Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2019

Department

History

Abstract

The secret police during the apartheid in South Africa’s had a heavy hand that causes fear and also death. They used many tactics such as violence, intel, media, and various forms censorship to help get the job done. In the late 70s to the early 90s there was a massive surge of anti-apartheid movements throughout the country as well as internationally, which led to an increase in trying to put down these various movements. With so much more work to do and with only a handful of of members, these squads became to get overwhelmed, which ultimately led to their downfall. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission brought some of their doings to light, but how accurate the accounts are being even more issues to light.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Brian Crim and Dr. Lindsay Michie

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Apr 10th, 4:00 PM

The Secret Police: The Heavy Hand of Apartheid Government

The secret police during the apartheid in South Africa’s had a heavy hand that causes fear and also death. They used many tactics such as violence, intel, media, and various forms censorship to help get the job done. In the late 70s to the early 90s there was a massive surge of anti-apartheid movements throughout the country as well as internationally, which led to an increase in trying to put down these various movements. With so much more work to do and with only a handful of of members, these squads became to get overwhelmed, which ultimately led to their downfall. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission brought some of their doings to light, but how accurate the accounts are being even more issues to light.