Issued by: Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Public Works Minister Jeff Thamsanqa Radebe is to appear before the Amnesty Committee in Durban tomorrow, Tuesday December 1, applying for amnesty for his role in establishing and arming self defence units (SDUs) which operated in KwaZulu/Natal at the height of political violence.
The hearing to be chaired by Mr Justice Selwyn Miller will take place at the Christian Centre, corner of Berea Road and Warwick Avenue in Durban at 9am.
The appearance of Mr Radebe before the Amnesty Committee was initially scheduled for Monday last week but was postponed to this week after his lawyers requested more time to prepare for the hearing.
Mr Radebe, 45, who in his amnesty application says he is a member of the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Umkhonto weSizwe - ANC's former armed wing, was the organisation's chairman and MK's underground commander in Southern Natal at the time. He is also seeking amnesty for his activities while an MK operative from 1976 to 1990.
Mr Radebe's special advisor and the former ruling party's member of parliament Mr Ian Munro Phillips (39) will also appear before the committee applying for amnesty for his role in arming the SDUs in the region.
The committee will also consider amnesty applications by a former MK chief of staff in the Southern Natal region and now a captain in the South African National Defence Force Mr Sipho Joel Daniel Sithole (38) of KwaMashu and another SDU member Mr Thulasizwe Raphael Dlamini, 37, of Plainhill Farm in Ixopo.
All other scheduled matters that were announced are going ahead as planned until Friday December 4.