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Date: 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.

References:

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