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Necklacing:Death By Tire Fire Necklacing:Death By Tire Fire

Bronze medal Reporter Adv. Alex Posted 10 Jun 2019
Necklacing:Death By Tire Fire


Have you ever heard about Necklacing? Necklacing is the practice of extrajudicial summary execution and torture technique did by forcing a rubber tire, filled with petrol, around a victim's chest and arms, and setting it on fire. The victim may take at least twenty minutes to die, suffering severe burns in the process. Necklacing was utilized by the black community to penalize its members who were perceived as partners with the apartheid government. 

Necklacing was mainly used on police informants; the practice was often carried out in the name of the struggle, although the executive body of the African National Congress (ANC), the most broadly supported South African opposition movement, condemned it. 

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According to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Maki Skosana was the first victim of necklacing. Her death was the first to be filmed by a news crew. They catch her while she was sorrow at a funeral for the dead. While the cameras watched, they fired her alive, smashed her skull in with a heavy rock, and even sexually penetrated her dead body with a broken piece of glass.


Necklacing was one of the most horrible ways to die and it was a fate reserved for traitors. If any of the white men died by necklacing, then he would be members of the black community. A car tire will put around the arms and neck of the victim, wrap them up in a twisted parody of a rubber necklace. Usually, the heavy weight of a tire was enough to keep them from moving, but some took it even further. Sometimes, the mob would cut off their victim’s hands or tie them behind their back with barbwire to make sure they couldn’t run. In between 1984 and 1987, anti-apartheid activists burned 672 people alive, in that half of them through necklacing.

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