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Further information on UA 372/94 (AFR 53/33/94, 10 October) - South Africa: fear of extrajudicial execution: Prince Sifiso Zulu

, Index number: AFR 53/039/1994

AI remains concerned for the safety of Prince Sifiso Zulu and other members of the Zulu Royal House, in view of threats made against them and of the continuing political tensions in KwaZulu-Natal. On 11 December 1994, threats were made against Prince Sifiso Zulu and another member of the Royal House during an Inkatha Freedom Party rally. On 24 November, a former ANC Umkhonto we Sizwe guerrilla, Pat Hlongwane, who now has strong right-wing and security force connections, issued a statement implicitly calling for the death of Prince Sifiso Zulu. Members of the Royal House have reportedly also received threats by telephone.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 53/39/94
Distr: UA/SC
15 December 1994
Further information on UA 372/94 (AFR 53/33/94, 10 October 1994) - Fear of
Extrajudicial Execution
South Africa:Prince Sifiso Zulu, member of the Zulu Royal House, and other
members of the Zulu Royal House, KwaZulu-Natal Province
There are continuing fears for the safety of Prince Sifiso Zulu, in view of
further recent death threats made against him, threats made against other
members of the Zulu Royal House, and the continuing political tensions in
KwaZulu-Natal province. These tensions include continuing conflict over the
roles of the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
President and national Home Affairs Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi in provincial
politics.
On 11 December 1994 threats against Prince Sifiso Zulu and another member of
the Royal House were made during a rally held by IFP supporters in the Vryheid
area of northern KwaZulu-Natal. Speakers at the rally reportedly issued an
ultimatum that Prince Sifiso Zulu and another member of the Royal House, Prince
Mcwayizeni Zulu, should immediately stop involving themselves in Royal House
matters. The demands made by the speakers were uttered with threatening
overtones.
On 24 November, Pat Hlongwane, a former African National Congress (ANC) Umkhonto
we Sizwe (`Spear of the Nation'/MK) guerrilla with strong rightwing and security
force connections, issued a statement in which he attacked Prince Sifiso Zulu
and implicity called for his death. In the statement he accused the prince
of being responsible for the murder of an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) official.
He called on all ANC dissidents, their "military allies", and "far rightists
within the police force and army", to assist in "removing Sifiso Zulu from
society".
According to press reports, Pat Hlongwane is currently operating from Ulundi,
the former KwaZulu-Natal "homeland" capital, and is recruiting other MK
dissidents with the intention of carrying out attacks on ANC supporters in
the province. Amnesty International has also received a report that Pat
Hlongwane has stored firearms in the Nkandla area where Prince Sifiso Zulu's
family lives, arousing fears that these weapons may be used against the family
or Sifiso Zulu should he return to the area.
Prince Sifiso Zulu is still being provided with protection by members of the
South African Police Service (SAPS) VIP Protection Unit. However in late
November, a white rightwing activist in Durban revealed to the news media the
whereabouts of Prince Sifiso Zulu and publicly condemned the provision of police
protection for him. The subsequent newspaper reports included the full details
of the location of the prince's "safehouse".
Amnesty International has received additional reports that other members of
the Zulu Royal House have received telephonic death threats recently. Also,
on 1 December 1994 Prince Zeblon Zulu survived an attempted ambush on his vehicle
by men travelling in two vehicles and armed with R1 rifles. In September he
had reported the presence of men near his home apparently keeping it under
surveillance.
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At the same time there appears to have been no progress in the police
investigations into the alleged threats against Prince Sifiso Zulu made by
members of the KwaZulu Police when they came to his family's home in Nkandla
last June. In addition the Attorney General has postponed deciding on possible
prosecutions on the various charges laid by Prince Sifiso Zulu against the
IFP President and his aides. The charges arise from the incident in the Durban
studios of the South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) on 25 September
1994. The Attorney General is, however, continuing with the prosecution of
Sifiso Zulu on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
His trial on this charge will commence in February 1995.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters
- expressing concern at the continuing threats made against the life of Prince
Sifiso Zulu, and other members of the Zulu Royal House, including Prince Zeblon
Zulu who survived an attempted ambush by armed men on 1 December 1994;
- urging that appropriate measures for their security should continue to be
provided;
- urging that the death threats and other violations should be fully
investigated, and that those found to be responsible should promptly be brought
to justice.
APPEALS TO:
President Nelson Mandela
Office of the President
Private Bag X83
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telegrams: President Mandela, Pretoria, South Africa
Fax: +27 12 326 2719
Salutation: Dear President
Mr FS Mufamadi
Minister of Safety and Security
Private Bag X463
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Telegrams: Safety/Security Minister, Pretoria, South Africa
Faxes: +27 12 320 5065
Telegrams: Safety/Security Minister, Pretoria, South Africa
Salutation: Dear Minister
Dr F Mdlalose
Premier of KwaZulu/Natal Province
Private Bag X23
Ulundi 3838
Telegrams: KwaZulu/Natal Premier, Ulundi, South Africa
Faxes: +27 358 202 470
Salutation: Dear Premier
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
- Lt-Gen W H Steyn, KwaZulu/Natal Regional Police Commissioner, PO Box 391,
Durban 4000, South Africa
- The District Commissioner, KwaZulu Police, Nongoma, 3950, South Africa
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- Natal Monitor, c/o CSDS University of Natal, King George V Ave, Durban 4001,
South Africa
- Khanyisani Development Forum (Development/Human Rights NGO), PO Box 983,
Ladysmith 3370, 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 26 January 1995.

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