On October 14, 1985, heightened tensions between anti-apartheid demonstrators and police came to a head in the Cape Town suburb of Athlone. Eleven days after the Government declared a state of emergency in other parts of the country, police hidden in the back of a South African Railways truck rode directly into a hundred-strong crowd at an intersection on Thornton Road. Michael Miranda, 11, Shaun Magmoed, 16, and Jonathan Claasen, 21, were killed on the spot. Thirteen others were injured. Because it was an ambush, the incident became known as the “Trojan Horse Massacre.” 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.
Amongst the countless acts of violence that befell the South African people during this time, the Trojan Horse Massacre marked a turning point in the struggle against apartheid, as it was captured by international cameras and beamed to international communities.