Un­solved SA po­lit­i­cal mur­ders

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Rick Turner: Jan­uary 8 1978

The Durban aca­demic and ac­tivist was shot through the win­dow of his home and died in the arms of his 13-year-old daugh­ter, Jann. In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the po­lice and the TRC failed to find his mur­der­ers, al­though it is sus­pected that BOSS agents were re­spon­si­ble.

Dul­cie Septem­ber: March 29 1988 Septem­ber, an anti-apartheid ac­tivist, was shot five times in the face out­side the ANC of­fices in Paris. While there was spec­u­la­tion that Septem­ber may have been as­sas­si­nated by agents of the apartheid state in col­lab­o­ra­tion with mem­bers of the French in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, this has never been of­fi­cially con­firmed and her mur­der re­mains un­solved.

An­ton Lubowski: Septem­ber 12 1989

Namib­ian hu­man rights ad­vo­cate and an­ti­a­partheid ac­tivist Lubowski was killed by shots from an AK-47 out­side his house in Windhoek. While an in­quest into his death and the TRC both found ev­i­dence that his death was car­ried out by mem­bers of the apartheid hit squad known as the Civil Co-Op­er­a­tion Bureau, there is still spec­u­la­tion as to who pulled the trigger.

Pro­fes­sor Jo­han Heyns: Novem­ber 5 1994 An out­spo­ken NG Kerk leader and critic of apartheid, Heyns was killed by a ri­fle shot fired through the win­dow of his home in Waterk­loof, Pretoria, while play­ing cards with his wife and three grand­chil­dren. It has long been sus­pected that he was killed by white ex­trem­ists, but to date no one has been charged with his mur­der.

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