Novem­ber 15, 1988

The New Age (Gauteng) - - COMMENT - Www.sahis­tory.org.za

ON THIS day, Barend Stry­dom, 21, killed eight black peo­ple and wounded 16 oth­ers be­fore he was stopped by Si­mon Mukon­doleli, a taxi driver work­ing in Pre­to­ria.

Stry­dom claimed to be the head of a white su­prem­a­cist group called the Wit Wolwe (White Wolves).

Upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion, how­ever, it was found that the or­gan­i­sa­tion did not ex­ist.

He was sen­tenced to 30 years in prison for at­tempted mur­der and given the death penalty for mur­der on May 25, 1989. How­ever, due to the 1990 mora­to­rium on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, Stry­dom es­caped the death penalty and stayed in prison un­til 1992.

He was re­leased as a part of the Na­tional Party and ANC pris­oner ex­change, in which ANC mem­ber Robert McBride was also re­leased. Upon his re­lease, Stry­dom again as­serted that he was fight­ing for the sur­vival of the Afrikan­ers.

In 1994 he was granted amnesty by the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion and re­leased on the grounds that his ac­tions were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. He set­tled in the North West town of Brits. –

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