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Title:Repression and the state of emergency: June 1987 - March 1989
Authors:Webster, D.ISNI
Friedman, Maggie
Periodical:South African Review - SARS
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:human rights
state of emergency
Abstract:In a recently published survey of human rights around the world, South Africa features sixth from bottom of a list of 89 countries, scoring only 22 percent on a scale of human rights. This article involves an overview of trends in various areas of repression in South Africa. It presents data on detentions under security and emergency regulations, the geographical distribution of 1988 emergency detentions, and categories of detainees. It also presents data on other means of formal repression, including use of the courts to attack popular organizations and individuals, bannings, restrictions, listings, and deportations. Special attention is given to informal repression, such as that by the Joint Management Centres (JMCs) and their main vehicle for repressive control, the new municipal police, and the activities of 'vigilante' groups (the South African Contras), including intimidation, violence and assassination, attacks on individuals and property, and kidnapping and disappearances. Ref.