Mandela terrorist Church Street bomb Pretoria Hesigned Off

Nelson Mandela – The Bombing Record


‘Brothers and Sisters, Learn from Mandela’ In his book  Long  Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela wrote that as a leading member of the ANC’s  executive committee, he had “personally signed off” in approving these acts of  terrorism, the pictures and details of which follow below. This is the horror  which Mandela had “signed off” for while he was in prison – convicted for other  acts of terrorism after the Rivonia trial. The late SA president P.W. Botha told  Mandela in 1985 that he could be a free man as long as he did just one thing:  ‘publicly renounce violence’. Mandela refused. That is why Mandela remained in  prison until the appeaser Pres F W de Klerk freed him unconditionally. The  bottom line? Nelson Mandela never publicly renounced the use of violence to  further the ‘cause of freedom’.

When Mandela was arrested on his Rivonia farm  hideout near Johannesburg, the following munitions and bomb-making equipment  were confiscated with him and his comrades.

(Read his ‘Rivonia trial’  transcripts for all  the details, starting with his heroic opening statement: “I am prepared to die…’ – clearly  he didn’t care whether all those innocent civilians whose tortured and mutilated  bodies can be seen below, died either)

  • 210,000 hand grenades
  • 48,000 anti-personnel mines
  • 1,500 time devices
  • 144 tons of ammonium nitrate
  • 21,6 tons of aluminium powder
  • 1 ton of black powder

For the testimony submitted to the Truth and  Reconciliation Commission by these terrorists themselves about the war they  waged against the peoples of South Africa, view the TRC website – but also note that Nelson Mandela has never  personally had to testify about his role in approving of these atrocities:

21,000 surviving victims of these atrocities testified; 849 people received  amnesty; 5,392 people were refused amnesty: Archbishop Desmond Tutu ‘s Truth and  Reconciliation Commission – which was set up to ‘wash away all the sins’ and  ‘start with a clean slate’ (*under the new government after 1994),  took the  testimony of approximately 21,000 victims; and 2,000 of these survivors appeared  at public hearings. The commission received 7,112 amnesty applications. Amnesty  was granted in 849 cases and refused in 5,392 cases, while other applications  were withdrawn. The work of the Amnesty Committee is available for review on the TRC’s home  page:

20 May 1983 – Church Street bomb, Pretoria killed: 19 people – 17 men, two women  (8 blacks, 9 whites)

Mandela terrorist Church Street bomb Pretoria Hesigned Off

Mandela terrorist Church Street bomb Pretoria he signed off

Kerkstraat Bom

The police investigation of the bomb explosion in Church Street West,  PRETORIA, on the 20th of May 1983 at 16:28, brought the following facts to  light:

  • The bodywork of the vehicle in which the bomb had exploded, had totally  disintegrated. The engine number had been scoured off. By means of the chassis  number found amongst the rubble, the vehicle could be identified as a  cream-coloured 1982 model Colt Galant. It had been stolen on the 19th of June  1982 from the premises of Mr V.A. Sabattier at number 5, Sixth Avenue, Edenvale.  Amongst the rubble a piece of the vehicle’s number plate was also discovered.  The registration number started with “SD”.

As a result of the explosion, 19 people died – 17 men (8 black, 9  white) and 2 women.

  • Considerable damage occurred to buildings and vehicles in Church Street West  between Bosman and Schubart Streets. The damage amounted to approximately R4 000  000 in the terms of 1983.
  • Evidence was obtained that a cream-coloured Colt Galant with a “SD”  registration number had been brought to the home of Bakayi Ezekiel Maseko at  Block J 2824, Mamelodi on 20 May 1983 at about 11:00 by a certain Freddi Butana  Shongwe of Block B388, Mamelodi. Shongwe asked a certain Jerry Shabangu whether  the origin of a vehicle could still be ascertained after the engine number had  been removed. He showed the cream-coloured Colt Galant to Shabangu where it had  been hidden behind Maseko’s home. Shongwe mentioned to Shabangu that the vehicle  would be used for a “great undertaking”, without saying what this “undertaking”  would entail. Maseko’s wife, Anna, saw Maseko and Shongwe removing the engine  number with an electrical sander.
  • At about 15:50, Shongwe hurriedly left in the Colt Galant, with Maseko  following him with the latter’s Kombi. They were in such a rush that they left  the electrical sander outside the home where they had been working with it.
  • From the 20th of May 1983, Shongwe and Maseko did not return home, and their  families started looking for them.
  • On the 28th of May 1983, Maseko’s Kombi was found behind the Poyntons  Building in Schubart Street, Pretoria. The vehicle was not locked. Inside the  vehicle, a jacket of Shongwe which he had been wearing on the 20th of May 1983  was found, as well as a paper bag, containing a portable radio. After the  vehicle and its contents had been removed, the families started suspecting that  Maseko and Shongwe might have been amongst the victims of the explosion.  Maseko’s body was subsequently identified at the Government Morgue. His body had  been found on the northern side of Church Street, right opposite the place where  the bomb had exploded.
  • After the explosion on the 20th of May 1983, several body parts were found  scattered all over the scene of the explosion. On the 13th of June 1983 the feet  of this person was identified by his mother as being those of Freddie Shongwe.  Shongwe’s wife also identified a piece of trousers and a belt found at the  scene, as items belonging to Shongwe. From the dispersal and parts found on the  wreckage, it could be deduced that Shongwe had been inside the vehicle at the  time of the explosion.
  • According to evidence given by a witness who had been sitting in her car in  front of the Nedpark Building in Church Street West, Pretoria, on the 20th of  May 1983, a cream-coloured Colt Galant had parked in front of her. Immediately  after the vehicle had come to a standstill, the explosion followed.
  • On the 7th of July 1983, Anna Maseko handed the electrical sander, as well  as the portable radio, to the investigators. Upon examination it was found that  the portable radio discovered in Maseko’s Kombi, had been fitted with a remote  control. Experts found this remote control to be fully functional. It was also  able to detonate explosives from a distance. According to the experts, the  frequency at which the remote control had been set, is extremely sensitive and  could have been activated by other factors coming within the range of the  control unit.
  • In Maseko’s clothes in his home, cash to the value of R3 000 was found. Anna  Maseko could not find any explanation for the origin of this money. She had used  some of the money for funeral costs.
  • Shongwe and Maseko had previous convictions for “housebreaking and safe  robberies”.
  • On several occasions, Shongwe and Maseko accompanied each other to  Swaziland. Shongwe sometimes visited Swaziland as often as twice per month.  Evidence was found that Shongwe had been seen at the homes of well-known members  of the African National Congress (ANC) in Swaziland. Shongwe is a cousin of a  trained ANC member, Johannes Mnisi. According to information received, Shongwe  and Maseko had had contact with Mnisi in Swaziland. It was also established that  Shongwe had last visited Swaziland from 16 to 17 May 1983.

During the activities of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC),  amnesty for the Church Street Bomb was granted to Aboobaker Ismail, former head  of Umkhonto we Sizwe’s unit for special operations, and Johannes Mnisi. In spite  of the fact that the ANC in the past had already acknowledged that the actions  of its military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), “at all times had been subject to  the political leadership of the ANC”, no member of the ANC’s NEC of that time  ever applied for amnesty for the Church Street Bomb. More pictures at:

Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court 20 May 1987

Amanzimtoti Shopping complex KZN 23  December 1985

Mandela Amanzimtoti Bomb 23 Dec 1985

Amanzimtoti Bomb 23 Dec 1985

many more pictures at: http://pvj-amanzimtotibom.blogspot


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Comment by rose on July 7, 2013 at 11:00

hes still alive - don't knock him off yet

Comment by George W. Reichel on July 6, 2013 at 1:52

He did live to a ripe old age.

Comment by George W. Reichel on July 5, 2013 at 1:22

Like with most of our "heroes".Revisionist history.

Comment by Marian on July 4, 2013 at 20:36

This side of Mandela's history has been avoided for years ...

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