NIGEL February 4 1997 Sapa


The callous murder of South Africa's first "necklace" victim, Maki Skosana, in the East Rand township of Duduza in July 1985 was examined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's human rights violation committee on Tuesday.

SABC radio reported that Evelyn Moloko, the victim's sister told the committee that Maki was killed on suspicion of having been involved in a handgrenade explosion in which some youths were killed in Duduza in 1985.

Moloko said her sister was burned to death with a tyre around her neck while attending the funeral of one of the youths.

Maki Skosana was the first victim of the so-called necklacings.

Her body had been scorched by fire and some broken pieces of glass had been inserted into her vagina, Moloko told the committee.

Moloko added that a big rock had been thrown on her face after she had been killed.

South African Press Association, 1997
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