Eleven people were killed in the township of eSikhawini in northern Natal by unknown killers armed with pump action shotguns. The massacre took place a few hours after approximately one thousand residents of the pro-African National Congress (ANC) J1 section marched to the local police station to protest against Kwa-Zulu Police behaviour. The killers, dressed in similar clothing and wearing balaclavas, carried out raids in different parts of the section. The victims included five women and a two year old child. Chief Buthelezi issued a statement claiming that those killed were Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) supporters; however, this was denied by reports from the township.
Read further information about the eSikhawini attacks in the Truth Comission Special Report.
• Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 268.
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