List of people who died in detention


Name/Age/Affiliation Date died Place detained/died Official/Alleged Cause
Aggett, Dr Neil Hudson, 28, African Food and Canning Workers Union 1982/2/5 Pretoria Central; Johannesburg John Vorster Square Suicide by hanging
Bani, Nobandla, 56 1987/7/29 Port Elizabeth, North End Cells Natural causes, a stroke
BIKO, Steve Bantu, 31, BC, BPC 1977/9/12 Port Elizabeth, died in Pretoria Brain injury sustained during torture
Botha, George, 30, ANC 1976/12/15 Port Elizabeth, Sanlam Bldg. Suicide - jumped/fell six floors down stairwell
Cele, Edwin, 22, Lamontville Youth Congress 1987/7/9 Durban Shot by police while allegedly trying to pull the pin from a hand grenade
Cutshela/Cuthsela, Mthayeni, APDUSA 1971/1/21 Pondoland. Death occurred at Umtata Hospital, Transkei Natural causes/ brain haemorrhage
Dakuse, Patrick, 36 1989/1/23 Khayelitsha Shot dead by police after he allegedly tried to prime a hand grenade from an arms cache to which he had led the police
Dipale, Ernest Moabi, 21, ANC 1982/7/8/8 Johannesburg, John Vorster Square Suicide by hanging
Gaga, Nengeni / Negeni, 19 1965/5/7 Transkei Natural causes
Haffejee, Dr Hoosen Mia, 26 ANC 1977/8/3 Brighton Beach Police Station, Durban Suicide by hanging
Hamakwayo, James 1966/8 Pretoria Prison Suicide by hanging
Haron, Imam Abdullah, 45, Cape Muslim leader 1969/9/27 Cape Town, Maitland Police Station Natural causes/ heart trouble caused by fall down stairs
Hoye, Pongoloshe 1965/5/8/9 Transkei Natural causes
Jacobs, Xoliso, 20 1986/10/22 Upington Suicide by hanging
Kgoathe, Nicodemus, Bakwena-ba Mokgopa tribesman 1969/2/5 Pretoria, Silverton Police Stat; Death occurred at HF Verwoerd Hospital, Pretoria Bronchial pneumonia, following head injuries sustained after a fall in the shower
Khoza, Aaron, 35 1977/3/26 Krugersdorp, then transferred to Pietermaritzburg where he died Suicide by hanging
Khoza, Amos, 18 1988/12/1 Johannesburg Fell seven storeys from a flat where he was allegedly escorting police to identify the place where he had made contact with an ANC member
Kobe, Andile, 22 1988/3/20 Sandkraal Beaten for at least 30 minutes by police in front of eyewitnesses
Korotsoane, Tatlheho, 28 late 1984/85 Vereeniging Reported to have been in security detention but police denied this/ Undisclosed
Kriel, Ashley, 20, Bontheuvel student activist 1987/7/9 Athlone Police allege that victim was killed during an arrest scuffle, but post-mortem indicated victim was shot in the back at point-blank range
Kutumela, Lucky, 25, Journalist / AZAPO / MWASA 1986/4/5 Mahwelereng, Lebowa Found dead in police cell with more than forty sjambok weals
Lenkoe, James 1969/3/10 Pretoria Suicide by hanging
Mabelane, Matthews, 23, member of Soweto SRC 1977/2/15 Johannesburg, John Vorster Square Fell out of 10th floor window
Mabija, Phakamile Harry, 27, Church warden of the Anglican parish of St James, Kimberley 1977/7/7 Transvaal Road Police Station, Kimberley Suicide-jumped/fell from 6th floor window
Madiba/Maliba, Alpheus 1967/9/9 Namibia Suicide by hanging
Madisha, Donald Thabela, 30 1990/6/1 Potgietersrus Police Station Suicide by hanging
Makaleng, Alfred, 27 1988/8/26 Nylstroom, died Johannesburg Hospital Natural causes, fluid on brain
Malatje, Pares Molefi, (Paris Malatji), 23, SA Youth Revolutionary Council 1983/7/4 / 5 Soweto; Protea Police Headquarters Shot in forehead at point-blank range
Malaza, Bonaventura Sipho, 18 1977/11/7 / 16 Krugersdorp police cells Suicide by hanging
Malele, Elmon, 52 1977/1/20 Johannesburg, died at Princess Nursing Home Natural causes- cerebral haemorrhage after hitting head against desk during interrogation
Malinga, Samuel, 45 1977/2/22 Edendale Hospital Natural causes- Pietermaritzburg, died pulmonary embolism
Mamashila/Mamsila, Ernest, 35 1976/11/18 / 19 Balfour, Natal/Transvaal Suicide by hanging
Mampe, Bellington 1963/9/1 Worcester Undisclosed causes
Mapumolo, Matthews, ANC 1986/12/11 Swaziland Abducted to SA by armed men who had shot and wounded him, he later died
Marule, Simon, 20 1986/12/23 Boksberg/Benoni Hospital Kidney failure Modder B Prison, died
Marume, Ndiko 1987/11/4 Sasolburg Died inside a police van while being transported to Sasolburg police station
Maseko, Samson, 19 1984/11/11 / 19 Katlehong Died of injuries after being in police custody
Mashabane, Zungwane Jacob, 22, Student Univ of Zululand 1976/10/5 Johannesburg Fort Suicide by hanging
Mashego, Johannes 1986/4/19 Parys Police state he collapsed during interrogation, but relatives reported extensive bruising and swollen face upon identifying victim’s body
Mashoke, Benedict, 20 19987/3/26 Burgersfort Police Station Suicide by hanging
Masunyane, Anthony 1984/11/5 / 7 Katlehong Undisclosed
Matalasi, Sifundile, 27 1980/12/10 / 20 Umtata, Transkei Suicide by strangulation
Mayekiso, Caleb 1969/6/1 Port Elizabeth police cells Natural causes not specified
Maszwembe, Luke, 32, Western Province Workers' Advice Bureau & SASO 1976/9/2 Cape Town, Caledon Square Police Station Suicide by hanging
Mbatha, Dumisani, 16, Soweto student 1976/9/25 Johannesburg, Modder B Prison. Death occurred at Far East Rand Hospital Natural causes/ heart related
Mbetheni, Dinana, 21 1989/4/21 Alice Found in cell hanging from an electric wire tied to a bar
Mbotya, Mbuyiselo, 35, KWT Youth League/UDF 1985/9/21 Kingwilliam’s Town Head injuries while in custody
Mdluli, Joseph, 50, ANC 1976/3/19 Durban, Security HQ Injury to neck after application of force or falling against chair
Mgqweto, Manana, 60 Transkei Opposition Democratic Progressive Party 1981/9/17 Engcobo, Transkei Undisclosed
Mndawe, Tembuyise Simon, ANC 1983/ 3 / 5 / 8 Nelspruit Prison Suicide by hanging
Mntonga, Eric, 35, IDASA / SAAWU 1987/7/24 Mdantsane Killed by 6 Ciskei security officers at police cells
Modipane, Soloman, Bakwena-ba Mokgopa tribesman 1969/2/28 Pretoria, Silverton Police Stat. Death occurred at HF Verwoerd Hospital, Pretoria Natural causes after slipping on a piece of soap/ fatal injury
Mogale, Meshack, 16 1985/11/17 Mamelodi East Allegedly kicked and sjambokked by police after arrest at a night vigil for unrest victim
Mogatusi, Fenuel, 22, Soweto student 1976/9/28 Johannesburg Fort Natural causes/ suffocation during epileptic fit
Mogotsi, Joseph, Teacher 1986/12/13 Pretoria Assaulted after police forced his car off the road
Mohapi, Mapetla, 25, former official of SASO & the BPC 1976/7/15 1976/8/5 East London, Kei Road Jail Suicide by hanging
Mokoena, Sonnyboy, 24 1985/8/16 Pilgrim’s Rest Found hanging in his cell
Moleleke, Jacob, 16 1984/9/29 Sebokeng Shot in police van during altercation
Monakgotla, Jacob 1969/9/10 Pretoria Prison Natural causes/ thrombosis
Mosala, Thabo, over 60, chairman of tribal council of Chief Neo Sibi and leader of Sotho minority in Transkei 1976/11/25 / 26 Butterworth Prison, Transkei Natural causes-internal bleeding from ulcer
Mthethwa, Ephraim Thamsanqa, 22 1984/8/25 Durban Central Prison Suicide by hanging
Muggels, Mzwandile, 20, Karoo Youth Congress 1985/7/3 Steytlerville Gunshot wounds sustained during arrest at memorial service
Mutsi, Sipho, 20, COSAS 1985/5/5 Odendaalsrus Head injuries sustained while in custody
Mvulane, Bheki, 18 1985/3/29 Katlehong Brain injuries sustained during torture
Mzizi, Bayempin, 62 1977/8/13 / 15 Brighton Beach Police Station, Durban Suicide by hanging
Mzolo, Edward, 40 1976/10/9 Johannesburg Fort Causes undisclosed
Nchabeleng, Peter, 59, President of Northern Transvaal UDF 1986/4/11 Schoonoord, Lebowa Allegedly tortured by police
Ndondo, Batandwa, 22, SRC, UNITRA 1985/9/24 Cala, Transkei Allegedly shot several times by police on the outskirts of Cala
Ndzandze, Loyiso, 20, KWT Youth League 1985/8/18 / 19 Kingwilliam’s Town Wounds sustained during torture
Ndanga, Lawrence, 52, former sec of SARHWU and Nat Exec Comm member of SACTU 1977/1/8 / 9 Johannesburg Fort Natural causes-heart attack
Ndzumo, Saul, former Minister of the Interior, Transkei 1980/9/9 / 10 Umtata, Transkei Natural causes/heart trouble, diabetes, blood pressure
Ngalo, Johannes, 26 1984/7/15 Parys Found dead in cell due to serious internal injuries
Ngomane, Eric, 22, Student 1986/4/12 KaNgwane Police claim he was shot dead while trying to escape
Ngwenya, Abel, 31 1984/11/22 Daveyton Natural causes-epileptic fit, but pathologist indicated violence
Nobhadula, Mzukisi 1977/12/20 North End Prison, Port Elizabeth Undisclosed-natural causes
Ntshuntsha, Dr Naboath, 43, Soweto naturopath 1977/1/8 / 9 Leslie police cells Suicide by hanging
Nyoka, Caiphus, Student leader 1986/8/23 Daveyton Shot dead by police, execution style, while raiding his fathers home
Olifant, Benji, 25 1986/12/15 Klerksdorp Shot while trying to escape
Phoshoko, Joel, 28, CCAWUSA 1986/4/1 Pretoria Allegedly assaulted by police during interrogation
Raditsela, Andries, 29, COSATU/CWIU 1985/5/6 Tsakane Head injuries sustained while in custody
Ramalepe, Ngwako, President of SRC - Modjadji Teacher Training College 1985/10/18 Kgapane, Lebowa Assaulted by police at station and later dumped along a road
Ruiters, Kevin, 22 1989/12/22 Bellville South Mother found that his face had been badly bashed
Saloojee, Suliman, 28 1964/9/9 Johannesburg Jumped/fell from 7th floor window
Shivute, Michael 1969/6/16 / 17 Ondangwa police cells Suicide
Shonyeka, Hangula 1966/10/9 Pretoria Prison Suicide
Sithole, Clayton Sizwe, 20 1990/1/30 Johannesburg, John Vorster Square Suicide by hanging
Spogter, Johannes, 13 1985/7/5 Steytlerville Head injuries
Stuurman, Mlungise, 18 1986/7/26 Cradock Interrogated and then killed by 2 'unrest unit' members who were later sentenced to death for his murder
Tabalaza, Lungile, 19 1978/7/10 Sanlam Bldg., Port Elizabeth Suicide-jumped/fell from 5th floor window
Timol, Ahmed, 30 1971/10/27 Johannesburg, John Vorster Square Suicide- jumped out of a 10th floor window
Tlhotlomisang, Lucas, 37 1990/3/26 Klerksdorp Police report, meningitis
Tshazibane, Wellington Mlungisi, 30 1976/12/11 Johannesburg, John Vorster Square Suicide by hanging
Tshwane, William, Soweto student 1976 / 6 / 7 / 25 / 26 Johannesburg, Modder B Prison Gunshot wounds sustained while trying to escape / justifiable homocide
Tubakwa/ Tubakwe, JB 1968/9/11 Pretoria Prison Suicide by hanging
Tyitya/ Tyita, James 1964/1/24 Port Elizabeth Suicide by hanging
Unknown youth, 17 1987/2/16 Soweto Allegedly jumped from Casspir in an attempt to escape from custody
An unidentified man died at an undisclosed time of an undisclosed cause at an undisclosed place in late 1968 or early 1969. In answer to a question regarding the number of people who had died in detention, the Minister of Police stated in Parliament on 28 January 1969 that "an unknown man died on an unknown date of a cause unknown."
Yan, Ah, 63 1967/1/5 Pretoria, Silverton Police Station Suicide by hanging
Yun Pin, Leong 1966/11/19 Pretoria, Leeuwkop Prison Suicide by hanging
Zokwe, Sithembele, 36 1988/1/12 Butterworth, Transkei Shot by police