It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras. In a recent ruling, the amnesty committee contradicted the TRC's October report on a vital issue -police culpability for the massacre of 45 people at Boipatong in the Vaal Triangle in June The TRC report, however, found that 'KwaMadala residents, with the police, planned and carried out' the killings. The TRC's finding that the police were guilty of multiple murder at Boipatong has thus been overturned by the amnesty committee. The massacre was widely portrayed as proving the ANC's claim that the then government was using the police and army to wage a covert war against it.
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The Boipatong massacre took place on the night of 17 June in the township of Boipatong , South Africa. Shortly after the massacre, it was claimed by members of the African National Congress that the South African police force in cooperation with the IFP had organised the raid, and the ANC consequently stepped out of the negotiations.
A criminal trial held in , which included testimony of Boipatong residents, convicted IFP supporters of crimes in the massacre, but ruled that the police had played no part in it. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC concluded in that the police were in fact involved in the raid, but the TRC's Amnesty Committee found in that the police were not involved after all.
In an interview with journalist Rian Malan in October , Sergeant Gerhardus "Pedro" Peens, who claimed not to have been in Boipatong at the time of the massacre, admitted to being in Boipatong investigating a murder, driving a Casspir , but claimed that he had left prior to the massacre. Peens had previously denied having been at Boipatong in a Casspir at all.
Peens' statement was later considered by the TRC in their investigations. The Goldstone Commission appointed Peter Waddington to make an independent enquiry. It stated that there was no evidence of police collusion in the killings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 8 January Archived from the original on 29 June Retrieved 29 June The Star. Archived from the original on 28 September Retrieved 16 June Mail and Guardian.
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Boipatong Vanderbijlpark is a township , Gauteng , South Africa. It was established in to house black residents who worked in Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging. Boipatong means "the place of hiding" in the Sesotho language. Boipatong's expansion is in tandem with the growth of Afrikaner Nationalism and the South African discrimination policy called apartheid. Boipatong along with other surrounding townships was a pool of cheap labour for the steel industry, ISCOR. ISCOR was built mainly as part of job creation and poverty eradication for the white working class.
In response to the massacre the ANC withdrew from the negotiations, blaming the NP government for the attack. The Boipatong massacre is one of the bloodiest and brutal moments of popular violence that engulfed South Africa in the decade between and Beginning in nearby Sebokeng and Sharpeville Townships, popular violence spread across South Africa, passing Boipatong by. Ramaphosa accused De Klerk and the police of complicity in the massacre.