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Further information on UA 221/91 (AFR 53/23/91, 28 June and follow-ups AFR 53/24/91, 4 July, AFR 53/25/91, 10 July) - South Africa: hunger-strike: hunger-strikers from Rooigrond Prison (Bophuthatswana), including: Lawrence Mahila, Johannes Simelane, Zacha

, رقم الوثيقة: AFR 53/026/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 53/26/91
Distr: UA/SC
18 July 1991
Further information on UA 221/91 (AFR 53/23/91, 28 June 1991, and follow-ups;
AFR 53/24/91, 4 July 1991; AFR 53/25/91, 10 July 1991) - Hunger-strike
SOUTH AFRICA: Hunger-strikers from Rooigrond Prison
(Bophuhatswana), including the following:
Lawrence MAHILA, aged 44 Frans MOKOMANE, aged 29
Johannes SIMELANE, aged 30 Johannes MOLEFE, aged 30
Zachariah SEABI, aged 28
Amnesty International has received reports that nearly all of the political
prisoners on hunger-strike in Bophuthatswana have suspended their
hunger-strikes as of 17 July 1991. Reports are unclear, but either one, two,
or three prisoners remain on hunger-strike.
The prisoners at Odi Hospital in Bophuthatswana suspended their
hunger-strike on Sunday, 14 July 1991, after a midnight visit from Nelson Mandela
and South Africa's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs who assured them that
their release from political imprisonment was imminent. However, on 15 July
1991, General Delport, Commissioner of Prisons in Bophuthatswana, stated,
"Reports that the Odi Hospital hunger-strikers are to be released soon are
false. These prisoners will serve their full sentences."
The prisoners at Victoria Hospital suspended their hunger-strike on 17
July 1991, only after they were urged to do so by the prisoners at Odi Hospital.
Most of the prisoners at Bophelong Hospital also suspended their hunger-strike
on 17 July 1991, following the same request. Despite these suspensions, it
appears that one to three prisoners may still be on hunger-strike at Bophelong
Hospital.
Amnesty International is concerned that the prisoners may not receive
proper medical care now that they have suspended their hunger-strike.
According to the protocol for the treatment of hunger-strikers agreed to between
the South African government, medical and human rights organizations and the
ANC, it is necessary for former hunger-strikers, especially after a prolonged
hunger-strike, to remain in hospital and receive a particular diet and any
care they may need. Past experience has shown that prison authorities have
not implemented the recommended diets and have returned ex-hunger-strikers
precipitously to prison. Furthermore, it appears that the prisoners when on
hunger-strike have not been allowed access to independent medical doctors.
It is very important for the prisoners remaining on hunger-strike, as well
as for those who have suspended their hunger-strike but who are in a fragile
condition, to receive independent medical treatment. Amnesty International
is concerned that they receive all the proper medical care required to
rehabilitate them completely.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters:
- urging that all prisoners still on hunger-strike and those who have suspended
their hunger-strike be granted full access to a medical doctor of their choice
and to the treatment prescribed by the doctor, both during and after their
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hunger-strike;
- urging that all prisoners on hunger-strike or who have recently suspended
hunger-strike be allowed regular access to their families and lawyers;
- urging that the South African government speedily complete its review of
the cases of all political prisoners, including those in the "homelands", in
order to prevent further suffering to the prisoners and their families.
page 2 of FU 221/91...
APPEALS TO:
Chief L. M. Mangope
President
Government Offices
Mmabatho
Bophuthatswana, South Africa
Telegrams: President Mangope
Boputhatswana, South Africa
Telexes: (+937) 3008 BOP
Faxes: + 27 140 842626
Mr S G Mothibe
Minister of Justice
Department of Justice
Private Bag X2033
Mmabatho 8681
Bophuthatswana, South Africa
Telegrams: Justice Minister
Bophuthatswana, South Africa
Mr F W De Klerk Dear President
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,
322158 PRES SA
Faxes: +27 12 323 3982
Mr R F Botha Dear Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Telegrams: Foreign Minister, Pretoria, S. Africa
Telexes: 350060 EXTERN TTX SA
Faxes: +27 12 323 1664
COPIES TO one or more of the following:
- The Editor,The Star,PO Box 1014,Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
- The Editor,New Nation,PO Box 10674, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
- Human Rights Commission,PO Box 32723, Braamfontein 2017, South Africa
- Mafikeng Anti-Repression Forum (MAREF), PO Box 158 Ratshidi 8681, South
Africa
- African National Congress, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Dept, PO Box
61884 Marshalltown 2307, Johannesburg, South Africa
- National Medical and Dental Association (NAMDA), PO Box 17160, Congella
4013, South Africa
- Medical Association of South Africa (MASA), PO Box 20272, Alkantrant,
Pretoria 0005, South Africa
and to diplomatic representatives of South Africa in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat or
your section office if sending appeals after 29 August 1991.

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