All of the above applications for amnesty in terms of Section 18 of the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act no. 34 of 1995 ("the Act"), relate to the death in detention of the Black Consciousness leader, Mr Steven Bantu Biko ("Biko"), which occurred at Pretoria Central Prison on the 12th September 1977. All of the Applicants are former members of the then Port Elizabeth Security Police. The application of a further Applicant in the matter, Gideon Johannes Nieuwoudt ("Nieuwoudt") was heard by a different panel after he successfully applied for his application to be separated from the applications being heard by us.


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