11:00 21 July 2013 (South Africa) Sonny Cox
PRIME EVIL HITS BACK
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- The manufacture of guns at secret premises near Pretoria, which were then distributed to Inkatha leaders in the PWV region. Acting as intermediary between C10 and Inkatha was Dries "Brood" van Heerden, chief of security for Amalgamated Banks of South Africa, one of the country's major banks. It is alleged that van Heerden employed only Inkatha Freedom Party members as security guards in ABSA banks throughout Johannesburg, and that they were a virtual private army.
- The distribution of AK-47s, grenades and rocket launchers from the former Koevoet unit in Namibia and from Mozambique to Inkatha leaders. The report recounted that Inkatha Transvaal leader Themba Khoza was arrested at a roadblock while driving to a hostel in Sebokeng in 1990 after AK-47s were found in his car's boot. Unit C10 arranged for his bail and legal fees to be paid. Khoza was acquitted.
- De Kock and a member of the SAP's security branch, Willem Coetzee, acting on orders from Basie Smit and Krappies Engelbrecht, orchestrated random train violence in the PWV. Askaris (Umkhonto we Sizwe fighters "turned" by the police) and van Heerden's ABSA/Inkatha hit men, armed by C10, entered trains to hack and shoot people between stations. The intention was to ignite conflict between township residents and IFP-aligned hostel dwellers.
- After his retirement, de Kock continued to supply arms to Inkatha in collaboration with the SAP via an arms company, Honeybadger Arms and Ammunition. De Kock, whose nickname is "Prime Evil", has been linked to the violent or suspicious deaths of at least 13 liberation movement activists during the 1980s.
- Former KwaZulu police commissioner Major General Jack Buchner was deeply involved in the gun-running network. The commission revealed his unsavoury background. He was in the Rhodesian army in the 1960s, then joined the SAP security branch, where he was in charge of the work of askaris. While he was head of the security police in Natal from 1987 to 1989, there was a huge surge in political violence and many allegations of police complicity with the IFP. He became KwaZulu Police Commissioner in 1990 and retired in 1992.
- Inkatha members were trained in the use of firearms and grenades. The commission said there was "convincing" evidence that the KwaZulu Police "have been and still are involved in hit squad activities in Natal and the Transvaal". A subcommittee of the commission found that many of the KZP members involved had been trained by South African security forces in unconventional warfare in Namibia's Caprivi Strip in 1986.
- The subcommittee found that South Africa's top police officer, Police Commissioner General Johan van der Merwe, twice blocked investigations of allegations of police misconduct in Natal.
- Upon learning that the commission was investigating Unit C10's activities, Major General Krappies Engelbrecht ordered the destruction of all documents and files related to involvement with the IFP. He also ordered that unit operatives "obtain any information which could be used to compromise Judge Goldstone for the purpose of 'persuading' him to cease the investigation".