- Barend "White Wolf" Strydom went on a shooting spree in Pretoria on 15 November, 1988
- He claimed the lives of 8 black people and wounded 16 others
- He was sentenced to death, but was released 4 years later as part of the negotiation process
On 15 November, 1988, a 23-year-old man stunned South Africa when he went on a killing spree of black people in Pretoria.
Barend "White Wolf" Strydom shot dead eight people and seriously wounded 16 others, all of them blacks. The incident happened at Strijdom Square, now Lilian Ngoyi Square.
Barend was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to death. The government however introduced a moratorium on the death penalty in 1990, Briefly.co.za gathered.
In 1992, Barend was among prisoners released as part of the negotiation process between the African National Congress (ANC) and the National Party (NP).
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) granted him amnesty during the post-1994 reconciliation process. He is now 53 years old.
Bradley Hawk Steyn, who attempted to stop Barend during the spree, told City Press that he asked Barend why he was shooting black people.
Barend reportedly responded, “I’m doing this for the future of white South Africa.”
Before committing his heinous crime, Barend had been a policeman. He was born on 15 July, 1965 in KwaZulu-Natal.
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