Magoo's Bar is bombed

Robert McbrideRobert Mcbride

Date: 14 June, 1986

Three people died and sixty-nine are injured in a bomb explosion in Magoo's Bar on the Durban beach. An ANC's arm wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) cell, led by Robert McBride, planted a bomb in a car outside the popular "Why Not Magoo's Bar", with the believe that the place was frequented by security branch police. There was a campaign at that time by MK members to attack police stations and places frequented by police. McBride was caught and convicted, and later granted both a reprieve from death row, and amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Click here to read Robert McBride's chronology

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Click here to read more on McBride's life story

Click here to read TRC Subpoena on Robert McBride for Magoo Bombing

Further Links - Magoo's Bar bombing - Victims of Magoo meet McBride


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