JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South African security agents murdered four anti-apartheid activists in 1985, a judge said Saturday. But the judge said he could not identify the killers and left it to the attorney general to determine whether anyone should be tried.
The case will test the ability of South Africa's new black government to balance cries for retribution and calls for forgiveness.
"In my opinion, there is . . . proof that it was members of the security forces that in fact carried out the murders" of Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli, Judge Neville Zietsman said in an 84-page opinion read out in his Port Elizabeth courtroom.
But Zietsman, a provincial judge who has investigated the case for the past year, was unable to identify who killed the four.