Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Amnesty Committee of the TRC has granted amnesty, to seven applicants in six different sets of matters during its four day sitting at the Durban Christian Centre this week.
The applications related to the conflict between the Inkatha Freedom Party and ANC, security police and community defence matters in the early 1990's.
On Tuesday, October 20, amnesty was granted to Alpheus Jackson Jeke, Bheki Alpheus Nzama and Adries Sithole who had been imprisoned for their role in the necklacing of four members of a criminal gang at Bottlebrush Squatter camp near Chatsworths.
The applicants claimed their act was in defence of the community who had been terrorised by the gang over a period of time.
The second applicant to receive amnesty on Wednesday October 21,1998, was Mlungisi Justice Majozi for his involvement in a shootout with police in July 1991. During the skirmish, three of his MK comrades, Dumisani Xaba, Joe Makhaya and Madoda Mkhize were killed. Majozi was serving a 20 year sentence in Pietermaritzburg for attempted murder and possession of arms ammunition.
On the same date, amnesty was granted to Muntukayise Ntuli - a Cosatu and ANC official at Esikhawini, Kwazulu-Natal, for an illegal possession of a grenade and attempted murder of three IFP members - Lucky Mbuyazi, Ben Mlambo and Ntlakanipho Mathenjwa on August 26,1991.
On October 22,1998, ANC member Dumisani Sibisi was granted amnesty for killing IFP members, Joseph Madiba and Khaya Mthembu. Amnesty was also granted for his attempted murder of four others at Saiccor bridge, in Umkomaas on April 30,1991. The victims were killed when a petrol bomb was thrown at their vehicle, causing it to crash. The applicants then opened fire on the victims.
Today amnesty was granted to ANC security guard, Dumisani Mthembu who shot and injured a group of policemen who came to search the house of the Cosatu (Northern Natal), Chairperson, Mr. Vincent Shandu. He shot the police after he heard a noise outside the house and thought he was under attack. The applicant told the committee that the incident happened in the circumstances of political tension between the IFP and the ANC at Sundumbili in Northern Natal in September 1992.
In its decision, Committee deputy chairperson, Judge Andrew Wilson together with, Advocate Denzil Potgieter S.C., Ms Sisi Khampepe said the applicants satisfied the terms of the Act governing the TRC.