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South Africa in Transition

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa. Phase III: August – December 1993

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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The State of Violence

On 3 November 1993, after a long day in the field, Reverend Richard Kgetsi, well known for his peace-making efforts in the Port Shepstone area of Natal, sat down in front of his typewriter to collect his thoughts. Minutes later, a bullet fired through the open window, hit him in the back. Bleeding profusely, Rev Kgetsi drove himself to the Murchison Hospital, and was rushed to Port Shepstone, where he died.

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