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Further information on UA 328/92 (AFR 53/22/92, 22 October) - South Africa: fear of extrajudicial execution: Siza Rani

, Index number: AFR 53/029/1992

Siza Rani, chairperson of the Sharpeville town branch of the ANC, is still being harassed and kept under surveillance by members of the South African Police based in the Vaal Triangle and by unidentified men apparently operating with the acquiescence of the police. He is still in hiding. No progress appears to have been made in the investigations into charges made by Siza Rani against the police almost a year ago.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 53/29/92
Distr: UA/SC
11 December 1992
Further information on UA 328/92 (AFR 53/22/92, 22 October 1992) - Fear of
Extrajudicial Execution
South Africa:Siza RANI, chairperson African National Congress (ANC)
Sharpeville township branch
Amnesty International remains concerned for the safety of Siza Rani, who has
continued to be the target of harassment and surveillance by members of the
South African Police based in the Vaal Triangle area south of Johannesburg
and by unidentified men apparently operating with the acquiescence of the
police. Siza Rani has been forced to remain in hiding out of fear for his life.
There appears still to have been no progress in the investigations into the
charges Siza Rani laid against the police nearly a year ago.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or Afrikaans or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Siza Rani whose home in Sharpeville
township has been raided and ransacked by the police in December 1991 and October
1992, as well as being the target of a hand-grenade attack in January 1992,
and urging the authorities to take steps, in accordance with Siza Rani's wishes,
to safeguard him against further harassment and attack;
- expressing concern about the lack of progress in the investigations into
the charges laid against the police by Siza Rani at Sharpeville police station
in December 1991;
- expressing concern about the conduct of the police involved in these raids
on Siza Rani's home, including the reported assault of Siza Rani's neighbour
questioned by the police regarding his whereabouts, and urging the authorities
to order a halt to the searches of Siza Rani's residence if these are not part
of a bona fide criminal investigation;
- urging the authorities to implement promptly an independent investigation
into the conduct of the police involved in these raids and assaults, to suspend
them from duties pending the outcome of the investigation and to bring to justice
those found to have committed human rights abuses.
APPEALS TO:
1) Mr F W De Klerk
State President
State President's Office
Private Bag X83
Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Telegrams: State President de Klerk, Pretoria, South Africa
Telexes: 321695 SPLIB SA,
321890 PRES SA,
322158 PRES SA
Faxes: + 27 12 323 3982
Salutation: Dear State President
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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: 321353/321358 HABS SA (via Ministry of Home Affairs)
Faxes: + 27 12 322 2559
Salutation: Dear Minister
3) Maj-Gen S J J Smit
Head of Crime Combatting and Investigation Unit
South African Police
Police Headquarters
Private Bag X94
Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Telegrams: Head Crime Combatting/Investigation, Police Headquarters,
Pretoria, South Africa
Telexes: 3-20772 SAPQM SA;
3-20838 SAPOB SA
Faxes: + 27 12 323 2033;
+ 27 12 326 5162
Salutation: Dear Major-General
4) Lt-Gen J F Calitz
Regional Commissioner, Witwatersrand
Private Bag X5
Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
Telegrams: Witwatersrand Regional Police Commissioner, Johannesburg, South
Africa
Salutation: Dear Lieutenant-General
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Newspapers:
- The Star, PO Box 1014, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
- The New Nation, PO Box 10674, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
- The Sowetan, PO Box 6663, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
- City Press, PO Box 34313, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
and Human rights organizations:
- The Independent Board of Inquiry, PO Box 32293, Braamfontein,
Johannesburg 2017, South Africa
- Peace Action, PO Box 45096, Mayfair Johannesburg 2108, 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 22 January 1993.

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