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South Africa (Bophuthatswana): Further information on fear of extrajudicial execution: Solomon (Solly) Bokaba

, رقم الوثيقة: AFR 53/030/1993

Solly Bokaba is still being targeted for harassment by the Bophuthatswana Police, as the President of the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Bophuthatswana (UNIBO). On 22 July he was arrested with seven other UNIBO students. In an intentionally rough journey in the back of the police van injuries which he had received during an earlier assault by police officers on 7 May were made worse. He was then held in solitary confinement at Temba Police Station and forced to sit on the cold stone floor during interrogations causing him added pain. All eight students were released on 26 July and charged under the Bophuthatswana Internal Security Act, apparently for their student activities.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 53/30/93
Distr: UA/SC
30 July 1993
Further information on UA 170/93 (AFR 53/20/93, 25 May 1993) - Fear of Extrajudicial
Execution
SOUTH AFRICA (Bophuthatswana): Solomon (Solly) BOKABA, age 27, President of the
Students Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Bophuthatswana
(UNIBO)
Amnesty International continues to be concerned for the safety of Solly Bokaba, who
is still being targeted for harassment by the Bophuthatswana Police apparently because
of his leadership position among UNIBO students.
On 22 July 1993 Bophuthatswana Police arrested eight UNIBO students as they were
walking near Temba in Bophuthatswana. The police reportedly asked, "Who is Solly
Bokaba?". He identified himself and he and the others were put in the back of a police
van. The police then drove at high speed, intentionally braking suddenly so that
the students were thrown around in the back of the van. This aggravated injuries
which Solly Bokaba had sustained to his spine during an assault by police officers
on 7 May, and from which he has not yet recovered.
Police held Solly Bokaba in solitary confinement at Temba Police Station and forced
him to sit on the cold stone floor during interrogations, causing him added pain.
Police threatened him and said that "[the assault in] May was a picnic". All eight
students were released from custody on 26 July and charged under the Bophuthatswana
Internal Security Act, apparently for their student activities. However, Amnesty
International believes Solly Bokaba was a prisoner of conscience and called for his
immediate and unconditional release.
This most recent detention of Solly Bokaba follows a pattern of harassment by police
over the last two years. On 25 April he was arrested with four other student activists.
They were held until 30 April by Bophuthatswana Police and then released without
charge. During this time in custody Solly Bokaba was assaulted by police officers
and twice threatened that his "days are numbered". On 7 May Solly Bokaba was treated
in hospital for baton and rubber bullet wounds he received during the brutal assault
by police officers mentioned above. No steps have yet been taken by the Bophuthatswana
authorities to suspend the police officers involved in these incidents or to prosecute
those responsible. Amnesty International is concerned that Solly Bokaba will continue
to be the target of such harassment by police and fears that his life is at risk.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Solomon (Solly) Bokaba in view of the fact
that he was again detained by police on 22 July 1993 and that he continues to be
targeted for harassment by the Bophuthatswana Police;
- expressing concern that while in custody Solomon (Solly) Bokaba suffered
ill-treatment, despite the fact that he has not yet physically recovered from the
assault by police officers on 7 May;
- urging that the police officers suspected of involvement in the 7 May assault on
Solomon (Solly) Bokaba, his 25-30 April detention and/or his detention and
ill-treatment on 22-26 July, are immediately suspended from duty pending impartial
investigations into their conduct, and urging that those found to be responsible
be brought to justice;
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- seeking assurances that Solomon (Solly) Bokaba will not be subjected to further
threats, ill-treatment or harassment by the Bophuthatswana Police.
APPEALS TO:
1) Mr F W de Klerk Salutation: Dear State President
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
Faxes: + 27 12 323 3982
2) Chief L M Mangope Salutation: Dear President Mangope
President
Government Offices
Mmabatho
Bophuthatswana, South Africa
Telegrams: President Mangope, Mmabatho, Bophuthatswana, South Africa
Telexes: 937 3008 BOP
Faxes: + 27 140 842626
3) Colonel J Mokubyane Salutation: Dear Commissioner
Divisional Commissioner of Police
Private Bag X1003
GaRankuwa 0208
Bophuthatswana, South Africa
Telegrams: Divisional Commissioner of Police, GaRankuwa, Bophuthatswana, South
Africa
4) Major-General P J Seleke Salutation: Dear Commissioner
Commissioner of Police
Private Bag X2006
Mmabatho 8681
South Africa
Telegrams: Police Commissioner, Mmabatho, Bophuthatswana, South Africa
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Mr Rowan Cronje
Minister of Defence
Department of Defence
Private Bag X2003
Mmabatho 8681
South Africa
- Sowetan, PO Box 6663, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
- City Press, PO Box 3413, Johannesburg, South Africa
- The Mail, Mafikeng 8670, Bophuthatswana, South Africa
- Mafikeng Anti-Repression Forum, PO Box 158, Ratshidi 8681, South Africa
- Lawyers for Human Rights, Mafikeng Regional Office, PO Box 945, Mafikeng, South
Africa
and to diplomatic representatives of South Africa (Bophuthatswana) accredited to
your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your
section office, if sending appeals after 10 September 1993.

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