November 15, 1988
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. –