Bisho Massacre Remembered
By Portia Kobue
On September 7 1992, 80 thousand protesters descended on Bisho, the capital city of the former homeland of Ciskei.
The protestors were demanding that the military regime of Brigadier Oupa Qozo be replaced by an interim administration while negotiations for a democratic South Africa were going on.
Still remember the Bisho massacre? – 7 Sept 1992 pic.twitter.com/Tgsxg12t87
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) September 7, 2015
OUPA QOZO: COURTESY OF THE O’MALLEY ARCHIVES; NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION
The March was led by top ANC officials; the late Steve Tshwete, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the late Chris Hani and Ronnie Kasrils.
On 7th September 1992, Chris Hani, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ronnie Kasrils and Steve Tshwete led a procession of about 80 000…
At the time of the massacre, negotiations for a democratic South Africa had stalled.
The ANC and other former liberation movements had locked heads with the apartheid government led by FW De Klerk.
On the morning of September 7 1992, the 80 thousand marchers tried to enter Bisho from the Transkei.
As they tried to cross the line of Bantu-stan soldiers, they opened fire
Kaya FM breakfast host David O Sullivan witnessed the massacre.
COURTESY OF GREG MARINOVICH
29 people mostly ANC supporters died . They were buried on September 18 , 1992
18 Sep 1992, King William’s Town, South Africa — More than 70,000 peolple gather at King William’s Town, to pay their respects to the victims of the Bisho Massacre, who were shot to death by the Ciskei Defence Force troops on 7 September 1992. — Image by © Selwyn Tait/Sygma/Corbis
Following the Bisho Massacre, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela signed an agreement to continue negotiations.
A memorialfor thodse who died now stands at the site of the massacre.
“Each one of the people who lost their lives at Bisho was a unique human being. The daughter or son of some mother, the father or mother to some child, a person linked to a home, to a community or relatives and friends who had loved, cherished and natured her or him for many years in the hope of a continuing shared future”. Nelson Mandela.
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