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After 35 years, apartheid cops in court for murder of Caiphus ...

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After 35 years, apartheid cops in court for murder of Caiphus Nyoka

The Cosas member was shot 12 times in his parents’ Daveyton home while he was sleeping in 1987

David Forbes

Thirty-five years ago Caiphus Nyoka was a prominent activist in Daveyton, on the East Rand. Four security police officers smashed down his door at 2.30am on August 24 1987, burst into the back bedroom of his parents’ house, where he and three other boys were sleeping, and shot him 12 times.

Shortly after the cold-blooded execution, a white police officer wrote “999 Lemba Street – Caiphus Nyoka executed – Hands of Death” on a police station blackboard, according to the three youngsters who were metres from Nyoka when he was gunned down.

Yesterday, three of those white former security police officers appeared in the Benoni magistrate’s court on charges relating to Nyoka’s death. The case was postponed until June 23 pending the outcome of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) decision on an application by the Nyoka family to add international criminal charges, the outcome of an application by accused number one for legal aid and pending the provision of a request by accused one and two for further particulars of the case against them...

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