Source: (2007) Radical History Review. 97(1): 11-42.

In the early hours of Monday, March 3, 1986, seven young activists from Old Crossroads and Gugulethu Townships in Cape Town were led by askaris into an ambush where members of South Africa’s security branch and covert operations forces killed them during a joint operation. Official reports maintained that they died as a result of “multiple bullet wounds sustained in the course of S.A. [South African] Police activities for the purpose of combating terrorism.” The Gugulethu Seven incident, as it came to be known, has since been surrounded by controversy and debate about the specific circumstances that led to the assassination of these youths. For more than a decade, this incident remained engulfed in an atmosphere of permanent denial. (Excerpt)