Upington 14 are sentenced

Friday, 26 May 1989

Justice J. Basson handed down death sentences on fourteen Blacks (Upington 14) for the murder of Lucas Tshenolo Sethwala, a Black police constable who fired at demonstrators attacking his home with stones on 13 November 1985. The rest of the twenty-five accused, the largest group ever to be convicted of murder in a single SA trial, received sentences ranging from six to eight years imprisonment and another six defendants were sentenced to community service.


  1. South African Institute of Race Relations. (1989). Race Relations Survey 1988/89, Johannesburg:
  2. South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 576.