The Presidential Years

A township near Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa established in 1955 to house black residents. On the morning of 17th June 1992 the residents were attacked by about 300 impis (warriors) from the nearby Kwa-Madala hostel, heavily armed with an assortment of dangerous weapons killing people indiscriminately most of them wearing balaclavas and red headscarves. The massacre led to the suspension of the CODESA negotiations but eventually the negotiations were concluded. The TRC interim report found that the police and Kwa-Madala residents had planned and carried out the killings in Boipatong.