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The Photographer, Kevin Carter, was a member of the famed “Bang Bang Club”, a group of South African photojournalist that operated in the townships covering the protests, riots, and factional fighting between Zulu and Xhosa. Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize a year earlier for his controversial photograph of a starving child being stalked by a vulture in the Sudan. He would later commit suicide on July 27th 1994.
I’m gonna assume it’s not a member of Average White Band?
FYi the cops also shot at the journalists documenting the cop executing the wounded.
> In the beginning of 1994 with South Africa heading for democratic elections, the President Lucas Mangope resisted reincorporation into South Africa. Forty people were wounded when Bophuthatswana Defence Force troops opened fire on striking civil servants. Mangope took an increasingly hardline stance, rejected Independent Electoral Commission chairman Judge Johann Kriegler’s plea for free political activity in the territory, and fired the staff of the Bophuthatswana Broadcasting Corporation, closing down two television stations and three radio stations.
>The white supremacist group Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) took the opportunity to move in and try to restore the apartheid status quo, but was humiliated in early March when, in the presence of photojournalists and a TV crew, uniformed members of the AWB on an armed incursion to the Mmabatho/Mafikeng area shot at unarmed civilians blocking the road, injuring and killing many. They themselves were shot at by members of the Bophuthatswana Defence Force (BDF) and the Police and forced to retreat. One member of the AWB travelling back in a blue Mercedes Benz shot at some people along the road and members of Bophuthatswana police opened fire at the car. The driver, Nicolaas Fourie, and his two passengers promptly surrendered and were disarmed. After the media were allowed to photograph the badly injured prisoners, they were then executed at point blank range by a Bophuthatswana policeman, Ontlametse Bernstein Menyatsoe. These killings effectively spelt the end of white right-wing military opposition to democratic reforms. Mangope was replaced by an interim government.
No pity. AWB wannabe Nazi fucks on a killing spree. They got exactly what they deserved.
Very, very turbulent time for SA.