Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission next month hears amnesty applications from ten former Security Branch policemen for bombings in the 1980s including the killing of Ms Ruth First in Maputo, the killing of Ms Jeanette Schoon and her daughter Katryn in Angola and the bombing of African National Congress headquarters in London.
The most senior applicant is former Police Commissioner General Johan Coetzee, who is one of eight policemen seeking amnesty for the 1982 London bombing. The other applicants for this bombing are apartheid super-spy Craig Williamson, Lieutenant James B Taylor, Intelligence Section operative John Louis McPherson, explosives expert Roger H L Raven, Lieutenant John S Adam, the former SAP's head of technical services Wybrand A L du Toit and former Vlakplaas commander Eugene de Kock.
Williamson and Raven are also seeking amnesty for the murder of Ms First wife of the late Housing Minister Joe Slovo - and the attempted murder of Mr Slovo in Maputo, Mozambique in 1982.
Williamson, Raven and Isak Daniel Bosch are seeking amnesty for the murder of Ms Schoon and her daughter in 1984.
Former Brigadier Willem Schoon is seeking amnesty for the attempted murder of Ms Schoon's husband, Marius, in Botswana in 1981. The Amnesty Committee has already heard an amnesty application by another former Vlakplaas commander, Dirk Coetzee, regarding the attempt to kill Mr Schoon.
McPherson is applying for amnesty for the bombing of ANC offices in Lusaka, Zambia in 1985.
The hearing will take place at the Idasa Centre, corner of Prinsloo and Visagie streets, Pretoria from September 6 to 25.