Named for the U.S. television series The A-Team, which featured an extra-legal group fighting injustice.
A name chosen by several groups of right-wing black vigilantes having the expressed aim of keeping order in the townships.See also vigilante.
1986Learn & TeachNo.3, 1In other townships vigilantes have different names — the A-Team in Tumahole, the Pakathis in Thabong, the Amabutho in Durban, the Mbhokhoto in KwaNdebele and the ‘fathers’ in Cape Town.
1987Learn & TeachNo.1, 38In the townships there has been no peace...Vigilante groups started all over the country. In Moutse there was the Imbokotho. In Tumahole there was the A-Team and in Durban there was the Amabutho.
1987New Nation 30 July 9In Chesterville, women arranged all-night vigils to protect their children against the vigilante A-Team which had the backing of Inkatha.
1989T. Gqubulu inWeekly Mail 17 Feb. 3The child army fought physical battles with the municipal police — ‘Green Beans’ — and right-wing vigilantes called the ‘A-Team’.
1990Weekend Post 31 Mar. 6It was a media myth that the forces tapping into the violence were merely political. The Wild Dogs, the Ninjas and the A-Team were just some groups with no political agenda at all.
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