Zwide Township and Cape Town, South Africa, 4-11th, April 1996
1. Wide-shot street in Zwide township (Port Elizabeth 11/4/96)
2. Wide-shot man emptying garbage with goat grazing in the foreground
3. Mid-shot woman and children walking down the road
4. Mid-shot man sweeping grass outside a house
5. Wide-shot traffic in Zwide street
6. Wide-shot exterior of the Mtimkulu house, parents Joyce and Sipho walk past camera
7. Wide-shot exterior Livingstone Hospital (Port Elizabeth 11/4/96)
8. Mid-shot South African flag on top of hospital entrance
9. Mid-shot Mtimkulu's parents walking towards the hospital
10. Mid-shot exterior of Mtimkulu house (Zwide 11/4/96)
11. Mid-shot Siphiwo's sister Nozibele, 23, making tea, switches off the stove walks to her parents and begins serving tea
12. Close-up Nozibele's hand pouring tea
13. Close-up black and white poster of Siphiwo Mtimkulu's face with the words "Detained - Missing"
14. Close-up Mrs Joyce Mtimkulu speaking as noted. Shot pulls down to close-up of her hands opening a bag and taking out clumps of her son's hair, then pulls up to close- up of her face.
15. Close-up Joyce Mtimkulu's hands looking through photographs
16. Close-up black and white still of Mtimkulu in wheelchair with armed police officer in the foreground
17. Close-up black and white still of Mtimkulu in hospital bed surrounded by friends
18. Close-up black and white still of Mtimkulu in a wheelchair with activists Di and Brian Bishop standing behind her. Brian Bishop was later killed along with another white activist, Molly Blackburn in a mysterious motor vehicle accident.
19. Close-up Joyce Mtimkulu speaking as noted
20. Wide-shot exterior Valkenberg Hospital (Cape Town 4/4/96)
South Africa is bracing itself for the opening of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Monday.
For many families, the hearings represent the first chance to hear the truth about the deaths of their loved ones during the apartheid-era.
One family hopes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will reveal what happened to their son.
Fourteen years ago on Sunday, 22-year-old Siphiwo Mtimkulu disappeared after a routine checkup at Port Elizabeth's Livingston Hospital.
His family has no idea what happened to him.
Mtimkulu, a political activist, was poisoned during his last known stretch of police detention from May 31 1981 to 20 October 1982.
He was protesting in his home town of Zwide, when police chased him, shot him in the arm and detained him without trial.
His parents were not allowed any access to him.
Doctors later discovered that the perpetrators had given him thallium, an odorless, colourless and tasteless drug used to eliminate rodents.
South Africa had never officially permitted the drug's importation.
After his release from detention Mtimkulu experienced excruciating bodily pain and his hair began falling out.
Doctors in London concurred that he had been poisoned with thallium.
Eight years later his parents read of a former police officer's testimony that in another case the police had intended to kill her son with the poison.
He added that Mtimkulu had subsequently been killed.
Mtimkulu's daughter Alluta (meaning Struggle) was five-years old when her father disappeared.
His son Sikhumbuzo (meaning We Remember) was only a baby.
All they really know of their father is the rumours surrounding his disappearance.
\"It's from his, and I've got his hair even now while I am sitting here, which fell off his head. I have also got the picture that showed that the hair fell off, it was not cut. That helped -
here is hair, can you see it? This is how they got the poison because they sent it to London as they said.\"
SUPER CAPTION: Siphiwo's mother, Joyce Mtimkulu
Not all victims' relatives are co-operating with the Truth Commission - some like the widow of Steve Biko are trying to have it overturned.
They believe that the perpetrators of such crimes should be prosecuted and punished.
The Mtimkulu's will go ahead with the process because they want to find out exactly what happened.
But they cannot predict how they will react to the information.
SOUND BITE: (English)
\"We expect the truth will come out because we can't just forgive without having truth. We must hear the truth, then we forgive -- if we can. It will now, even then, it will depend. It will depend if we will forgive. If we will forgive we won't forget because bad things happened.\"
SUPER CAPTION: Joyce Mtimkulu
When no doctors could diagnose Mtimkulu's illness he was transferred to Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town where neurologist Professor Frances Ames treated him.
When he told her his hair was falling out she suspected thallium poisoning.
Later she and a group of colleagues helped Mtimkulu's parents sue the police.
SOUND BITE: (English)
\"You know it's one of those horror episodes. I've been in neurological practice for what, 40 years and that case has. the cold-bloodedness of it, the ruthlessness of it, and the sheer sadism of it is something that sticks in my mind.\"
SUPER CAPTION: Professor Frances Ames, Mtimkulu's Doctor
South Africa's Justice Minister, Dullah Omar was the architect of the legislation that allowed for the Truth Commission.
In terms of the law the Commission can grant amnesty to perpetrators of crimes committed between 1960 and 1993.
The only proviso is that they must make full disclosures of their crimes.
A team of Supreme Court judges have been seconded to the Commission's Amnesty Committee to decide whether perpetrators should be let off.
SOUND BITE: (English)
\"The work of the Truth Commission is directed towards the future. It's not dealing with the past for the sake of dealing with the past, with a view to ensuring that human conduct in the future will fall within accepted civilized standards.\"
SUPER CAPTION: Justice Minister Dullah Omar
Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner of 1984, Desmond Tutu is the chairperson of the Truth Commission.
He has been holding some public meetings to explain the work of the Truth Commission to communities most affected by apartheid crimes.
But the big task starts on Monday when he will begin an intensive two-year process of listening to the horror stories of the apartheid era.
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