Heidelberg Tavern massacre

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Heidelberg Tavern Massacre
Part of the history of Apartheid
LocationObservatory, Cape Town, South Africa
Date30 December 1993; 26 years ago (1993-12-30)
AssailantsHumphrey Luyanda Gqomfa, Vuyisile Brian Madasi and Zola Prince Mabala

The Heidelberg Tavern massacre occurred in Observatory, Cape Town on 30 December 1993. Three Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA) operatives entered the Heidelberg Tavern and opened fire on the crowd, killing four students and the owner of an adjacent restaurant who went outside to investigate the sounds of gunfire. An unexploded bomb (with nails strapped to it) was found in the restaurant, close to the main entrance.


During the years of apartheid, Observatory was one of the few de facto "grey" suburbs where all races lived together. On the evening of 30 December 1993, three men entered a popular student venue on Station Road, called the Heidelberg Tavern and opened fire, killing four people and injuring five. The three APLA operatives - Humphrey Luyanda Gqomfa, Vuyisile Brian Madasi and Zola Prince Mabala - were convicted in November 1994[1] for what became known as the Heidelberg Massacre. On 16 July 1998, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission granted the three amnesty.[2]

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  1. ^ "Heidelberg massacre: Story of reconciliation". 15 December 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.justice.gov.za/trc/media/pr/1998/p980716a.htm