu was killed in Port Shepstone earlier this year. The four other applicants who are AWB members are Harry Jardine, Morton Christie, Andrew Howell and Christo Brand.
Their applicants related to an incident which left one policeman, Constable Barnabas Jaggers dead and two others, Constable Edmund Nyangana and Inspector Mzingisi Mkhondweni wounded in ensuing gunfire at Flagstaff Police Station on March 5, 1994. The applicants fled with a number of weapons and rounds of ammunition in a police van which they used as a getaway vehicle.
They were later arrested and convicted of murder, attempted murder and robbery but were not sentenced pending the outcome of their amnesty applications.
During their appearance before the Amnesty Committee the applicants implicated an AWB commander in the Umkomaas area Mr Patrick Pedlar and Mr Robin Shoesmith of the IFP as the ones who ordered them to assist in obtaining weapons which would be used by the IFP's Self Protection Unit.
In its decision, the Amnesty Committee said it was satisfied that the offence for which the men applied for amnesty were acts associated with a political objective committed during the conflict of the past. It also said that it was satisfied that the applicants had made full disclosure.
Relating to Mr Zulu's application, the Committee invoked the provisions of Section 20 (7) (c ) of the law governing the operations of the TRC. In terms of that section, no person, organisation or State can be held responsible for acts or offence committed within the prescribed period by a person who is deceased.