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Further information on UA 76/92 (AFR 53/05/92, 5 March) - South Africa: extrajudicial execution / fear of extrajudicial execution: Willies Mchunu, Enoch Nzuza, Mike Mabuyakhulu, Samuel Nyawo and new names of six people assassinated: Dumisani Shandu, Victo

, Index number: AFR 53/018/1992

Samuel Nyawo, an ANC member and shop steward of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) was killed by armed men on 26 August 1992. Enoch Nzuza, NUMSA regional organizer and ANC member narrowly escaped death the same day when gunmen shot at him on his way to work. Shortly before Samuel Nyawo's killing, the home of Bheki Ntuli, Northern Natal regional chairman of COSATU and NUMSA shop steward, was attacked by armed men. On the same evening, the six men named above, all ANC members, were killed. These incidents occurred in a month during which 25 other people were killed in or near Esikhawini township. AI is disturbed by allegations suggesting that they were carried out by a hit-squad with links to the KwaZulu police and is calling for a full investigation.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 53/18/92
Distr: UA/SC
28 August 1992
Further information on UA 76/92 (AFR 53/05/92, 5 March 1992) - Extrajudicial Execution/Fear
of Extrajudicial Execution:
Willies MCHUNU - Executive member African National Congress (ANC) Northern
Natal Regional Executive Committee and National Projects Officer,
National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA)
Enoch NZUZA - NUMSA regional organizer and ANC member
Mike MABUYAKHULU -NUMSA Northern Natal Regional Secretary and member of the
Esikhawini ANC monitoring committee
Samuel NYAWO - NUMSA shop Steward and ANC member
and new names of six people assassinated:
Dumisani Shandu
Victor Khumalo
Thembe Shandu
N Mathenjwa
Josiah Nxumalo
Phila Mthiyane
On 26 August 1992, Samuel Nyawo was assassinated by a group of armed men wearing balaclavas.
The attack occurred on the same day on which Enoch Nzuza narrowly escaped assassination
when a group of gunmen armed with automatic weapons and pistols fired on him on his way
to work. Shortly before Samuel Nyawo was killed, the home of Bheki Ntuli, Northern Natal
regional chairman of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and a NUMSA shop
steward, came under attack by a group of men wearing balaclavas and carrying automatic
weapons, shotguns, tear-gas and hand-grenades. The occupants of the house, who included
Enoch Nzuza managed to escape from the house, which was severely damaged. On the same evening,
in Esikhawini township, six other ANC members named above, were assassinated. It is not
clear to Amnesty International if these killings occurred in a single incident or separately.
These assassinations took place during a month in which 25 other people have been assassinated
in Esikhawini township or in the vicinity, including 11 people killed in a single incident
on 2 August 1992. According to human rights monitors, the killings follow a pattern and
apparently involve a hit-squad with possible links to the KwaZulu Police. Gun cartridge
cases identical to those issued to the KwaZulu Police have been found on the scenes of
these killings. The KwaZulu Police, in this Northern Natal area and in other parts of the
province of Natal, have been repeatedly linked to incidents of violence carried out by
supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) against members of the ANC and allied
organizations. Human rights monitors, members of the parliamentary opposition Democratic
Party and others have repeatedly appealed during August 1992 to Government and Police
Authorities to order fully independent investigations into these killings and into the
conduct of the KwaZulu police. No independent investigations are known to have been ordered
and no steps have been taken against the KwaZulu Police linked directly or indirectly to
these attacks.
Fears of further killings have been heightened by reports that the IFP intends to bring
supporters by bus into the area on 30 August, apparently with the intention of forcing
out remaining ANC supporters. Human rights organizations have appealed to the authorities
to ensure that adequate policing by members of the South African Police and the South Africa
Defence Force is provided to prevent any further deaths.
page 2 of FU 53/18/92
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters
- expressing concern at the killings of Samuel Nyawo and six others as named above, in
Esikhawini township on the night of 26 August 1992;
- expressing concern that these and other attacks were carried out by heavily armed men,
apparently using weaponry normally issued to members of the KwaZulu Police;
- urging the authorities to order a fully-independent investigation into these murders
and attacks and into the conduct of the KwaZulu Police based in the area;
- urging the authorities to take all necessary steps to protect members of the Esikhawini
area who are likely to be victims of violent attacks or victims of extrajudicial executions,
through measures including disarming groups carrying dangerous weapons in public.
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, 322158 PRES SA
Faxes: + 27 12 323 3982
Salutation: Dear President
2. MR H J Kriel
Minister of Law and Order
Private Bag X463
Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Telegrams: Minister Law/Order,
Pretoria, South Africa
Telexes: 321353 HABS SA (via Ministry
of Home Affairs
Faxes: + 27 12 322 2559
Salutation: Dear Minister
3. Brigadier J Buchner
Commissioner of Police, KwaZulu
Department of Police
Private Bag X14
Ulundi 3838
South Africa
Telegrams: Police Commissioner Buchner,
Ulundi, South Africa
Salutation: Dear Commissioner
4. Major-General C Steyn
Regional Commission of Police, Natal
PO Box 391
Durban 4000
South Africa
Telegrams: Natal Regional Police
Commissioner, Durban, South
Salutation: Dear Commissioner
Colonel Lourens
Police Liaison Officer
Police Headquarters
PO Box 391
Durban 4000
South Africa
Colonel Strydom
Station Commander
Empangeni Police Station
Empangeni 3880
South Africa
Colonel Mzimela
Station Commander
Esikhawini Police Station
Near Esikhawini 3880
South Africa
and also to one or more of the following:
- The Editor, Natal Mercury, PO Box 950, Durban 4000, South Africa
- Human Rights Commission, Natal Office, 20 St Andrews Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
- Joint Working Committee, Natal Region, PO Box 10026, Marine Parade, Durban 4056, South
- Mr Roy Ainslie, Democratic Party, Natal Coastal Region, PO Box 37034, Overport, Durban
4067, South Africa
as well as 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 9 October 1992.

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