This day in history: At least 45 people killed in Boipatong massacre

This day in history: At least 45 people killed in Boipatong massacre

Monday, 17 June marks the 27th anniversary of the horrifying and heartbreaking massacre in the township of Boipatong.

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Exactly 27 years ago, on 17 June, 1992, scores of people were killed what has since been dubbed the Boipatong massacre.

Briefly.co.za learned at least 45 people, including women and children, were killed in the massacre and many more were left injured.

According to South African History Online, armed men butchered and assaulted the township's residents during the night.

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It was believed the massacre was politically-motivated and carried out by the Third Force - a group formed by the police force and government working with members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

According to reports, the attack aimed to destabilise the country and disrupt the negotiations between the ANC and the ruling government at the time - which is exactly what happened.

Following the horrific massacre, the ANC withdrew from the Congress for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and suspended its participation in the negotiations.

South Africans took to social media on Monday to remember those who had fallen during the massacre.

Twitter user @populistmorons commented: "I was in the field. Remember as if it was yesterday. For those who have no idea what happened here, this was a combined Nationalist Party/IFP operation with an intent to limit ANC negotiating power etc. A combined Zulu/Afrikaner power op."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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