A peaceful protest turned violent and bloody on the morning of August 6 1990, setting off a series of riots across Port Elizabeth’s northern areas that resulted in more than 50 people dying and dozens more being injured.

Several businesses were looted - never to recover.

Homes and vehicles were destroyed - even a church.

We remember.


HOW A PEACEFUL PROTEST TURNED VIOLENT


“I am a revolutionary slave of the uprising. Not a day goes by that my mind is not occupied by 6 August.”

                                                                                                                                                               - Godfrey Ackley

‘Had police kept back, there would be no August 6 ...

As Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk held peace talks that ended in the signing of the Pretoria Minute on August 6 1990, ...

By Roslyn Baatjies-Klaasen

August 6 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the start of what was undoubtedly the deadliest week for residents of Port Elizabeth’s northern areas.


LOSING LOVED ONES


“I knew that he died. I could feel it in me because I woke up that night, and I came to knock on the door by my granny, and I said ‘Ma, something happened to Chris’. And at the same time, the phone call came to say that he was shot.”

                                                                                                                                                                      - Shireen Mentoor

Scars from fateful August 1990 northern areas ...

Whenever Bettie Hendricks sees a police Casspir, she is reminded of August 6 1990, when her father was allegedly ...

By Roslyn Baatjies-Klaasen

‘All of us whose family members died in the riots ...

“I knew that he died. I could feel it in me because I woke up that night, and I came to knock on the door by my granny, ...

By Roslyn Baatjies-Klaasen

“Every time I see one of those Casspirs I think that my father was in one of those and that he was begging for his life. That is what I think about every time.”

- Bettie Hendricks


AUGUST 1990: A TIMELINE



CAPTURING THE CHAOS


“There was chaos everywhere. It was tense. There were people standing at their houses to see what was going on. It was an experience that you cannot describe to anyone else that wasn’t there.”

- Charles Pullen

It was an experience you cannot describe to ...

Veteran newspaper photographer Charles Pullen worked for the Evening Post for just over a month when the Northern Areas ...

By Roslyn Baatjies-Klaasen

IN THEIR WORDS


Whenever Bettie Hendricks sees a police Casspir, she is reminded of August 6 1990, when her father was allegedly thrown from a similar vehicle during the northern areas uprising.

Veteran newspaper photographer Charles Pullen worked for the Evening Post for just over a month when the Northern Areas Uprising broke out on August 6 1990.


OPINION


“Hundreds of people still carry the physical and psychological injuries inflicted during the conflict, with buildings, and bodies, left derelict, looking for ways to be repurposed.”

                                                                                                                                                                                   - Allan Zinn

Reflections on the 1990 northern areas uprising

Hundreds of people still carry the physical and psychological injuries inflicted during the conflict, with buildings, ...

By Allan Zinn

Northern areas residents never got justice

Despite the enormity of the 1990 Northern Areas riots and the lasting impact, it is not commemorated annually on the ...


THE WAY FORWARD


“You have to have something positive come out of it [the uprising] — not just a commemoration every year where we say ‘ag shame’.”

- Michael Barry

Community needs living memorial, not ‘ag shames’

There was no government support and no justice for the victims of the 1990 northern areas uprising,  South End museum ...

By Roslyn Baatjies-Klaasen

DEDICATED TO

All the victims of the 1990 Northern Areas uprising - the named and the unnamed

Neville Dennis
Gwendoline Malgas
Deon Massyn
Kenneth Mitchel
P Nel
Peter Nelson
Michael Paulus
Deon Raymond
Christopher Seale
Dennis Van Schalkwyk
Brian Van Wyk
Alton Walker

Elliot Bloemetjie
Edward Claasen
Lesley Coetzee
David Goliath
Thomas Castello
Roderick De Boer
Fred Douglas
Rubin Enfin
Warrick Fillis
Abraham Fredricks
F Friesland
Zelda Gallant

Michael Jacobs
Carolus Jacobs
Nathaniel Robert
Godfrey Sauls
Cyril Jasson
Shafiek Johnson
Elsie Goliath
Jacob Goliath
Christo Plaatjies
Pieter Louwskieter
Madelaine Korkie
Gavin Louw

Samuel Williams
Tony Bennet 
Andrew Roberts
Melvin Armoed
Korkie Shavon
Hendrik Koert
Ernest Lowkee
Marius Walker
David Plaatjies
Derrick Abrahams
Martin Andrews
Benjamin Seagarts

A memorial at the Paapenkuils Cemetery bears the name of 48 people who died as a result of the Northern Areas uprising of August 1990
IN MEMORY OF: A memorial at the Paapenkuils Cemetery bears the name of 48 people who died as a result of the Northern Areas uprising of August 1990
Image: Fredlin Adriaan

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

X