- On 23 January,, two separate assassinations occurred
- Patrick Dakuse was shot by police
- Sifiso Nkabinde was shot by rival politicians who were assisted by police
In a bizarre twist of fate,two political activists were assassinated on the same date (23 January) but several years apart.
In 1989, South African anti-apartheid activist, Patrick Dakuse, was fatally shot by police. The police claimed that Dakuse tried to set off a grenade.
Dukuse had apparently told the police that he would lead them to where he had buried his stash of weapons. He took two officers, Sgt. Etsebeth and Lt. Segal, to an isolated bushy area and started digging at the site where he buried the arms, Briefly.co.za learned.
Afte Dakuse pulled out a small bag, he handed it over to Lt. Segal to examine. Sgt. Etsabeth claims that he noticed Dukuse handling the detonator of the grenade, ready to set it off.
He says he acted defensively and fired two shots at Dakuse.
Dakuse was killed on the scene. Officially, it was found that the police acted in self-defense.
Nevertheless, even though the grenade and consequently, the evidence was taken by an explosive expert in the police, no photos were submitted for the trial..
Strangely enough, on this same day, ten years later, another activist was assassinated.
Sifiso Nkainde was a former Secretary General of the United People’s movement in KwaZulu-Natal.
Shortly after being elected as the party’s provincial leader, he was shot to death outside a shopping center. The story goes that Sifiso was believed to be a local “warlord” working in the area.
The hit was allegedly orchestrated by a rival political party, the African National Congress. Consequently, his death had major knock-off effects, particularly that it led to eleven ANC members being killed in retaliation.
It was later found that the gun used to shoot the activist belonged to police.
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