Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has granted amnesty to three Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) members relating to their attack on a night club which left one person dead and two others wounded at Newcastle, KwaZulu/Natal in 1994.
Two of the applicants Andile Shiceka and Walter Thando are former African People's Liberation Army operatives - PAC's armed wing while the third applicant, Bongani Malevu is an ordinary member of the organisation. All three of them are serving lengthy prison terms.
Armed with heavy calibre weapons, the men launched an attack on the Crazy Beat Disco - a night club which was frequented mostly by whites, killing Mr Gerbrecht Salomina Van Wyk and wounding two other patrons on February 14, 1994.
The applicants told the Amnesty Committee last year that the weapons, including grenades, which were used in the attack, were ferried from the former Transkei to Newcastle. In its decision, the Amnesty Committee said :' It is common knowledge that the PAC did have armed struggle as its policy 85that the attack was an act associated with a political motive 85it is (therefore) our conclusion that the applicants have met the requirements for amnesty.'