Mary-Anne D’Oliveira Netto Serrano (21) was killed in a bomb explosion in the Wimpy Bar at the Benoni Plaza, Benoni on the East-Rand. About sixty people were injured, of whom nine seriously. Four men, Tebogo Kebotlhale, Molwedi Mokoena, Phumzile Sigasa and Elgas Mabore Ndhlovu who declared themselves as ANC members, applied for amnesty to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for the bombing in Benoni and an ambush outside Lindela Hostel in Katlehong in 1988. They alleged that they had targeted the Wimpy, because they believed it was a regular meeting place of police officers. The four men were granted amnesty in 1999.

Please leave a comment on your feelings about the bomb blast or any other terror attacks we experienced pre 1994

Wimpy Bar Benoni where the bomb exploded in July 1988
Photo of the fountain outside the Benoni Plaza. The Wimpy Bar can be seen where the bomb exploded.

Other Bomb Explosions in Benoni

1 March 1988
An explosion in Benoni causes extensive damage to a bus transporting South African Air Force personnel. This was in the vicinity of the Northmead Mall.

19 September 1988
A car bomb explodes outside flats in Benoni, 100 m from the Police station, and two civilians are injured. Update! The one near the police station was actually in the parking area of the train station.

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  1. Hi Henry,
    I think you are doing a marvelous job on the history of Benoni and what you have done so far, I am really impressed. I can assist in some places that you need answers, viz the Mayors of Benoni. I have a list of them all up until 2001. Please let me know and I will gladly send them to you.

    There is a lot more that you can add to your site which I see will take a while, but as I said, feel free to contact me on anything you would like to know. There has been lots of info on my FB page on Benoni, but some have been summarized.

    Glynis Cox Millett-Clay

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