A car bomb explodes at Ellis Park Rugby Stadium


Ellis Park stadium 2010

Saturday, 2 July 1988

On 2 July 1988, Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonated a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. The detonation occurred directly after a Free State - Transvaal rugby game. Two spectators were killed in the blast with thirty seven others injured.

The deceased were Clive Clucas and Linus Marais.  At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Dumakude, who applied for amnesty for this attack, testified that he assumed the two civilians who perished in the blast were security guards at the stadium. Dumakude, also testified that the act was intended to send a message to the White community regarding the futility of Apartheid as a system. Ellis Park was chosen as a target as it was in a predominantly White area.


Last updated : 06-Jun-2011

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

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