November 10, 2000 |
Six white police officers accused of setting dogs on black prisoners and beating them are to remain in custody, a judge ordered Thursday. Five of the six will remain in detention until Nov. 17, when they will be eligible to apply for bail. One, Sgt. Jacobus Smith, will be allowed to enter a hospital because he is infected with a rare virus, the South African Press Assn. reported.
April 25, 1999 |
Eight more South African police officers face suspension in connection with the videotaped beating of suspected thieves, a spokesman said. The officers will be suspended Monday, according to police spokesman Chris Wilken. He said some of the eight officers are black, although he did not know the exact number. Six white officers had already been suspended in the case, a seeming throwback to the days of apartheid-era police brutality. The suspects are black or of mixed race.
April 21, 1999 |
Six white officers were suspended amid an inquiry on a videotape showing them punching and kicking suspected thieves, one of whom later died. In a seeming throwback to South Africa's apartheid-era police violence, the officers are seen beating two suspects--who appeared to be black or mixed-race--and then setting a German shepherd on them. Officers can be heard laughing on the tape. The violence was captured by a camerawoman for the British Broadcasting Corp., which broadcast the tape.
February 18, 1999 |
A South African prosecutor said he is considering whether to bring murder charges against police in the 1977 beating death of anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko. South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission rejected amnesty for three officers who interrogated Biko. Another has since died, and a fifth was denied amnesty in December. The officers' prosecution would likely reignite passions about a man who became synonymous with resistance to apartheid.
January 30, 1997 |
Four former security policemen claim that they did not intend to kill anti-apartheid leader Steven Biko when they beat him in an interrogation two decades ago, their lawyer said Wednesday. The four retired officers, plus a fifth who intends to confess, hope to win political amnesty from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission in exchange for full confessions of their roles in one of the country's most infamous abuses under apartheid.
November 30, 1996 |
South Africa's white minority former government approved plans to step up the killing of anti-apartheid demonstrators in a bid to crush black revolt 20 years ago, according to newly released Cabinet minutes. Then-Minister of Justice and Police Jimmy Kruger recommended the policy at a Cabinet meeting in August 1976, the director of the state archive, Marie Olivier, said Friday. The black student riots broke out in Soweto township in June 1976 and rapidly spread to most other parts of the country.