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First name:  Calvin

Last name:  Thusago

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Reporter
  • Media outlet:  South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
  • Type of media:  TV
  • Born:  South Africa

  • Died:  23 April 1993 South Africa
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes


Beaten to death by youths who attacked the car carrying him and his cameraman Dudley Saunders as he returned to Sharpeville, where he had reported on desecration of black graves by white extremists. Saunders was seriously injured but escaped.

  • South Africa 1948-94 - Apartheid
  • South Africa was ruled from 1948 to 1994 by the white minority’s National Party, which enforced "apartheid," or racially-based geographical, economic, political and social separation. Officially this meant separate development without any ethnic group exploiting the other but this did not happen and white rule and racial segregation was legalised and enforced. The voting rights of coloureds (mixed race) in Cape Province were reduced in 1956, while blacks continued to have none at all. Non-whites were forcibly removed from areas and violence, repression and imprisonment of opponents was common. More than 600 people were killed in 1976 as police crushed black demonstrations. Black leader Nelson Mandela was freed in 1990 after 27 years in prison, black-white dialogue began and the first non-racial elections were held in 1994. Mandela’s African National Congress Party (ANC) won and he became president.


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