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UA 96/94 - South Africa (Bophuthatswana): legal concern / fear of torture: Kgabo Matlala, Betty Phetoe, Mr Mthunsi (first name unknown), all students at the University of Bophuthatswana (UNIBO), and some 10 youths arrested in Itsoseng

, رقم الوثيقة: AFR 53/016/1994

On 8 March 1994 students of the University of Bophuthatswana decided to boycott classes until the authorities agreed to participate in South Africa's elections. At least 40 students were injured when police forced their way onto campus on 9 March. Three students, Kgabo Matlala, Betty Phetoe and Mr Mthunsi, were arrested and their lawyers have since been denied access to them. Some 10 young people were arrested on the night of 8 March by police in Itsoseng. People in the neighbourhood reported hearing their screams from inside the police station and feared the inmates were being tortured. When two human rights lawyers and a journalist tried to gain access to them, they were stopped and threatened by police. By 10 March lawyers had still not been able to gain access, and there is concern for the detainees' safety.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 53/16/94
Distr: UA/SC
UA 96/94 Legal concern/fear of torture 10 March 1994
SOUTH AFRICA (Bophuthatswana)
Kgabo MATLALA
Betty PHETOE (f)
Mr MTHUNSI (first name not known to
Amnesty International)
all students at the University of
Bophuthatswana (UNIBO)
and some 10 youths arrested in Itsoseng
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of people arrested in the
Mafikeng area following three days of heightened public protest against the
continuing refusal of the Bophuthatswana authorities to allow free political
activity in the "homeland" prior to South Africa's April elections.
On 8 March 1994 students of the University of Bophuthatswana decided to boycott
classes until the Bophuthatswana authorities agreed to participate in the
elections. On 9 March at least 40 students were injured when police forced
their way onto the campus through barricades erected by students and dispersed
the students with tear-gas and rubber bullets. Three students, Kgabo Matlala,
Betty Phetoe and a man named Mthunsi were arrested. They were apparently taken
to Mmabatho police station, though there has been no official confirmation
of this. Lawyers acting on their behalf have not, so far, been granted access
to the detainees nor have they been given any information on the reasons or
legal basis for the detentions. Amnesty International has previously received
reports of detainees being assaulted at Mmabatho police station.
Some 10 young people were arrested on the night of 8 March by police in Itsoseng,
to the south-west of Mafikeng. Amnesty International has so far been unable
to obtain the names of those arrested. People in the neighbourhood of the
Itsoseng police station reported hearing the screams of the youths coming from
inside the police station and they feared that the inmates were being tortured.
When two human rights lawyers and a journalist tried to gain access to the
detainees on 9 March, policemen stopped them at the station entrance and cocked
their rifles at them in a threatening manner. By 10 March the lawyers had
still not been able to gain access to the detainees. Amnesty International's
concern for the safety of these detainees is heightened by the fact that the
organization has previously received reports of the torture of detainees at
this police station. For instance, eight young detainees were beaten, kicked,
throttled and burned with cigarettes following their arrest in November 1993.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or in your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Kgabo Matlala, Betty Phetoe, and Mr
Mthunsi, who were arrested at the University of Bophuthatswana campus on 9
March and are believed to be held at Mmabatho police station; and for the safety
of some 10 youths arrested in Itsoseng on 8 March and currently held at Itsoseng
police station;
- seeking assurances that they will not be subjected to threats, assaults or
torture while in the custody of the Bophuthatswana Police and urging that they
be granted immediate access to their lawyers and relatives;
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- calling for all these detainees to be released immediately if they are not
to be charged promptly with a recognizably criminal offence.
- expressing concern that these detentions appear to be part of an ongoing
pattern of human rights violations against Bophuthatswana residents who wish
to participate in South Africa's April elections, and calling on the authorities
to end the current restrictions in force in Bophuthatswana on the universally
recognised rights to freedom of assembly and expression.
APPEALS TO:
1) Mr F W de Klerk
State President
State President's Office
Private Bag X83
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telegrams: President de Klerk, Pretoria, South Africa
Telexes: (321695 SPLIB SA, 321890 PRES SA, - numbers not working 11/93)
Faxes:+ 27 12 323 3982
Salutation: Dear President
2) Mr R F Botha
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telegrams: Foreign Minister, Pretoria, South Africa
Telexes: 0959 350060 EXTERN TTX SA
Faxes: + 27 12 325 8669 or + 27 12 323 0183
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) R P Meyer
Minister of Constitutional Development and Planning
Private Bag X804
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telegrams: Minister Constitutional Development and Planning, Pretoria, South
Africa
Faxes: + 27 12 323 3304 / 3305
Salutation: Dear Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
- Dr D J De Villiers, National Party Chief Representative
- Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC Chief Representative
BOTH AT
Transitional Executive Council,
Saambou Building,
227 Andries Street,
Pretoria 0001
Faxes: +27 12 328 6646
- Lawyers for Human Rights, Mafikeng Regional Office, POB 945, Mafikeng 8670,
South Africa
- The Editor, Sowetan, POB 6663, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa;
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- City Press, POB 3413, Johannesburg, South Africa;
and to diplomatic representatives of South Africa accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 21 April 1994.

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