Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will hear next week amnesty applications from five former members of the Inkatha Freedom Party-aligned self protection units and a member of the African National Congress armed wing - Umkhonto weSizwe for various attacks which claimed at least 27 lives in separate incidents in KwaZulu/Natal in the early'90s.
The hearing scheduled to start on Monday December 7 until Friday December 11, will take place at the Marian Centre, 532 Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg. Judge Andrew Wilson will chair the hearing.
Five former IFP's self protection members, Bongani Cyril Thusi, Petros Bhekinkosi Mthalane, Nicholas Dobo Ntanzi, Nkosinathi Ngwenya and Sibusiso Richard Mbhele are seeking amnesty for crimes which range from murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder to illegal possession of arms and ammunition. They are serving prison terms ranging from 15 years to life imprisonment.
Thusi is applying for amnesty for his role in the attack which left 16 people dead at Richmond in 1991, the murder of Mr Paulos Zulu, who was believed to be an ANC sympathiser in Ulundi in January 1994 and for illegal possession of arms and ammunition. In his amnesty application, he claims that he was among a group of five SPU members who launched an offensive with high-calibre automatic weapons at Ndaleni, Magoda, Slahlambewu and Smozameni leaving 16 people dead in their wake and scores of others wounded.
It is understood that no one was arrested for this incident.
Mthalane is seeking amnesty for the murder of Mr Clement Mchunu near Plough Hotel, Ixopo on October 27 1993.
Nicholas Dobo Ntanzi and Nkosinathi Ngwenya are seeking amnesty for the murder of Mr Mpathiseni Ntanzi near Ezindophi Reserve on September 25 1993.
Sibusiso Richard Mbele is applying for amnesty for the murder of three unidentified former Transkei soldiers at Emazabekweni, Mr Mafuthalenja Dlamini at Ebonvini, Mr Anthony Nzimande at Ebonvini, Mr Thwalofu Dlamini and attempted murder of a Mr Magubane at Pulangweni. Mbhele also claims that he was involved in the conspiracy to assassinate Mr Reggie Hadebe.
Philane Zondi, former bodyguard of ANC's Regional Secretary in Northern Natal Mr Senzo Mchunu, is applying for amnesty for shooting dead Mr Sihle Makhapheni Mpanza at Empangeni on March 22 1994. Mr Mpanza was part of a group of IFP supporters who were seen by Zondi removing ANC election placard at Empangeni. Zondi was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
According to the TRC legislation, victims, next of kin or any other interested party have the right to attend, adduce evidence and be legally represented at the hearing.
Meanwhile, the amnesty hearing into ANC-aligned self defence unit activities in the Reef before the 1994 elections continues on Monday next week at Palm Ridge Community Centre near Thokoza, Johannesburg.