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Medical letter writing action - South Africa: Jeanette Mahongo

, Index number: AFR 53/036/1993

In October 1992 Jeanette Mahongo, a nursing sister and community leader, was killed in a petrol bomb attack on her home in Seymour, Ciskei. According to eyewitnesses Ciskei security police appeared to have been involved in the attack, and in shooting at neighbours who attempted to put out the fires. Initially the authorities failed to conduct any thorough investigation into her death, but at the end of July 1993 an inquest was held. On 3 August the magistrate found a Ciskei security police officer and "other people unknown" to be responsible for her death. It is now a matter for the Ciskei Attorney General to decide whether to press charges against the police officer.

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