Andrew Zondo is executed

Tuesday, 9 September 1986
Location: back to this day in history search archive

 

Andrew Sibusiso Zondo was executed after he was found guilty of a bomb attack in a shopping centre in Amanzimtoti where three adults and two children were killed. Zondo was a member of the African National Congress (ANC)'s Butterfly Unit of its armed wing Umkhonto weSizwe (MK).  

On 20 December 1985, the South African security forces carried out a cross border raid in Lesotho that killed nine people. In retaliation for the raid, Zondo and other members of MK placed a bomb in a shopping centre at Amanzimtoti on 23 December 1985. Three adults and two children were killed, and 40 others were injured as a result of the bomb explosion. Zondo was arrested on 29 December 1985 and charged with 5 counts of murder. He was convicted and sentenced to death on each of the five counts and refused leave to appeal. The main state witness in his trial was Mr X (Thembinkosi Mofokeng) who was alleged to be Zondo's accomplice, was granted immunity from prosecution. Zondo was executed on 09 September 1986 at the age of 19.

 

References:

  1. Fatima Meer, (1987), The Trial of Andrew Zondo, A sociological insight, Johannesburg.

  2. J.C Buthelezi, (2002),  Dalibunga Rholihlahla Nelson Mandela An ecological Study, (Canada), p.552

  3. Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau; Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood).

  4. Author, 1986, South Africa, Black, 19, Guilty of Shopping Bombing' [online], available at www.nytimes.com/[accessed: 26 August 2010]

  5. Author, (unknown), 2007, 'DA, IFP take renaming battle to the streets' [online], available at http://www.iol.co.za/ [accessed: 26 August 2010]

  6. Author, (SAPA), 1996, 'Judges should appear before the Truth Commission', [online], available at www.justice.gov.za/  [accessed: 26 August 2010]

  7. Author, (unknown), 2008, ANC votes to rename streets after party activists, [online], available at
    www.timesonline.co.uk/ [accessed: 26 August 2010]

Last updated : 16-Mar-2011

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

Support South African History Online

Dear friends of SAHO

South African History Online (SAHO) needs your support.

SAHO is one of the most visited websites in South Africa with over 6 million unique users a year. Our goal is to fulfill our mandate and continue to build, and make accessible, a new people’s history of South Africa and Africa.

Please help us deliver this by contributing upwards of $1.00 a month for the next 12 months.



Make a donation here and send us a message of support.