CHAIRPERSON: Good morning. We want to start the proceedings. For the record it is Wednesday 26th July 2000 and we are continuing with the session of the Amnesty Committee sitting at JISS Centre in Johannesburg. The Panel is constituted as would appear from the record. We are starting slightly later than what we had anticipated initially as a result of unforeseen problems that had arisen in securing the attendance of one of the applicants at the venue and we apologise for any inconvenience that resulted from that delay.

We have before us this morning the amnesty application, well in fact the continued application of Patrick Thapelo Maseko in respect of the remaining incident on his application relating to the Fidelity Guards matter and then we have the full application of Vontjie Mzimkhulu Moti, the amnesty reference in that application is AM6230/97. The appearance on behalf of the applicants are the same in the person of Mr Mbandazayo and the Leader of Evidence is still Ms Mtanga. I'm going to ask the legal representatives on behalf of the interested party, the Fidelity Guard company, to put themselves on record. Advocate Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Thank you Mr Chairperson, my name is Albert Mooij, I'm an Advocate practising at the Johannesburg Bar. I act on the instructions of Blake, Bester Incorporated and to my left is Mr Piet Bester who is present as well. He acts on the instructions of Fidelity Guards. Thank you.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you Mr Mooij. Ms Mtanga, in regard to the logistics of the matter are we dealing with the remaining incident in the Maseko matter first or how are we going about the matter?

MS MTANGA: The agreement, Chairperson, is that we will start - we'll deal with the remaining incident in Maseko since he is also their commander in that operation. He will give evidence first. Thank you.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Yes, Mr Mbandazayo, shall we then proceed with the testimony of Mr Maseko in respect of the remaining matter and the testimony of the witnesses that you wanted to call in regard to Mr Maseko's application first and then move over to Mr Moti or what did you have in mind?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, in view of the fact that Mr Maseko is involved with Mr Vontjie on this matter, which means it's the first matter that we would be hearing for Mr Vontjie, I would like to mention in respect of the others of Mr Vontjie so that when we finish this one we would just continue without any other further interruption.

CHAIRPERSON: I just wanted to work out the logistics. We'll deal with the remaining incident in the Maseko application which would effectively then take care of all of the incidents that Mr Maseko is applying for and then we'll deal with Mr Moti's ones. I assume starting off with the common one between him and Mr Maseko and then going to the remainder of his matters.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, my problem, I don't know, I'm in the hands of the Committee, my fear is that if he is involved in this one with Mr Maseko and the questioning would be such that it will have some effect on the other ...(indistinct) ones, I don't know.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, what I thought we should do is to take the evidence of the two applicants on the incident where they're both involved in. Yes, because you see if Mr Moti starts testifying then of course it might be impractical to separate the matter. It might very well be more convenient to just lead him on everything once he starts testifying.

MR MBANDAZAYO: That's the problem I have with in regard to that.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes and then of course you must also decide when you want to dispose of the Maseko matter, whether you want to hold back your submissions on that one until we're finished with the Moti matter as well or whether you would want to address us at the end of everything on Mr Maseko's and then on Mr Moti's applications?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I don't have a problem with the address, I can address at the end of all of them but my main concern is that Mr Vontjie may be questioned on the other incidents. They do not involve Mr Maseko.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes indeed, so perhaps it would then make more sense to carry on with the testimony of Mr Maseko in respect of the remaining matter and then to deal with the testimony of Mr Moti in respect of all of these matters including the Fidelity Guards matter and then the questioning in respect of Moti would relate to his entire application.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I don't have a problem with that.

CHAIRPERSON: And then we must just work out the situation of the witnesses because the witness or witnesses, I'm not sure whether it's one or more in respect of Mr Maseko only, whether you want to, also depends on their availability, whether it would be better for them to be heard after Mr Maseko has testified on this remaining incident instead of having to wait until Mr Moti has also finished his testimony. So he must give us some guidance there.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, my approach was that after the first incident where it involved Maseko and Vontjie, the witness will testify, especially though he is testifying on Maseko but he will be testifying generally also on the question of repossession which of course would give some also chances that he can be questioned even on Vontjie, not necessary on the specific incident generally, just to get the overall view. But my concern was that I wanted just to - I don't have a problem about Vontjie being asked about the other incidents but what I wanted is that what is the implication of putting other things on record before he testifies. Maseko starts on this one so that even if he is cross-examined on the other one, on the other incidents, I won't have any problems. That's what I wanted, as you usually ask whether is there anything that we want to put on record. I wanted to put something on record in respect of Mr Vontjie so that even if he is cross-examined or on the other incidents when he testifies on this one which he is involved with Mr Maseko there would be no problem.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, yes. No, no, you can do that. I'm just trying to work out what is the most convenient course to take. What is the position of the witness or witnesses. Perhaps you can just clarify that first. Is it only General Fihla that you're calling?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes, it's only him, Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: And of course as has been indicated yesterday, his testimony is in regard to the application of Mr Maseko?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes, with regard to Mr Maseko regarding Repossession Units.

CHAIRPERSON: Very well. Now I accept that you will be calling this morning, you will be calling Mr Maseko first?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Now would it assist General Fihla if his testimony is taken after Maseko instead of having to wait until Mr Moti has also testified?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, if I can take the instruction but if I can just be given time to talk to him, maybe he can wait until the whole process and he testifies later on.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, because you know he might have other commitments that he has to attend to and if it's not necessary to get him to sit and wait until everything is done and of course it might assist in that regard too.


CHAIRPERSON: So would you clarify that, if it's going to assist him to rather testify sooner than later then perhaps it might be in the interests of justice to let Mr Maseko testify, let his witness testify and then we deal with Mr Moti after that. Will you clarify that?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson. I'll do that.

CHAIRPERSON: You want us to rise?

MR MBANDAZAYO: It's not necessary, it won't take us that long, Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Alright, thank you.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson. Chairperson, he wants to testify after Maseko.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, there can't be a problem with that. In fact the legal representatives of the Fidelity Guards will of course be able to raise the questions that they had in any case so there wouldn't be any prejudice to anybody.

Yes well, Mr Maseko? Just indicate to us if your headset is working?

MR MASEKO: Yes it is working.

CHAIRPERSON: It is working, is it? Alright. I will just remind you that you are still under the oath that you have taken, do you understand?



CHAIRPERSON: And that this morning we will deal with the one incident that was outstanding on your application that stood over from yesterday. So you will be dealing with that remaining incident now. Do you understand?


CHAIRPERSON: Very well. Yes Mr Mbandazayo?

EXAMINATION BY MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson. Chairperson, for the purposes of this application, with this incident, I think there's another volume, the small volume, from page 10, the affidavit of Mr Maseko. It's at page 10 of the small volume regarding the application of Patrick Thapelo Maseko.

CHAIRPERSON: Is that the one with the Commission's stamp dated 15th July 1998?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Very well, we've got that. Thank you.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I don't know whether it would be necessary to start at the beginning because it's already on record?

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, perhaps you just want to lead Mr Maseko on the incident in question.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson.

Mr Maseko, from paragraph 12 of your affidavit you stated that you were a unit of twelve and you were the commander of the unit and you only knew Vontjie Moti, Brian Dongo, Peter Mekwase and Veli. Can you tell the Committee about the other members of the unit, how the unit was comprised, where the other people were coming from?

MR MASEKO: Thank you.

"First and foremost, these people, they were not APLA members, most of them and they were people who were working inside the country although they were not APLA members and then somebody by the name of Vincent Mama, he introduced me to Peter who was the commander of that unit. And then after he introduced me to them we planned the mission - actually they had the mission before, they told me about it and then I went to see the place and reconnoitre the place. After reconnoitring we decided to go and execute the mission. And these other people I didn't know, I only knew Vontjie and Brian. The rest of them I didn't know. Then we went to the place, after we have seen the place. When we reached the place it was late. We had the uniform of that place so we pretended as if we were the people who were working there when we attacked the place. When we reached inside, there were so many boxes of money that I have never seen them in my life, my entire life. So we took a truck there and we loaded it.

Inside, when we were inside, I was observing at these people because it was for the first working with them. In that moment I realised that Vontjie, he was a good - he can be a good commander, as I was a commander and observing him at the same time, doing my job and observing at the very same time, I realised that Vontjie really could be a good APLA member and I was intending to recruit him into APLA because they were not APLA.

After our mission we never - actually we didn't succeed because even before we went outside the police came, I don't know how did it come that the police came and then there was a fight there. We started shooting. Actually they started shooting and we shot back until we lost one of our comrades who was in the valley and then we lost almost everything because now the fight was too hot. We had to leave everything, the money, even including our comrade who happened to be dead inside the Kombi and we left almost everything and then we ran, we went different directions.

And then the following day, because at that day we never went to our RV, we went different places and then the following day I met with Peter. He told me all the comrades are there besides Brian who was shot on the spot. That was all, because we lost everything. That is it."

JUDGE MOTATA: You though mentioned, if I may interrupt you Mr Mbandazayo, you said you went to this place and you had the uniform. What do you mean you had the uniform?

MR MASEKO: I mean the FG uniform, because there was somebody who was working in there who brought the uniform for us.

JUDGE MOTATA: Thank you, you may proceed Mr Mbandazayo.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Mr Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Now you mentioned that there was somebody who was working there and I understand this place is well secured. How did you manage to get inside the Fidelity although you had uniforms? Was there anybody who had any information about that or you know security codes of that place and all such things?

MR MASEKO: Yes, the person who brought the uniform was working in there although I didn't know his name because I didn't know most of them and he is the one who gave us the information and he is the one who helped us to get inside the building because we used the Fidelity Guard vehicle to get inside there but I don't remember his name. Actually I didn't even know his name but Peter knew him.

MR MBANDAZAYO: And when this shooting started, where did it start? The shooting.

MR MASEKO: The shooting started inside because actually we had a problem of the gate, we couldn't open the gate. That gate was operated - I don't know whether it is automatically or computerised but the gate didn't open so we had a problem there. As we had a problem until other people came then we realised these people are not the people who are working here because one of us still had this balaclava on his face. That's how the shooting started.

MR MBANDAZAYO: And you indicated that you went to different directions, how did you yourself escape from this?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Myself, I went on the opposite side. When the rest of the unit went on the other side, so I went on the other side. Then from there I didn't know where did they go until I went somewhere up in Hillbrow where I managed to hide myself until the following day.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now did you at any stage become aware how much money did you take from this - was in your truck?

MR MASEKO: No, I don't know how much money was there but I can only estimate and think of how much money was there because we took almost about twelve boxes. Big boxes. Roughly I can say maybe it should be between 6 and 8 million.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, that is all from Mr Maseko regarding this incident.


CHAIRPERSON: Thank you Mr Mbandazayo. Mr Mooij, can you just repeat, when you put yourself on record you refer to a company. Can you just repeat that name?

MR MOOIJ: Mr Chairperson, the name of the company is Fidelity Guards.

CHAIRPERSON: I thought I heard you mentioning some other company. So the name of your client is Fidelity Guards? I must have misheard you then.

MR MOOIJ: The name of my client is Fidelity Guards. My instructing attorney is from a firm called Blake, Bester Incorporated.

CHAIRPERSON: Oh, I'm sorry, I must have heard that.

MR MOOIJ: That was the name that I mentioned.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, so you're acting on behalf of Fidelity Guards. Would you have anything that you wanted to raise with Mr Maseko?

MR MOOIJ: Yes indeed, Chairperson. May I proceed?

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, very well.

CROSS-EXAMINATION BY MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, you mentioned that you got Fidelity Guard uniforms and that you wore these uniforms inside the premises, is that correct?

MR MASEKO: Please repeat yourself?

MR MOOIJ: Did you state it in your evidence that you wore, during the operation, you wore Fidelity Guards uniforms and that you were wearing these uniforms when you were inside the Fidelity Guards premises, is that correct?


MR MOOIJ: So were you wearing these uniforms when you first entered the premises?

MR MASEKO: The person that I said he was working there, he brought the uniforms with him. They were inside the kombi. When we boarded the kombi, the uniforms were there and then we wore the uniform inside the kombi when we entered the kombi.

MR MOOIJ: So you got Fidelity Guards vehicle and the Fidelity Guards uniforms were inside that vehicle, is that correct?

MR MASEKO: Correct.

MR MOOIJ: Now who supplied you with that vehicle? Was it a Fidelity Guards employee?


MR MOOIJ: What was his name?

MR MASEKO: I said I didn't know his name.

MR MOOIJ: Who would know his name? Who of your members?


MR MOOIJ: Peter who?

MR MASEKO: I forgot his surname but - Peter Mokoena.

MR MOOIJ: Did you know Peter Mokoena only by that name?

MR MASEKO: At that time I only knew him as Peter.

MR MOOIJ: When you say at that time did you at any other time know him by another name?

MR MASEKO: After his death then I knew his surname but I keep on forgetting his surname.

MR MOOIJ: Alright, now you mention Peter Mokoena. So after his death you learnt that his name was actually Peter Mokoena, is that correct?

MR MASEKO: Correct.

MR MOOIJ: And you never knew him by any other name?


MR MOOIJ: Was he the only person who knew who supplied the Fidelity Guards vehicle and the uniforms?

MR MASEKO: Peter was not working there but he knew that person so I don't know if he was doing that regularly but I know for a fact that that day we had a uniform.

MR MOOIJ: Okay. So is he the only person who knew the name of the person who supplied the uniforms?

MR MASEKO: I can say so.

MR MOOIJ: Where did you get into this vehicle, where was it that you were given this vehicle to go to Fidelity Guards?

MR MASEKO: The vehicle was not given to us but the vehicle that day, the person who was driving the vehicle happened to -I don't know whether it was the manager he was working there, he had to transporting at his home. Back from his home he collected us on the corner, I don't know what the corner of that street, but it was in Hillbrow where he collected us and then we went from there.

MR MOOIJ: You also mentioned that you only got to know about this operation at a later stage because it had been planned by somebody else, is that correct?


MR MOOIJ: Now who was initially involved in this operation before you got involved, do you know that?

MR MASEKO: These people, I said they were not APLA members before. They were as you put it or as the word has been said here, criminal elements which I dispute because I know criminals. There were no criminals. Those people they were already doing that job. We intend to recruit them that's why they were introduced to me so that we can turn them and make them APLA members.

ADV SANDI: Sorry Mr Mooij, if I can just try and get some clarity here? Is it the position here that at the time you got involved with these people in the incident you have mentioned, right at that stage they were not APLA members but you had intended to recruit them?

MR MASEKO: Not all of them were APLA but some of them already were working with APLA people.

MS MTANGA: Which of them were already working with APLA people?

MR MASEKO: Comrade Peter who was working with us and he had contact with us, actually. Brian, Vontjie and the rest I didn't know them.

ADV SANDI: Thanks Mr Mooij.

MR MOOIJ: Now you mention that you only knew Vontjie and Brian and now you mentioned another person.

MR MASEKO: I've mentioned Peter before. I did mention him before.

MR MOOIJ: Is that Peter Mokoena?


MR MOOIJ: Now where do you know Mr Vontjie from?

MR MASEKO: I know him from Orlando.

MR MOOIJ: From where?

MR MASEKO: Orlando.

MR MOOIJ: For how long have you known him?

MR MASEKO: It's next to the street where my wife stays so I knew him a long time before.

MR MOOIJ: Since when have you known him?

MR MASEKO: I cannot tell how many years that I know him.

MR MOOIJ: Was it from shortly before this operation?

MR MASEKO: I knew him before this operation but he was not my friend. When I say I knew him I didn't mean that we were close, I knew him because he stayed the next street behind my wife's street.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, what is not very clear to me is you mention that there were some other people involved in the planning of this operation against Fidelity Guards. You got involved at a later stage. How did it happen that you became involved in that operation. Why did you become involved?

MR MASEKO: Yesterday I said we as APLA members since we were from outside, we didn't know exactly where we can find large amounts of money but other people that you called tsotsi element, they knew where there were large sums of money can be found. So we had to use them or get them close to us so that we can have large amounts.

MR MOOIJ: Yes, but how did you find out about this operation that was being planned?

MR MASEKO: After we have contacted them then I knew there was something like that then we wanted to be with them.

MR MOOIJ: So are you saying then that you knew that these people were involved in criminal activities?

MR MASEKO: I have a problem with the word criminal activity. I have a problem with it because in a revolution there's nothing like what you are saying like criminal activities. Everything is justified in the revolution especially to from why it's justified. So when you say they were involved in the criminal activity you're giving me a problem.

MR MOOIJ: I'll rephrase that for you, Mr Maseko. Were they involved in activities that were non-political?

MR MASEKO: They were political because if you are hungry and that the people who were hungry were Africans so they had the chances or they were forced to do whatever they can do so that they can eat. When you say they were tsotsis then you are giving me a problem.

MR MOOIJ: I never mentioned, Mr Maseko, that they were tsotsis. It came out yesterday in your evidence that you worked together and that was your evidence, that you worked together with criminal gangs because they had the expertise to perform certain robberies which you did not have. Do you recall that?

MR MASEKO: Yes they had the information that we didn't have but the expertise, we had the expertise. Yes, I said that yesterday because I want this process to go on but Mshosho in our country, there are no tsotsis, there are tsotsis but who were whites who stole our land, who stole everything and even the banks too. I can mention even General Malan, Magnus Malan, who was in the SANDF who happened to have sold rhino horns and everything. Do you think that was not tsotsi element?

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, when in 1990 was the so-called Repossession Unit, of which you were the leader, when was that formed? When in 1990?

MR MASEKO: The exact date?


MR MASEKO: I can't remember the exact date.

MR MOOIJ: Was it in the latter part of 1990 or was it in the middle or more or less when in 1990?

MR MASEKO: When we came inside, we came here with a specific mission. The unit already was there and we had to establish other units, we ourselves, we had to establish other units inside here. The unit already was there.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, if I recall your evidence correctly then you mentioned that you returned to South Africa and it was your responsibility to establish the Repossession Unit and that you reported to the leadership on that aspect and that the leadership was outside the country.

MR MASEKO: Yes, if you remember well I said when we came inside we were a unit of four. We came inside the country in pairs and our unit, it's specific mission was to repossess. That's what I said.

MR MOOIJ: Yes, so in view of that, my question to you is, when during 1990 was this unit established in South Africa? When did it start?

JUDGE MOTATA: Mr Mooij, his evidence yesterday was that he returned at the end of December 1989 and this unit, the Repossession Unit was already formed but they had to enlarge it. I'm merely paraphrasing what he said yesterday.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you very much.

Mr Maseko, do you know a Themba Radebe?

MR MASEKO: Yes I know him.

MR MOOIJ: Was he a member of your unit?

MR MASEKO: He was present on that day and I didn't even know his name or who he is but now since I was in jail with him I knew him that he was present in that mission and I knew his name when I was in prison together with him.

MR MOOIJ: My question, Mr Maseko was, was Themba Radebe a member of your unit, your Repossession Unit?

MR MASEKO: No, he was part of the people that I said they were there but I didn't know their names.

MR MOOIJ: Now you mentioned that during that operation at Fidelity Guards you saw that Mr Moti had leadership potential. Now when after that, if at all - let me rephrase the question. Was Mr Moti a member of your Repossession Unit?

MR MASEKO: No, he was not a member of my Repossession Unit but he was part of the unit that was there in this specific mission.

MR MOOIJ: I understood your evidence like that. Now did Mr Moti become a member of your unit at any stage?

MR MASEKO: No, I was intending to recruit him to be a full member but I happened to leave the place and went to Transkei so I never met him again until when I met him in jail again.

MR MOOIJ: I just want to clarify that with you. You say that - maybe I don't want to misunderstand you, at this incident at Fidelity Guards you then considered Mr Moti to be of good material to be recruited and then thereafter you never saw him again until you met him in jail, is that correct?


ADV SANDI: Can I come in just for one issue, Mr Mooij?

Your intention to recruit Mr Moti, was that known to Brian and Peter? Did they know that you had this intention to recruit Mr Moti?

MR MASEKO: No, they didn't know my intention but I did speak of Vontjie to them and praised Vontjie to them that Vontjie is good and has got the potential to be a good APLA member.

ADV SANDI: Did they have any specific comments to make in that regard?


ADV SANDI: You didn't say whether or not he was a good candidate to be recruited for that purpose?

MR MASEKO: Can you come again please?

ADV SANDI: They didn't say anything about your intention to recruit him?

MR MASEKO: No they didn't say anything, they just kept quiet. I don't know if they told him in my absence, I don't know that.

ADV SANDI: So you mean to say that they didn't say to you we've already recruited him, he is working with us already, as in support of APLA?


ADV SANDI: Thank you. Thank you Mr Mooij.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, I just want to ask you, did you say that Brian was shot during this Fidelity Guards incident?

MR MASEKO: I said Veli.


MR MASEKO: Actually I didn't even mention a name, I said one of our comrades but now I'm saying Veli.

MR MOOIJ: What were his other names?

MR MASEKO: I don't know his other names.

MR MOOIJ: My instructing attorney has just pointed out to me that your evidence was that Brian was shot on the spot at this incident, at Fidelity Guards.

MR MASEKO: Veli, not Brian. Actually he was shot in the car when we were in the car. Not Brian, it was Veli. It was Veli. Excuse us?

MR MOOIJ: You're saying?

MR MASEKO: It was Veli that died on that day not Peter and I'm sure of that and I've just asked my friend here, he confirms it.

MR MOOIJ: I didn't ask you about Peter, Mr Maseko, I asked you about Brian.

MR MASEKO: Yes, I said it was not Brian it was Veli, not Brian.

MR MOOIJ: You also gave evidence yesterday that during these operations that you were involved in, amounts in excess of R3000 had to be given to people in higher positions within your organisation. Who did you give this money to, the money that you robbed in other operations?

MR MASEKO: To Junior.

MR MOOIJ: And who did Junior in turn report to?

MR MASEKO: To his immediate superior.

MR MOOIJ: Who was that?

MR MASEKO: At that time I think it was the Director of Operations.

MR MOOIJ: And who was the Director of Operations?

MR MASEKO: Lethlapa Mpahlele.

ADV SANDI: I'm sorry, if this operation had been successful, what would have happened to the money?

MR MASEKO: I will hand it over to our superiors.

ADV SANDI: You mean Junior?

MR MASEKO: I was supposed to hand it over to him if the operation succeeded.

ADV SANDI: But I thought you said this was not really a Repossession Unit operation?

MR MASEKO: Yes, it was not - this unit, we wanted to work with it and incorporate it into our ranks if it was possible but the money will come to us and then we will take it to Botswana to Junior. Just as I've said the people who were - these other people who will work with us and in turn we will give them the land. That's what I said we did promise them, the land. We didn't promise them any shares.

MR MOOIJ: Did you approach these other people with the information, as you said, because they'd been involved with other operations before?

MR MASEKO: Just come again?

MR MOOIJ: I said, did you approach the people who were planning this Fidelity Guards incident because of their experience with other incidents that happened before other operations?

MR MASEKO: Yes as that person, the guy Vincent Mama who approached Peter, he approached him because he knew they were doing better money than us.

MR MOOIJ: So they were doing better money than you were doing, that is why you approached them? That's also what you said yesterday. They were making bigger money than what you were making and that is why you decided to get together with them. Now what doesn't make sense is that here's an organisation who is making big money. Why then all of a sudden would they assist you to help you to get money for nothing without - previously they could keep all the money, now they must give all the money to you? How do you explain that?

MR MASEKO: They were making money as you say but they were never free. They were never free. That's why they were prepared to help the people to fight and make the land free. That's why they were prepared to help us.

MR MOOIJ: Totally for free, without them getting any part of the money?

MR MASEKO: That was not for free because they were going to get their land back.

MR MOOIJ: When did you meet with Mr Moti again in prison?

MR MASEKO: 1996.

MR MOOIJ: So you didn't see him for a period of about six years after this robbery, is that correct?


MR MOOIJ: Do you have any idea, Mr Maseko, why would Mr Moti in an affidavit say that in 1991, early 1991, he was sent to Transkei for infantry training under you?

MR MASEKO: I don't have any idea why would he have said that.

MR MOOIJ: So if he said that, would that be a lie?

MR MASEKO: No, I cannot say. Maybe he consulted Peter as Peter was his commander so I won't talk on behalf of him.

MR MOOIJ: No but if he says in an affidavit that he was sent to Transkei in early 1991 for infantry training under yourself, would he be telling a lie if he says that?

MR MASEKO: I said I will never answer for him, he will answer for himself.

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Maseko, did he, Mr Moti, did he ever receive infantry training by himself?



MR MOOIJ: Thank you Chairperson.

Now after this particular incident at Fidelity Guards do you know whether there was any further co-operation between the let's call it the organisation of which Mr Moti was a member and your Repossession Unit.

MR MASEKO: Please come again?

MR MOOIJ: Alright, let me just rephrase it for you nicely. This operation at Fidelity Guards was a combined effort, so to speak, between your Repossession Unit and some other organisation of which Mr Moti was a member, correct? Now after this particular Fidelity Guards operation, was there any other co-operation between the organisation of which Mr Moti was a member and the Repossession Units?

MR MASEKO: Yes, comrade Peter who was a commander of them, we used to meet just to discuss other things and try to give us the direction how to get more information about these other operations of that sort.

MR MOOIJ: Do I understand you correctly that Peter then acted as an advisor to the Repossession Unit?

MR MASEKO: Yes I can say so.

MR MOOIJ: But there were no other joint operations between Repossession Unit and Peter's unit, is that correct?

MR MASEKO: Maybe he did with other units because we were establishing units inside here but with me direct I know that was the only operation I did with him. With other units really I don't know.

MR MOOIJ: But you were in charge of the Repossession Unit, not so?

MR MASEKO: That is true.

MR MOOIJ: So you would certainly have knowledge of operations that the Repossession Unit, so to speak, was involved in?

MR MASEKO: That's why I said maybe he did work with other units because I was not working only in Johannesburg, I was doing it nationally so when I was not around I don't know what was he doing or what he was talking with other units.

MR MOOIJ: Yes Mr Maseko, but you ultimately were in charge of the Repossession Unit. Surely your subordinates would report to you about operations, not so?


MR MOOIJ: Now I ask you, were there any other occasions when the Repossession Unit or a branch or a division of the Repossession Unit had joint operations with this gentleman called Peter?

MR MASEKO: Not to my knowledge.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you. Was your unit, the Repossession Unit, ever involved in applying the proceeds of your operations to the purchase of pills or drugs or anything like that?

MR MASEKO: No, the money, if we happened to get the money, the money will be used to buy arms or food for our cadres or even clothes. Not drugs.

MR MOOIJ: Chairperson, I see it's now ten past eleven, I don't ...(intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: No, no, I don't intend adjourning at all until lunch time. We started very late this morning.

MR MOOIJ: Oh, certainly.

CHAIRPERSON: Here we work under tremendous time constraints.

MR MOOIJ: Certainly Chairperson, thank you.

Mr Maseko, these other organisations such as that headed by Peter Mokoena, were they acting on your orders at all?


MR MOOIJ: Did they act on APLA's behalf?

MR MASEKO: Not on all the machines except the one that I'm talking about but other missions I don't know if, as I've told you, that Vincent Mama had communication with them. Maybe they were talking with him but I didn't know of that.

MR MOOIJ: So not to your knowledge?

ADV SANDI: Can I ask you to explain something? I hear that you say in response to the question by Mr Mooij as to whether the operations that were carried out by the group headed by Mr Peter Mokoena whether they were acting on behalf of APLA, I hear that you say, "not on all the missions except the one I was involved in". But why do you say that, because I understand your evidence when you started initially to be that when you came into the picture, these people had already planned to carry out this mission?

MR MASEKO: Advocate, can you come again?

ADV SANDI: Didn't you get into the picture at a stage these people had already decided they were going to carry out this operation?

MR MASEKO: When I came in the picture these people already existed so I came in the picture only to come and get or work with them or get them on our side. Already they were already on the ground and existing and doing the other things.

ADV SANDI: Yes, when you came into the picture they had already decided that they were going to carry out this particular mission?

MR MASEKO: They already had the plans and the missions and they already, long before I came in the picture they were working.

ADV SANDI: Now why do you say then that mission was carried out on behalf of APLA?

MR MASEKO: Because after we negotiated with them, I wouldn't get inside if we didn't agree on other aspects like where will the money go and how are we going to get - we had to clarify some aspects.

ADV SANDI: But wasn't that a stage where you were trying to have a better understanding of these people, how they carry out their operations to an extent you can trust them, you know and so on and so on? Wasn't that the position?

MR MASEKO: That was the position, that is why I myself, I went to work with them in that mission because I wanted to have a better understanding which in relationship with them, if it is possible.

ADV SANDI: Yet, but you had not initiated that particular operation you as a member of APLA?

MR MASEKO: No, it was not initiated by me.

ADV SANDI: Thank you.

MR MASEKO: But I ...(indistinct) with them.

CHAIRPERSON: Initially it was their idea which you then took over?


CHAIRPERSON: You found that - in fact, you reached an agreement with them which was acceptable to you and you took over their idea and in fact if I understand you correctly you say that you were involved in some reconnoitring and that sort of thing before this was actually executed?

MR MASEKO: Exactly, Sir.

CHAIRPERSON: You satisfied yourself as well that this is a viable plan?

MR MASEKO: Exactly Sir.

CHAIRPERSON: And is it only after you were satisfied on all these calls that you decided well you're going to take this?

MR MASEKO: Exactly, that's how it is.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Yes?

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, you mentioned that you thought that Mr Moti had certain qualities which would make you interested in recruiting him as a member of APLA. What were these qualities, why did you come to that conclusion that he was a suitable person?

MR MASEKO: Inside the mission whilst we were pulling the mission, I could see him. His acts, he was running up and down commanding people, doing this, doing that, so I could see really, this man he knows what he is doing.

MR MOOIJ: When you say you could see he knows what he was doing, what do you mean by that? In what respect did he know what he was doing?

MR MASEKO: I've been involved in a lot of missions. I know when a person is good and I know when a person is useless in a mission. At that day I saw this man, amongst those people who were there, he was the one who was active.

MR MOOIJ: Do I understand you correctly to say that the impression that he gave you was that he was an experienced person in that type of operation?

MR MASEKO: That is what I'm saying.

MR MOOIJ: So it appeared to you that he'd been involved in that type of thing many time before?

MR MASEKO: I don't know, what I know is he was very good that's why I wanted him.

MR MOOIJ: You wanted him for his skills?

MR MASEKO: Exactly.

MR MOOIJ: In performing that type of operation, not so?


MR MOOIJ: I didn't hear you say that you were interested in him because of his political beliefs?

MR MASEKO: At that time I didn't even know what his political beliefs or what is his understanding but what I knew was that after the mission we'll recruit him and we will politicise him because we believed that politics leads the gun.

CHAIRPERSON: But you were at least satisfied at that point after your discussions that they are prepared to participate in this incident on behalf of APLA which - in other words what I mean is, they were prepared to participate in an incident which should benefit APLA?




CHAIRPERSON: So at least it was indicative of the fact that they're not hostile towards the organisation that you represented?


CHAIRPERSON: Would that be a fair summary of your sort of, your state of mind at the time?


CHAIRPERSON: Yes, thank you.

MR MOOIJ: So do I understand you correctly that at the time of this incident according to you Mr Moti was not politically active at all?

MR MASEKO: I don't know but what I know is he was not a PAC member, he was not an APLA member but at that time I saw him to be good and I wanted him and I knew I will teach him politics.

MR MOOIJ: So your interest in him was purely, at that stage, purely from that you could use his skills in your future operations?

MR MASEKO: Exactly.

ADV SANDI: Would you say Mr Moti was some sort of commander of this group?

MR MASEKO: No, the commander was comrade Peter. He was not a commander but in the APLA circles there was this thing, they used to say our comrades used to hijack commandership from the existing commander. If the commander maybe was a little bit sleepy, somebody would take the initiative and hijack his commandership so Vontjie, that I could see, he had that potential.

ADV SANDI: How would you describe your profile in that operation? Would you say it was to the same extent as Mr Moti, those people who were running up and down, appearing to be some sort of leaders of the group? A low profile, high profile? What was your position in relation to him?

MR MASEKO: Sorry, myself? I was playing a low profile although I was the commander, but I was playing the low profile so that I can learn and see what is happening exactly.

ADV SANDI: Some question which I thought I would ask earlier on, was it known by all of the members of this group that you were coming from APLA? Did all of them know?

MR MASEKO: No, not all of them. Not all of them that they knew that I'm from APLA but their commander knew. They only thought maybe I'm just a new member or they didn't know me exactly.

ADV SANDI: Their commander was - when you say their commander, do you mean Peter? Was he the only one he knew?

MR MASEKO: And Veli.

ADV SANDI: What about Moti, did he know?

MR MASEKO: Moti knew me but he didn't know that I was APLA and he knew him too, he didn't know it.

ADV SANDI: Thank you.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, only Peter - when you say Peter I take it that you mean Peter Mokoena, the leader of that group. Him and Veli ...(intervention)

MR MASEKO: Not him, him and Brian knew exactly.

MR MOOIJ: Peter and Brian?



MR MASEKO: Exactly who I was.

MR MOOIJ: Who you were. Now was it just you or joined that group or were there other people as well.

MR MASEKO: From APLA? No, it was only myself.

MR MOOIJ: Now Peter was - he was known to you, he knew what your objectives were when he took you into the group. Now at that stage he was not APLA, is that correct? Peter, he had nothing to do with APLA?

MR MASEKO: He had communication with his sender so therefore he was our courier.

MR MOOIJ: But he wasn't a member of your unit?


MR MOOIJ: Now what to your knowledge were the activities of Peter and his people at that time when you met with them and when you joined them?


MR MOOIJ: What did you know about Peter and his colleagues about their activities when you joined them?

MR MASEKO: I've stated that yesterday.

MR MOOIJ: Fine. Now at what stage did Mr Moti, if at all, did he become a member of your organisation, your Repossession Unit? Did he ever become a member?

MR MASEKO: If he became a member he became a member after I had left the place, after I had left Gauteng Province.

MR MOOIJ: When was that?

MR MASEKO: Maybe after, that was 1991 because I left Gauteng Province in 1991 to go to Eastern Cape.

MR MOOIJ: When in 1991 did you actually leave Gauteng?

MR MASEKO: I don't exactly was the day but I think it was mid year or after mid year.

MR MOOIJ: After mid year. More towards the end of the year?

MR MASEKO: Maybe it was, I'm not sure, I'm just guessing, it's just guesswork now I'm doing. It was the end of the year, or mid year, I don't remember.

MR MOOIJ: So if Mr Moti became a member of your organisation, if he became a member at all, that would have been after, you say, after you left Gauteng?


MR MOOIJ: After you left Gauteng you were still in charge of the Repossession Unit on a national basis?


MR MOOIJ: And was it ever communicated to you that Mr Moti had become a member of your unit?

MR MASEKO: Not to me.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, who will be able to tell the Committee about Mr Moti's membership if he indeed became a member. Who will be able to give the Committee that information?

JUDGE MOTATA: I think that's an unfair question because it's until he left he wasn't aware so if you say to him who would be in that position, I think it would be unfair to the witness. I suppose Mr Moti is best able to answer that question.

MR MOOIJ: Judge, with respect, Mr Maseko's evidence was that he was still in charge of this unit on a national basis and if that is so, if he was the person in charge of the unit, then surely there must be somebody in that unit who would be able to tell this Committee. A person a works with membership or who works with new recruits who would be able to tell this Committee who became members during any given time?

JUDGE MOTATA: I suppose then he must say who other he put in charge to form units, who would report to him nationally but we don't have that kind of evidence before us.

MR MOOIJ: Could I perhaps rephrase the question to Mr Maseko?

JUDGE MOTATA: Certainly, thank you.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Maseko, is there anybody in your organisation, the Repossession Unit, who was working, after you left Gauteng, who was working with the administration of membership and who would be involved with new members joining the organisation?

MR MASEKO: In APLA there were departments so if a person was recruited into APLA I wouldn't know that because I will only know of him when he is brought into my department but if he is just within APLA, I wouldn't even know who joined, who didn't join, that I wouldn't know.

MR MOOIJ: Your department being the Repossession Unit?


MR MOOIJ: So if a person, if another person joined the Repossession Unit then you would know about that?

MR MASEKO: A person who just joined the Repossession Unit, he will join APLA and after that he will become a member of -I will go and choose somebody who will recommend him to me, he will not just come from nowhere and join the Repossession Unit.

MR MOOIJ: So if a person joined the Repossession Unit at any time then you would know about that. You would have the final say?

MR MASEKO: Yes but other units that existed because we were not the only unit of APLA inside. Maybe they worked with other units or other units were doing their things but I would get the report finally.

MR MOOIJ: When you say other units or other departments you mean departments other than the Repossession Unit?


MR MOOIJ: So if he was working in an office somewhere then you wouldn't know about it?

MR MASEKO: Come again?

MR MOOIJ: If he was working in an office somewhere then you wouldn't know about it?


MR MOOIJ: But if he was working for the Repossession Unit then you would know about it?

MR MASEKO: Finally I would get a report.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you.

ADV SANDI: Can I just ask? How would you be told, to what extent would you be given information to the effect that so and so had joined the Repossession Unit, would you - let's say this person joins the Repossession Unit in Cape Town, would you be given full names, particulars of this person or would you only be given a code name? What would happen?

MR MASEKO: I wouldn't be given full names because that will be risky to give us full names. He will give code names and then the people like here specifically in Gauteng where I had Vincent Mama here who was the one who will give me the reports of what these units were doing. They were like comrade Peter will tell Vincent and Vincent will come to me. Even in Cape Town it was the same way, there were people that would report to me. Actually everywhere there were people that would report to me.

ADV SANDI: The reports, would they come to you in writing? In what form would these reports be forwarded to you?

MR MASEKO: Sometimes telephonically but you never used letters because letters will take time, or take a long time before they reach - before they come to me.

ADV SANDI: Usually how long would it have been after this particular person has joined. Would you become aware of his membership? Would it be immediately thereafter or would sometimes take quite a while before you would know?

MR MASEKO: Sometimes it will take a while, sometimes it would be immediately depending when do I get the message because I was running the whole country, going up and down, so it was easy - it was not easy for me to get the information immediately.

ADV SANDI: I take it that you would subsequently be informed of the kind of activities this particular person has been involved in on becoming a member?

MR MASEKO: Yes, Sir.

ADV SANDI: Thank you.

MR MOOIJ: Now regarding the issue of the money, Mr Maseko, once you were running this operation on a national basis and you now had these units deployed on a national basis, what would be the procedure with the money? Would it still come to you and you would then hand it over to Junior or what was the procedure?

MR MOOIJ: That is the procedure that you have said, that you have just mentioned.

MR MOOIJ: So all these units, their money would have to come to you and you would then make sure that it goes to the right place where it ultimately had to go?

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, that's what he says.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you Chairperson.

Just to go back to this Fidelity Guards incident, the actual, when the actual operation was being carried out, were you the commander of that operation, were you the person in charge?

MR MASEKO: Yes I was in charge.

MR MOOIJ: And all the members of that operation accepted that?


MR MOOIJ: Now Mr Moti, he is applying for amnesty for certain incidents. Now for instance there was an operation at Bruma Lake in Johannesburg on the 26th October 1991 during which goods and money in the amount of R500 000 was stolen. Did you receive that money?

MR MASEKO: I've said I know about this, this operation who we are specifically talking about. That one I don't know about and I don't want to talk about it and I don't want to answer things that I don't know. I'm prepared to answer about this one that I know, I'm sure of.

MR MOOIJ: Yes, I'm not trying to ask you about the operation as such, whether you were involved in it or you had any knowledge of it. Your evidence was that whenever such an operation took place, the money from these other Repossession Units had to come to you?

MR MASEKO: Exactly.

MR MOOIJ: Now I'm asking you about an incident of which Mr Moti was convicted and this involved a robbery of an amount of R500 000. Now did you on behalf of the Repossession Unit, did you receive such an amount from Mr Moti?


MR MOOIJ: Then in Dube in Soweto ...(intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: I'm sorry Mr Mooij, I've got to interrupt you unfortunately. Perhaps we can get this out very - at much less detail.

Mr Maseko, apart from this abortive attempt at robbing the Fidelity Guards, were there any other amounts in respect of any other incident where Mr Moti was allegedly involved, handed to you to hand over to your superiors in APLA?

MR MASEKO: No, we haven't received anything from them.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, thank you. Yes Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Thank you Chairperson.

Now if only two people in this group who attacked Fidelity Guards or entered Fidelity Guards were aware of your true identity and your true motives, why would the other people then, how do you explain that they all agreed to give you or to give APLA the money that they were going to take from Fidelity Guards?

MR MASEKO: I didn't get your question?

MR MOOIJ: Only two people in this group, Peter's group, who were going to enter Fidelity Guards and take the money. Only two people were aware of who you were and what your motive was for taking this money. How do you explain then your evidence that these people, the members of that group who were going to do that robbery were prepared to give you the money for your purposes if they didn't know who you were?

MR MASEKO: I don't know what Peter told them but we agreed between myself and Peter and Brian. So the other people I don't know how will they feel and what were their feelings, that I don't know but the agreement - we had an agreement with Peter and Veli.

MR MOOIJ: So is your evidence then that there was never an agreement between you and Mr Moti that the proceeds of that operation would go to you?

MR MASEKO: I never talked with Mr Moti. Mr Moti was with under Peter so when I talked to Peter already the decision we took with Peter affected him too.

MR MOOIJ: So you're merely assuming that he knew about it?


MR MOOIJ: Chairperson, I don't have any further questions at this stage.


CHAIRPERSON: Yes, thank you Mr Mooij. Ms Mtanga, any questions?

CROSS-EXAMINATION BY MS MTANGA: I have a few Chairperson.

Mr Maseko, you have testified that you met this Peter Mokoena through Vincent Mama, am I correct?


MS MTANGA: When you were introduced to Peter Mokoena, were you told - did Vincent ever tell you that Mr Mokoena was a member of the PAC or was he an APLA member or what his relationship was with PAC and APLA? Were you ever told?

MR MASEKO: Yes I was told they were never PAC members but they were working with the PAC people, that was the information I got.

MS MTANGA: Did he tell you in what way were they working with PAC people?


MS MTANGA: As the head of the Repossession Unit and a person who was introduced by Vincent Mama to Peter Mokoena, if there had been a robbery or a repossession operation being carried out by Moti and this unit where Peter Mokoena was a commander, would you have been told about those operations? That is before you carried out this Fidelity Guards, would you have been informed by Vincent Mama that these are the operations in the repossession operations that this group had carried already for the PAC and APLA?

MR MASEKO: No ma'am, I was never told anything but what I know, if they were doing anything after we have come to the agreement that there will be APLA people, all of them will be members of APLA, maybe I'll know something.

MS MTANGA: So when you were told by Vincent Mama that they were working with the PAC, what did you understand that to mean?

MR MASEKO: I understood that they are sympathisers of the PAC. That was my understanding, that they are sympathisers and they can be easily tempted into PAC or we can win them easy.

MS MTANGA: Could that have meant they carried out operations on behalf of the PAC?

MR MASEKO: I don't know if they were carrying operations on behalf of PAC or they were doing it for their own but they were prepared to sacrifice everything for the PAC after I met with them.

MS MTANGA: If they had carried out the repossession operations and you had no knowledge of these operations, how could it be said that these operations were carried on behalf of PAC or APLA if you as the head of operations had no knowledge of it?

MR MASEKO: I wouldn't know, that depended on their conscience, how fair they were. If they were really fair, I would know everything but if they were not fair maybe I wouldn't know some of the things, it will depend squarely on

their shoulders.

MS MTANGA: But Mr Maseko, if they had carried out operations prior to you meeting with them and there had been repossession operations by them where they actually obtained money or some other items and if at that time you were not told about these operations, can you now as an APLA member, as the head of this unit, say this could - could these operations be seen as operations that were carried on behalf of PAC and APLA if you had no knowledge of it?

MR MASEKO: No, I didn't have any knowledge of it.

MS MTANGA: Now could they be said to be operations carried on behalf of your organisation or not if you had no knowledge of these operations?

MR MASEKO: Please come again? I don't understand you.

MS MTANGA: Operations carried without your knowledge and they obtained items, they obtained money, they don't account to you, you don't get a report, you know nothing about these operations. As the head of the Repossession Unit, can you say that these operations were indeed operations?

MR MASEKO: If I knew nothing unless maybe they gave them say maybe to somebody who is higher than me and he tells me that the other unit did this and here are, then maybe I'll - but without my knowledge really I wouldn't.

MS MTANGA: And indeed, Mr Maseko, you've already said that all repossession operations would come to you through reports telephonically or verbally? I'm just confirming what you said earlier on?


ADV SANDI: Was it not the nature of the arrangement that things would not just happen without you knowing?

MR MASEKO: Sir, things were happening, especially anarchy, let me put it that way. There was a lot of anarchy, things were happening. That's why we were trying to put them together and try to direct them and have them - they must have direction, they mustn't do things haphazardly. That's what we were doing, trying to win them over and direct them.

ADV SANDI: If an operation like this had been carried out successfully and monies obtained, would it not have come to your knowledge that such a thing has happened, even if you were not personally involved in it? Would you not become aware subsequently to reports that are coming to you?

MR MASEKO: What do you mean is that after they have pulled a mission and then they don't report there? So finally I will know. That is true, I will know.

ADV SANDI: And if an operation like this has happened and you have not at any stage been made aware, so that cannot be an APLA operation. Is that what you're saying?

CHAIRPERSON: Or Repossession Unit operation. I thought you say that you can't speak on behalf of APLA but you can certainly speak on behalf of the Repossession Unit or did I misunderstand you. Can you speak on behalf of the entire APLA or what? On all of the APLA units or can you only speak on behalf of the RU?

MR MASEKO: Yes, I can speak on behalf of RU.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes. Yes ma'am?

MS MTANGA: Thank you Chairperson. Vincent Mama or what

position did he hold within - was he a PAC member or was he a PAC member and also a member of APLA? Can you tell this Committee what was he?

MR MASEKO: He was a PAC member. He was an APLA courier.

MS MTANGA: What is a courier, Mr Maseko?

MR MASEKO: A courier is somebody who is working for an organisation whether - well, there are two types of couriers, an aware courier and an unaware courier. Vincent was an aware courier. He knew that he was working for the PAC, he was doing things for the PAC.

MS MTANGA: Again, what things would he be doing or what things did he do for the PAC that you can recall?

MR MASEKO: Taking messages from one point to another point, taking comrades from one point to another point or even discuss other things, military things with the people, with APLA people.

MS MTANGA: Do you know of any operation that Vincent Mama was involved in and where money was accounted to you? That is money obtained from repossession operation?

MR MASEKO: In some other operations he was always our driver like in Lebanon Eating House Mission, he was there, he was our driver. In Diepkloof Police Station he was there, he was our driver, so he was always there in some other missions.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes thank you. You have said that to us yesterday, it's on record. You don't need to repeat it. Yes Ms Mtanga?

MS MTANGA: Thank you Chairperson.

Did you at any time order Vincent to order people to carry out operations? Was he ever in a position where you had given him instructions to organise a unit to carry out repossession operations?

MR MASEKO: In a case where I'm not around Gauteng I will ask him to give green light to unit that wants to perform some or execute a mission.

ADV SANDI: But had you ever given him an order to carry out an operation or to be involved in an operation similar to the one that was carried out at the Fidelity Guards company?


ADV SANDI: Sorry, Ms Mtanga.

When did you become aware for the first time that he was involved with these other people who were unknown to you?

MR MASEKO: Vincent was never involved with them but he knew them and that's why he introduced them to me but he was not working with them full time.

ADV SANDI: At what stage was it when he told you for the first time that he knew of these other people?

MR MASEKO: That was before I got to Transkei, that was in 1991.

ADV SANDI: Thank you Ms Mtanga.

MS MTANGA: Mr Maseko, I'm asking - the last question I asked you because I wanted to establish the link between Peter Mokoena and APLA activities and whether the robberies that are mentioned in Mr Moti's application where he is said to have been a commander, were they operations carried out with either your knowledge or the knowledge of Vincent Mama who was probably - who could have been in a position to give Peter Mokoena orders or not. So will I be correct to conclude that Vincent Mama was not in a position to give Peter Mokoena any order without your instructions to carry out repossession operations?


MS MTANGA: Will I also be correct to conclude that there was no operation carried out by Peter Mokoena other than the Fidelity Guards one which came to your knowledge or was accounted for by their unit?

MR MASEKO: Yes there's no operation that came to me but I don't know if they did carry out some operations without my knowledge but there never came any reports to me.

MS MTANGA: I have no further questions, Chairperson, thank you.


CHAIRPERSON: Thank you ma'am. Has the Panel got any questions?

JUDGE MOTATA: Just for clarify Chairperson.

So these people were introduced by you by Peter or Vincent?

MR MASEKO: By Vincent.

JUDGE MOTATA: Did he say how he came into contact with them?

MR MASEKO: No, he only told me that he knows them but he didn't explain further how does he know them.

JUDGE MOTATA: In your meeting with them and in respect of you people, your unit wanting to execute this mission, the Repossession Unit in your person because I understood that you were the only one from your unit. Would I be correct?


JUDGE MOTATA: What was the exact understanding about this Fidelity Guards mission?

MR MASEKO: First I was sceptical because I didn't trust them fully, that's why I was alone, I was the only APLA member because I didn't want to put other APLA members in the mission that I don't trust them wholeheartedly. That's why I went myself, to sacrifice myself if I was to be sacrificed and then my understanding was that these people were making good money, that we needed, the money that we needed, so the understanding was that we'll work with them.

JUDGE MOTATA: Because you did not know them did Vincent tell you how much money they were making?

MR MASEKO: He didn't know exactly the exact amount but he was talking about large sums of money.

JUDGE MOTATA: Then you say at some stage you went for reconnaissance of Fidelity Guards premises. What precisely were you doing there because the mission had already been identified by the group in which Moti was a member?

MR MASEKO: The main purpose was to go and satisfy myself so that I mustn't just go in something that I haven't even seen and don't even know how does the place look like. So that was the motive to go and satisfy myself.

JUDGE MOTATA: When you spoke to Moti's group, Mr Moti's group, did they indicate the amount of money would get from the Fidelity Guards.

MR MASEKO: Yes, I just said maybe we might get something like R10 000, R15 000, but when we reached there it was more than that.

JUDGE MOTATA: And if I understood you correctly you said the understanding was that this money you would take and take it to your superiors?


JUDGE MOTATA: And that is the only thing you discussed, that you work with us because my organisation needs money and that money we'd get from there I would take to my superiors, that is PAC, APLA. Is that the understanding reached there?

MR MASEKO: Yes and then we agreed that I will go with Peter together because some of them they will think maybe I'll take the money for myself along the road. So the understanding was that I will go with Peter to Botswana to take the money to Junior.

JUDGE MOTATA: Was it discussed why it should be taken to APLA because they were on their own missions. Why you started to come in and say if we get this money we'll take it to the PAC. Was there discussions about your organisation?

MR MASEKO: Yes I made it clear to them that APLA didn't have enough guns, we didn't have enough guns, we used to change hands with guns so we had to buy a lot of guns and really if we had that money we'll advance our struggle quicker than it was.

JUDGE MOTATA: You spoke of one person could not operate the gate, you were not sure whether it was automatic or not but they couldn't open at that moment. Do you recall that?


JUDGE MOTATA: Do you know who it was amongst Moti's group who couldn't do that?

MR MASEKO: No I don't remember him thoroughly but it was one of the people that I didn't know their names.

JUDGE MOTATA: Now firstly, you said when the Fidelity Guards van came, you are not sure whether they were dropping the manager or not but it picked you up from a corner at Hillbrow and there were uniforms in this van. Do you recall that?


JUDGE MOTATA: How many uniforms were in this van?

MR MASEKO: We were a group of twelve. All of us we had uniforms and there were still others left, that's why I don't know how many were there.

JUDGE MOTATA: This person of balaclava, do you recall who he was?

MR MASEKO: All of us we had balaclavas but the one who was a driver, he forgot to take his balaclava after the mission, that's why he had his balaclava on and that made their own ...(indistinct) to realise that we are not security people because security people don't wear balaclavas.

JUDGE MOTATA: Thank you Chairperson, I've got no further questions.


ADV SANDI: Just one or two questions, Chairperson.

When you went to inspect the Fidelity company's premises, what did you observe?

MR MASEKO: One, the place when you go there you had to go down, it was a basement then that was what I noticed first. Second there were surveillance cameras there. There were a lot surveillance cameras. Then I asked myself how are we going to get inside here but Peter told me that I was not to worry because they have somebody who works there inside and who will provide us with the uniforms and who will help us to get inside. Then I had no problem with that.

ADV SANDI: I understood you to say your political motives for getting involved in this mission were only known to Peter and Brian, is that correct?


ADV SANDI: The others didn't know anything, for that matter they didn't even know who you were?

MR MASEKO: I never told them myself who I was, I talked to Peter and Brian and I took it that Peter and Brian never told them and that was how we used to operate, not to expose ourselves because if they told them they would be exposing me.

ADV SANDI: You were finding yourself in a situation where your security was a matter or importance?


ADV SANDI: You were quite concerned about your own security?

MR MASEKO: Yes I was. I was.

ADV SANDI: Did you agree on any specific measures by way of precaution to ensure security? I mean you were getting involved with people you don't even know. You've said it already that you didn't really trust them. What precautions were taken to ensure that your security would not be in danger?

MR MASEKO: I don't know, when you - in terms of what?

ADV SANDI: You didn't specifically say to Peter and Brian please don't tell these people who exactly I am, it's quite dangerous for me. You didn't say that?

MR MASEKO: No, I never said that. I never said that to him but I know for a fact that he was working with Vincent and Vincent made arrangements that we need. So I thought or I took it for granted that Vincent must have briefed him.

ADV SANDI: Concerning the money now these people were getting from the missions and operations they were getting involved in, did Vincent tell you where these monies were going to or did he perhaps know anything what's happening to those monies, who was getting these monies?

MR MASEKO: No, he didn't tell me.

ADV SANDI: Thank you, that's all from me, Chairperson.

JUDGE MOTATA: Just one following from my colleague.

When you say Vincent worked with them, how was he working with them? That is Mr Moti's group? Or let's speak about Peter and Brian. How was Vincent working with them?

MR MASEKO: Actually when I said he was working with them maybe I used the wrong word but he was acquainted to Peter.

JUDGE MOTATA: Oh, so he knew Peter?


JUDGE MOTATA: And probably what Peter was doing he knew?


JUDGE MOTATA: Thank you Chairperson, I've got no further questions.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Mr Mbandazayo, re-examination?

MR MBANDAZAYO: None Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Mr Maseko you're excused. Thank you.


CHAIRPERSON: Do you want to call General Fihla?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes Chairperson, I want to call him.



General Fihla, is it correct that you are a member of the South African National Defence Force?

GEN FIHLA: It is true.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Is it also correct that before you became a member of the South African National Defence Force you were director of military intelligence in APLA?

GEN FIHLA: That is correct.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now General, do you know the applicant Thapelo Maseko?


MR MBANDAZAYO: Now is it correct that he was the head of Repossession Unit in APLA?

GEN FIHLA: It is true.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now General, can you tell us how did this unit come about in APLA?

GEN FIHLA: In actual fact the programme for repossession started as early as I think in 1981 but the problem is that at that time structurally APLA at the High Command level did not cater for such activities. Now the commander of APLA was himself personally responsible for such activities.

Secondly we did not have properly constituted units for repossession. This particular task was given to individuals. Now because of that structural deficiency we had a lot of problems in terms of command and control.

Now subsequent to that we realised that we need to restructure and for command and control purposes we needed to put this responsibility under a specific individual. Then we decided that a specific department within the High Command that was to be responsible for this was logistics and logistics at that time was under Junior. That's how he became responsible for this particular responsibility.

Then subsequent to that we took a decision that we needed to put an infrastructure that we'll have full control over such activities. This is how then Thapelo Maseko and other members were deployed inside the country, to take full control of this activity and so that they could remain accountable to the High Command through Junior who was responsible for logistics.

MR MBANDAZAYO: General, can you tell the Committee who was Junior? Who is Junior?

GEN FIHLA: Junior was a member of the High Command and he was director for logistics at that time but later on when we restructured he then became Director for Personnel. He integrated into the South African National Defence Force in 1994 and he resigned from the South African National Defence Force last year.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now was Junior his real name?

GEN FIHLA: Junior was not his real name, his real name was Andile Ntabene.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now General, you have listened to the evidence of Mr Maseko and specifically I would like to ask you, he mentioned certain people and I would like to know whether you have any idea about these people like for instance Vincent Mama?

GEN FIHLA: Vincent Mama, I knew him very well because I also worked directly with him. Vincent Mama was basically not supposed to be or linked to the Repossession Unit because initially he was, if I remember well, he was just a courier but later on he was drawn into the logistics department and within the logistics department his main function was transport so he used to bring in vehicles for us. Even the vehicle that I was driving when I was stationed in Zimbabwe came from him.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now there is a person who has been mentioned here, Peter Mokoena, and I don't know but I understand his real name is Diseko Mogwate?

GEN FIHLA: I didn't know the name Peter Mokoena because that's the name he used inside the country but the one of Diseko I knew that one. He was a trained APLA member. If I remember very well he was deployed inside the country in 1987 and then he got injured some time in 1991 if I remember very well and he died in 1992 if my memory serves me well. If that is Diseko.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now General, I would like you to dwell on the aspect of the question of repossession and the question of "criminality", whether you heard any policy on people who are alleged to be criminals. What was your policy with regard to those people and how did you deal with that?

GEN FIHLA: The starting point is that repossession is interlinked with criminality. It depends on the perspective from which one looks at it. It took us a long time firstly to accept the issue of repossession because the policy of APLA was that APLA should not find itself being involved in acts that could be called criminal. But after a long debate we then decided to say we are not criminals. That's how we coined the term repossession because we had to bring in a political connotation to that activity so that it is given a distinct identification which will be completely different from ordinary criminal activity.

After we had given it that terminology, we then decided that we were going to implement it and we were going to identify individuals who were going to do it. But the first mistake we committed was that - I remember the APLA commander used to say that you can't give this responsibility to a person who has never even stolen peaches at his early age because that person will not even know how to conduct this type of activity. By implication it meant that we had to identify people who had an inkling of what this activity was all about and therefore amongst our recruits who also came, when we recruited them, we tried to identify people with such a background to be able to undertake such an activity and that was partly our mistake because we in the process maybe lost command and control because we didn't create a structure, we just appointed these individuals and gave them that responsibility. This is basically the background on how we were identifying individuals who were supposed to perform this function.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Is it possible maybe to have some - mention some certain people that you gave this task, which come to your mind?

GEN FIHLA: Say again?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Is it possible to mention certain people that you gave, the individuals that you gave these tasks, which come to your mind, which can you think of?

GEN FIHLA: Not too sure whether I'll be implicating them but because you are requesting me to do so, as long as they are protected I'll mention one. I remember the case of comrade Borofski. I was there in Zimbabwe when we gave him that responsibility and clear instructions and we also gave him, if I remember very well, it was two scorpion pistols and ammunition as well. That is one example I can mention.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, Borofski Maselela once applied for amnesty but he withdrew it because he was released on parole. He came in I think 1998 here, he said he's no longer interested in continuing with the application. The person he is mentioning was Borofski Maselela.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, we've noted that.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now General, can you expand on this question of anarchy? I understand that you sent Maseko so that you could co-ordinate the whole thing so that it can be structured and there is a line of command, they'd report and you'd have control of the Repossession Units. Now you indicated that it was started in 1981. Now you tasked this to individuals. Can you tell us whether the other APLA units which were involved in offensive unit were also involved in Repossession Units?

GEN FIHLA: That is true. Basically the whole issue of repossession nearly got out of hand in the sense that firstly even other units that were not supposed to perform the function ended up performing the function. Units which were supposed to be specifically for operations, units which were supposed to specifically for ordinance. I think this is how also Vincent Mama was entangled into this and then it became necessary that there must be a clear line of demarcation so that the units that are involved in operations should confine themselves to operations. But this also became a little bit difficult to control in the sense that if a unit was for operations and that unit is say, happens to attack a farmer, now when they see money where they're supposed to leave it because they are not part of a Repossession Unit, that became a problem. If the commander sees that maybe this Fidelity Guard vehicle can be attacked and money could be obtained from them, was he not supposed to take initiative? That became a problem as well. But our wish was that they were supposed to get clear distinction between units that were conducting operations and units that would repossess.

Secondly, the other aspect of other became because some of the individuals tended to be corrupted which is true by the mere exposure to such resources as money and vehicles. Even some of the people who were deployed in Zimbabwe, I think it was 1983, 1984, who were supposed to be the co-ordinators of this activity ended up being richer than the organisation itself. They were driving cars which the commander of APLA was not driving. They were staying in houses which even the chairman of the PAC could not afford and this is basically the anarchy that concerned us and we were not sure whether these people were becoming rich because of the money that was supposed to come to the organisation or not. This is why then we felt a needed to have full control of such an activity.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now would then the cadres on the ground who are involved in the operation know about those things that this money sometimes don't go to where they're supposed to go?

GEN FIHLA: Sometimes they wouldn't that's why I'm referring to the individuals who were stationed in Harare who were supposed to be the co-ordinators of this activity. They ended up driving more cars than APLA had in Zimbabwe for instance.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Now let's come now to this question of Maseko. After he came inside the country did these individuals continue with these operations, those who have been operating, those they were not structured and where were they supposed to report to?

GEN FIHLA: I think the whole problem with restructuring would not have taken just one year, it needed to take a lot of time or a long time relatively. In the first place I think the mistake we also committed was that some of the people that were deployed were not introduced to Thapelo. This is one mistake which I see possibly we committed as well ourselves. Like if I listen to the evidence of Thapelo, I don't think he knew this Diseko. As far as he was concerned Diseko was just one of the people who were inside the country and that he was somebody who came from outside. And I think the gap as well was created by the fact that Diseko was deployed inside the country in 1987 and if I remember very well that is the exact year in which Thapelo arrived in Dar-es-Salaam, if I'm not mistaken. So they never met outside the borders of the R.S.A. So that's why maybe there was that gap in between.

But secondly, as well, our structure on the ground was so - that's why we had to restructure the directorate of operations because initially it was under Banishla Kwayo, but then we realised a lot of structural problems. Then Siayo was appointed into that post then still there were a lot of structural problems. Then Lethlapa Mpahlele was appointed to head the directorate of operations to be able to restructure operations and activities on the ground.

MR MBANDAZAYO Now finally General do you - have you ever heard about the applicant Vontjie Moti or Mr Mzimkhulu Moti?


MR MBANDAZAYO: Now would you be in a position to know any other operatives who were never outside the country, some of them?

GEN FIHLA: I wouldn't know about any operative who was inside the country who was never linked to my activities or operations. I wouldn't.

MR MBANDAZAYO: That is all Chairperson at this stage.


CHAIRPERSON: Thank you Mr Mbandazayo. Mr Mooij, any questions?


General, do you know Mr Moti?


MR MOOIJ: To your knowledge was he ever part of your structure?

GEN FIHLA: I wouldn't guess that because I didn't know him.

MR MOOIJ: Yes but my question to you is not based on your personal acquaintance of him, my question is based on whether you're aware whether he was part of your structure?

GEN FIHLA: I only saw him today but if maybe I had an opportunity to refer to the list of the APLA prisoners which we have, I'm not too sure if his name is not there. So if I had that opportunity we could refer to the list of APLA prisoners and check if his name is not there.

MR MOOIJ: Could you do that and advise this Committee accordingly?

GEN FIHLA: I could check on that.

MR MOOIJ: Your evidence here today is in support of Mr Maseko's applicant, is that correct?


MR MOOIJ: Do you support Mr Moti's application?

GEN FIHLA: I was not told about it. Maybe it was an error on the part of the legal representative as well because for me to come here, I was only informed about comrade Thapelo Maseko.

MR MOOIJ: So an application in respect of Mr Moti was never placed before you?

GEN FIHLA: It was not indicated to me.

MR MOOIJ: Now seeing that you went into the whole objective of these Repossession Units, you mentioned that they were formed during the early 1980s. Now my question to you is this, seeing that in February of 1990, political parties who were unbanned, there could be free political activity, is there any justification under those circumstances for an organisation such as yours to continue with what would otherwise be called criminal activities in order to raise funds?

GEN FIHLA: The official APLA position was that whatever was happening inside the country in the form of negotiations was irrelevant. This is why APLA continued with this operation until as early as 1994. We only took an official decision to stop with operations I think late in 1993 when we also persuaded the PAC leadership to participate in the negotiations. But one problem that we also had at that time when we took that decision was to communicate that decision to our units on the ground. So it took us up to the middle of 1994 to could safely say we had communicated that decision which was taken in 1993. So if any operation took place in 1992 it still fell within the scope of APLA policy.

MR MOOIJ: But General, your policy from a military point of view is one thing but when it comes to - you could obviously before 1990, you could not raise money in South Africa legitimately for an unbanned organisation. Once it became unbanned, surely there were legitimate avenues open to an organisation such as yourself, to raise funds anywhere, either here or abroad? There was no need to resort to crime against innocent organisations and their employees in order to get money?

GEN FIHLA: In fact the contrary is true. Prior to 1992 it was a little bit easier to get more money because the international organisations that were supporting the PAC and therefore APLA were prepared to provide resources and money but after Mr de Klerk's speech of 1992 a lot of such organisations and governments became sceptical and doubtful on whether they would be doing a service to the South African political situation if they contributed funds to the PAC. So the requirement for more funds became even more important to APLA.

MR MOOIJ: General, I want to ask you about the management controls that existed within your organisation when it comes to the control of funds and especially receiving them from these units. Would you tell the Committee about those controls, how you would control the funds coming from various units?

GEN FIHLA: Like I indicate, funds were only coming from two units. Firstly it is the Repossession Unit and secondly from the Logistics Unit. Now the Logistics Unit basically was not expected to submit funds in the form of cash but their function was to provide the logistics, as you know logistics, things like vehicle, things like drugs, medicines, clothing and so on and the Repossession Unit was expected to provide funds in the form of cash. The directorate that was responsible for that was the directorate of logistics and the various units had their heads. The Repossession Units were under Thapelo Maseko.

MR MOOIJ: Now General, is this what you've just outlined, is that peculiar only to APLA or does that pertain to the PAC as a whole?

GEN FIHLA: It was peculiar to APLA. The PAC had a secretary for finance, who was responsible for finance and APLA did not have a person responsible for finance.

MR MOOIJ: Now did the APLA Repossession Unit have anything to do with the PAC finance department?

GEN FIHLA: They didn't have anything to do with the PAC finance department. The PAC used to provide funds through the commander of APLA and the commander of APLA alone through his Chief of Staff where those funds would be channelled.

MR MOOIJ: If I could perhaps in order just to clarify this issue, General, as far as the raising of funds and certainly the other things that you mentioned, what's the responsibility of the logistics department, from a PAC perspective? Would all these activities, the logistics and the fund raising through the Repossession Units, would that be exclusively within the domain of APLA?

GEN FIHLA: That is correct but the problem that arose was when we created a task force for the PAC. Now a task force was structure which we created purely for security reasons in the PAC and these are the people who were trained militarily. But the purpose of training them was just purely for security reasons. And then a problem arose because the members of the task force ended up conducting APLA operations. So that's how some of the PAC activities ended up being intertwined with APLA activities.

MR MOOIJ: General, I understood your evidence earlier by way of analogy when you explained the problem, you said what would happen if there was an operation aimed at a farm, for instance, and then the monies were found and what would they do with it. That I understand but it still was exclusively APLA's business to conduct these repossession things so the robberies and that, that were done specifically to generate money, that was only for APLA?


MR MOOIJ: Now these people who performed these operations, these repossession operations, were they entitled to keep any of the money for themselves?

GEN FIHLA: We sat down and discussed that issue extensively. I think it was after a few experiences as well. One such an experience is when I think it was members in the Transkei who had repossessed some funds and because in the house they were occupying had no furniture, then they decided to go and buy furniture for the house which house belonged to APLA. But that had a serious breach of security. What they did I think they went and bought furniture worth over R48 000 cash and when they went to buy that furniture they were wearing dirty overalls and the first impression they created to the manager of that furniture shop was that the cash they were paying with was fake and the manager was a bit worried and he called the police. When the police came that completely compromised that operation, it led to the arrest of the members. Now we draw from such experiences, we then decided that before members can decide to spend monies, they must first report to them so that the proper way of expending such funds could be implemented. But this also became difficult to implement as well because some of the operatives conducted such operations without funds and then they decided to take the initiative and spend some of the funds for things like food and so on. So in the final analysis, it also depended on the explanations they were giving and the amounts that they claimed that they had obtained from such operations.

Now if, for instance, that's why we took the decision that anything above R3000 needs to be declared because we found it to ridiculous to say if people tried to rob something they got R600 and they have no food and then they must first take that money to somebody before they could buy food.

MR MOOIJ: General, were these operatives, were they ever paid a salary or any other allowance?

GEN FIHLA: Not at all.

MR MOOIJ: To your knowledge did Mr Moti or Mr Peter Mokoena or his name is also Diseko at the time, ever account to you or anybody else in your command for money that they obtained through repossessions?

GEN FIHLA: No, because they were not supposed to account it to me because I had nothing to do with the Repossession Units, I was responsible for intelligence.

MR MOOIJ: So the proper procedure would then be for them to account to Mr Maseko?

GEN FIHLA: To Mr Maseko, his deputy or even the Director of Operations if Mr Maseko his deputy were not there or even the director for logistics himself.

MR MOOIJ: Could they account to Junior?

GEN FIHLA: They could account to Junior if they are under his structures.

MR MOOIJ: General, are you aware of any organisations or criminal groups operating in South Africa during the period say 1990 to 1993 under the guise of the PAC or APLA where this was in fact not the case at all?

GEN FIHLA: In my capacity as director for intelligence, this is one of the things I was tasked to look at because the whole responsibility that APLA had was that we needed to take responsibility for our actions. Initially we had a policy not to claim our operations but later on we realised that we were doing ourselves a disservice in the sense that if we didn't claim the operations other organisations claimed to them and therefore people thought that APLA was not doing anything.

And secondly, we realised that anybody could do anything in the name of APLA. A lot of other activities which would have been a inimical to APLA's position were taking place, things like rape and so on and the people who conducted such activities would leave graffiti on the walls saying "APLA was here". Then we decided that we'll try and take full responsibility and claim our operations. So definitely there were some of the incidents or criminal activities or any other activities you might call it which could have been conducted in the name of APLA, yes.

MR MOOIJ: Specifically robberies, were you aware of those being conducted in the name of APLA or under the guise of APLA where this was not the case at all?

GEN FIHLA: Specifically with robberies we didn't have any incident that we could point at.

MR MOOIJ: When was this decision taken, General, to claim responsibility where it was in fact APLA that was involved?

GEN FIHLA: I can't remember the year but it was taken at an official High Command meeting.

MR MOOIJ: Would that be before 1990 or was it thereafter?

GEN FIHLA: If my memory serves me well it could have been between 1988 and 1989 because I was military attaché then.

MR MOOIJ: So if I understand you correctly, it would definitely have been before 1990?

GEN FIHLA: It could have been '88, '89, '90 because like I'm saying I was defence attaché then.

MR MOOIJ: Now if APLA was involved in these operations, if I understand your evidence correctly, they would then officially claim responsibility therefore?

GEN FIHLA: We had a structure to claim responsibility as well. In this meeting where we took this decision we said the people who will take full responsibility to claim such operations will be the APLA operatives themselves. Our main reason for that was that some of High Command members who seemed to enjoy a lot of publicity merely compromised some of our operatives on the ground because when an official position came that such an operation was undertaken by APLA then they would immediately publish that without considering the security implications on the operatives on the ground. We then decided to give that responsibility to the unit commanders themselves to take that responsibility. That's why there was this one popular name called the ...(indistinct) because that person was given full responsibility to claim whatever operation they deemed fit for security reasons to claim.

MR MOOIJ: Was it the instruction that they had to claim responsibility?

GEN FIHLA: No, the instruction was that they could claim operations.

MR MOOIJ: So they had a discretion?

GEN FIHLA: They had a discretion.

MR MOOIJ: Now as far as these repossession operations were concerned, would this question to publicise or to claim responsibility therefore, would that lie with Mr Maseko?

GEN FIHLA: It would lie with Mr Maseko, it would also lie with the Director of Operations because it had other implications. If I can make one example as well. In one incident, I think it was in Pimville, a unit conducted an operation at a place adjacent to where the Director of Operations was staying and the problem was that they didn't know that the Director of Operations was in that particular vicinity. Now if they had claimed responsibility for that particular operation that could have jeopardised his presence in that particular area. So that's why we said the discretion remained with the operatives on the ground themselves.

MR MOOIJ: But just to clarify, General, when I asked you about Mr Maseko, would it lie - would the people reporting to him, in other words the people below him in the chain of command, would they have the right to make claims on behalf of APLA?

GEN FIHLA: Yes, they could have the right to claim.

MR MOOIJ: General, do you know a Themba Radebe?


MR MOOIJ: Are you aware that he was convicted with Mr Moti in a criminal trial in 1993?


MR MOOIJ: General, where persons involved in these activities, these repossession activities, when they were arrested and they were tried in court for that, would that then come to APLA's knowledge invariably?

GEN FIHLA: It would come.

MR MOOIJ: So if - let me ask you another question, if these operations were carried out and under the authority of APLA or under the authority, can find it more, the Repossession Unit and the people were arrested and tried therefore, would you have knowledge thereof?

GEN FIHLA: The Directorate of Personnel would have knowledge of that.

MR MOOIJ: You yourself wouldn't have knowledge?

GEN FIHLA: I would only receive a report either through the Director of Operations if it concerned intelligence or through the Directorate of Personnel. I would know that.

MR MOOIJ: You would know that?


MR MOOIJ: So you had no knowledge of the matters for which Mr Radebe and Mr Moti stood trial as being APLA operations?

GEN FIHLA: I don't have any knowledge of that, not that maybe I didn't get it before because I didn't know those names, no.

MR MOOIJ: But if it was an APLA operation you would have known about it, is that what you're saying?

GEN FIHLA: What I'm trying to say is I would know about APLA operations through the Director of Operations. This is why we compiled a list of our prisoners because we had a policy that all the members of APLA who were in prison and their operations for which they have been convicted were supposed to be reported, it was. Then through that mechanism I would know.

MR MOOIJ: General, when do you think that list could be made available of the prisoners?

GEN FIHLA: I can phone the office, we have a defence headquarters and check how long it can take to provide such a list.

MR MOOIJ: My learned colleague just asked me here whether it's possible that that list could be faxed to the Committee?

GEN FIHLA: It could be possible, I could phone.

MR MOOIJ: I can't speak on behalf of the Committee but I'm sure it will be appreciated. If we could perhaps arrange that during the lunch adjournment it would be of great assistance.

GEN FIHLA: I will make an attempt.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you General.

General, regarding your evidence especially the evidence concerning the examples that you mentioned of the people in Zimbabwe and so on, where people were doing things which they were supposed to do on behalf of the organisation or under the guise of the organisation and they did that, the true facts then showed that they were not doing that on behalf of the PAC or they were not carrying out their duties, in other words they were doing it to enrich themselves. How would, in your opinion, it affect that, in terms of you tried to draw the distinction between normal criminality and criminality where it was involving a political aspect. Now where those people acted outside of their mandate or acted - the only one who benefited were themselves, how would that fall into your distinction that you drew?

GEN FIHLA: I didn't say they were the only ones who benefited. The organisation continued to benefit but our worry was, was the organisation benefiting the way it was supposed to benefit and I said it as well that unfortunately when you deal with things like money it is very difficult to say then the most genuine people cannot be tempted. That's why we can talk about Dr Boesak today, the whole ...(indistinct), it doesn't mean that because of what he has been convicted for. He was not a politician but when a person is exposed to money temptation comes in but that temptation does not then nullify who that person is, that's basically what I was trying to say.

But what we were trying to do was to try and have full control over such an activity, to try and minimise temptation to the bare minimum.

MR MOOIJ: I appreciate that, General, but what remains is this, is that in terms of the jurisdiction of this commission, this Committee, an act has to fall within, any act performed, in order to qualify for amnesty, it has to fall within certain clearly defined parameters.


MR MOOIJ: Now where person says he is doing this on behalf of the PAC or on behalf of APLA and this is not the case at all, or partially so, does he then in your opinion fall within the ambit of, that he can come here and say I did this for the PAC and therefore I'm entitled to amnesty?

GEN FIHLA: I think you are putting me in a difficult position if I'm to express an opinion. What I want to do here is to express facts and not opinions because my problem would be if a person conducts such an act and he gets one million and he decides to take R50 000 from that one million and use it for his personal benefit and give R150 000 to the organisation, how will I classify that? Now it will be based on my morals to say he should not even have taken a cent and I wouldn't like therefore to express my opinion on the basis of morals. I would like to excuse myself from that question.

MR MOOIJ: Certainly, Chairperson, it's also neither for you or for myself to usurp the functions of this Committee. I'm not trying to do that at all but you made a clear distinction. You said there's criminality, especially when it comes to robberies and that but there is also another side to that and that is when it's done for purposes of politics and it's justified. That was our starting point and that is why I asked you this question.

Now like in this case, for instance, Mr Maseko gave evidence and he said that the operation was being planned by other people, not Maseko. He then came, he got involved and then the whole emphasis changed and the money was going to go to the PAC. Do you remember that evidence?


MR MOOIJ: Now what would be then the situation from a PAC perspective or an APLA perspective of the other people who were performing this operation but who were not part of the unit, of the Repossession Unit?

GEN FIHLA: That's why I was avoiding to put opinions. I'll put the APLA position.


GEN FIHLA: The APLA position was that we were going to take full responsibility for any member who conducted whatever act or activity on behalf of APLA. If any member conducted activities on his or her own behalf, then APLA would not be held responsible. That was an APLA official position.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you General, that's ultimately what I was aiming at, yes.

ADV SANDI: Just to make a bit of a follow up of that?

General, having listened to the testimony of Mr Maseko, do you accept that in the situation he was involved in, he was acting in furtherance of the aims and goals of the organisation?

GEN FIHLA: Who, Mr Maseko?

ADV SANDI: Mr Maseko.


ADV SANDI: Thank you.

MR MOOIJ: Is that in respect of the Fidelity Guards incident?

ADV SANDI: Yes the Fidelity Guards incident.

MR MOOIJ: Chairperson, is it possible that we could - I see it's nearly 1 o'clock, that I could just peruse my notes during lunch hour? Perhaps I just have one or two questions left for the General.

CHAIRPERSON: That's exactly the problem, Mr Mooij. I don't want to keep the General here any longer than it's absolutely necessary. I had actually intended to finish off his testimony before I adjourn so what I'm prepared to do is to give you a few moments to look at your notes. I certainly intend to take an hour's adjournment and to come back here and to listen to two questions when we could have finished his testimony.

MR MOOIJ: I understand, Chairperson, but especially in view of the list that the General will attempt to find over the lunch hour, I'd like to peruse that before I conclude my questions to the General.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, well I don't know if that makes much difference to his testimony. I thought that that was something that he will see if he can lay his hands on and then present to the Committee at which stage you can have a look at it if you wanted to and if it's necessary, if you can persuade us that there is something that the General must come and clarify in regard to the list then of course we can consider that. If you are telling me that you're virtually at the end of your cross-examination and as usually happens you want to make sure that you've covered everything, then of course I'm prepared to give you a brief opportunity to do that but you know, if you're saying that we must take an hour's adjournment and you might come back and ask two questions then of course, you know, I wouldn't be very keen to do that.

MR MOOIJ: Yes Chairperson, but it is the lunch hour virtually in any event, we're five minutes away from it.

CHAIRPERSON: Well, you know, you're not in a court, I must remind you unfortunately. As I've said to you, look we are working under time constraints. We started late this morning, we've got a responsibility to everybody who has an interest in these proceedings and unfortunately, you know, these sort of conventions don't really bind us completely. So if it's 1 o'clock and you've got one question, I'm not going to adjourn till 2 to allow you to come back and ask a question, so please understand that and try and assist us. I'm trying to be difficult with you, I'm asking you to assist.

MR MOOIJ: I understand that Chairperson. If we could have a ten minute adjournment, I would appreciate it?

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, we'll do that. We'll stand down for 10 minutes and reconvene.






Chairperson, I'm indebted to the Committee for the indulgence to let the matter stand down for a few minutes.

General, to return to the question of the list. Now you explained about the sensitivity of certain of these operations in that it could compromise the security of various of your members. Now with an operation such as the Repossession Unit, where people carrying out those functions were arrested, let's say only some of them were arrested and others got away, then surely their security would be at risk. Now did you compile the list that you referred to at the time when the people were arrested or when they were tried or was a list compiled at a much later date, say for instance when they applied for amnesty?

GEN FIHLA: The list was fully compiled because what happened is we had the documentation for operations. Unfortunately most of that documentation was confiscated by the police when they raided our house in Umtata because we were incidenting all the operations that we were undertaking because our aim was to keep archives for APLA history and APLA activities. Unfortunately those documents were confiscated. But subsequent to that, what we tried and did in 1994 when we integrated, because this list was also mostly driven by fact that we wanted to make sure that all genuine APLA members are recognised for what they did and also that they should be given an opportunity also to be integrated. So then we started recompiling it again in 1994.

MR MOOIJ: So in 1994 when you started compiling that list would that be then of people who were in prison at the time?

GEN FIHLA: Yes, people who were in prison at the time.

MR MOOIJ: And would you then check to see what those people were in prison for and whether they were involved with APLA activities?

GEN FIHLA: Yes tasked them, General Mkwaneni who moved around the prisons as well to see the APLA members who were in prison and also to make sure that all those were in prison also were catered for because our driving force like as I'm saying was the integration process.

MR MOOIJ: I understand that but once you had made a list of the APLA people who were in prison at the time in 1994, did you then try and reconcile that list with actual APLA activities?

GEN FIHLA: We tried to reconcile that list because our whole aim was to confirm that the people who were in that list were genuine APLA members because we were concerned as well that there could be other people who could claim to be APLA members so we made an attempt. I'm not too sure whether that attempt was watertight but we did make an attempt to make sure that the people who would be put into that list are genuine APLA members. We did make that attempt.

MR MOOIJ: What would be the situation of people who assisted APLA in carrying out some of these operations but who were not members?

GEN FIHLA: That's why I said we had a problem with the task force which we established for the PAC because officially and clinically speaking, those members were not APLA members but unfortunately because they began to recognise themselves to be APLA members by virtue of the training that were given to them, then they started conducting operations. The APLA High Command, they had to take a decision on that one, then we decided and said those task force members who wanted to be involved in APLA operations then can be involved in APLA operations as long as they will conduct those operations under the command structure of APLA, not on their own.

MR MOOIJ: These so-called Repossession Units, that carried the name Repossession Units, how big an organisation was that, how many people were involved there?

GEN FIHLA: I cannot be sure about the numbers.

MR MOOIJ: Did you know a lot of them?

GEN FIHLA: I didn't know a lot of them.

MR MOOIJ: Will it be safe to say, General, that the list, if a person who claims to be involved in repossession activities on behalf of the PAC, if his name does not appear on that list that you mentioned, would it then be safe to say that the probabilities are very strong that that person was not performing any of those, say robberies, for instance, on behalf of APLA?

GEN FIHLA: Yes, I can safely say so.

MR MOOIJ: So if his name is not there then he would not be associated with APLA?

GEN FIHLA: The probability is that he will not, yes.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you General, no further questions.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Ms Mtanga?

CROSS-EXAMINATION BY MS MTANGA: Yes Chairperson, I have a few questions.

General Fihla, you mentioned that Diseko was deployed in the country in 1987?


MS MTANGA: Then Diseko was later made the head of repossessions in 1989?


MS MTANGA: What was the position of Diseko in relation to Maseko when Maseko had formed this new Repossession Unit, was he supposed to account to Maseko or did he account to somebody else?

GEN FIHLA: Specifically Maseko was not deployed for repossession, he was deployed for operations. Now that's why I'm saying I don't know how he got linked up with Maseko and repossessions. When he was deployed in 1987 he was specifically deployed for operations.

MS MTANGA: If a person - was he a commander?

GEN FIHLA: He was supposed to command his unit.

MS MTANGA: And ...(intervention)

ADV SANDI: Did he have people working under him?

GEN FIHLA: He was supposed to have people working under him.

MS MTANGA: In the event here, he carried out operations that he was expected by APLA to carry. Who was he supposed to report to?

GEN FIHLA: He was supposed to report to the Director of Operations.

MS MTANGA: Being Lethlapa Mpahlele?

GEN FIHLA: Being Lethlapa Mpahlele later on because Lehlapa was not Director of Operations '87, it was Bani Hlatse in 1987.

MS MTANGA: And then in the event where people who worked with Diseko, that is his unit members, in the event they were arrested. Would their names, for any commanders - let's leave Diseko. Would any commander who died before 1994 and where people were arrested and were working with him and doing things on behalf of APLA, how would your command ensure that these people would be included in the list?

GEN FIHLA: Basically, two departments would be responsible. The first department is that of operations because the Director of Operations is supposed to account for the members that were under his department who were conducting operations, whether they'd be in repossession or whatever, as long as they were responsible for operations.

Then the second department that would be accountable was that of personnel because the Directorate of Personnel was supposed to account for any personnel losses or increases or any changes in the personnel structure of APLA. So those were the two departments.

MS MTANGA: In relation to the APLA policy what would be the status of operations carried out by Diseko, specifically repossession operations, what would be their status in the event where in the circumstances now that he never reported to Maseko and he was never tasked with repossessions?

GEN FIHLA: There are two probabilities. The first one is that if he conducted such operations for his personal gain, then that would not have been done on behalf of APLA and if he was arrested or anything but have happened to have been him, APLA would not take responsibility for that. But if he shall have done that on behalf of the organisation despite the fact that he went outside his mandate to conduct operations, APLA will still take responsibility but with the necessary caution. Like I made an example that we had a problem despite the fact that we'd given the units clear instructions not to participate in other units' responsibilities but it became difficult for us to say to a unit when it comes across money whether they should take it or not. So that was the problem we had.

Now it is true that some of the units tried to tell lies to their leadership so that they could justify their activities of going beyond their mandate. That is true as well.

MS MTANGA: General Fihla, we have an application by Mr Moti where he is applying for several repossession operations, where huge amounts of money were obtained and my question now is, if these monies were not accounted to Maseko who was the head of the Repossession Unit, wouldn't this have come to the knowledge of the APLA command in another way?

GEN FIHLA: It would depend on who their commander was at that time if they were conducting those operations on behalf of APLA and secondly whether that commander of theirs was reporting to Maseko or was reporting to Mpahlele or was reporting to the ...(indistinct). I'm talking about in Zimbabwe, because we had cases of members having brought in a lot of goods to the organisation outside but those goods never reached the organisation but the people inside the country did bring those goods. Now it becomes a problem now to say the person who got the goods to these people outside and the people decided to use these goods for their own goods, now whether we'll say a person did not report this thing. Now it becomes a problem.

Now by saying this, I'm not saying my colleague here did that, because I was not involved and I don't know of his operations but I'm just trying to give some of the problems that we had. The fellows I spoke about in Harare specifically who became richer than the organisation itself, is because they were receiving some of these things and receiving them on behalf of the organisation but they never submitted them to the organisation themselves. So those are the problems that were there but definitely such booty, if it was obtained, it was supposed to be submitted to the organisation.

MS MTANGA: My last question to you General, the list that you have referred to, you indicated that you have a name of a person and the incidence that he is in prison for or convicted for, am I correct?

GEN FIHLA: The incidence might not necessarily be put but the list, because that is an official list which was given also to the Chief of the SANDF, so when it comes it can also be collaborated with the list that is in possession to the Chief of the South African Defence Force because it was submitted for purposes of securing the members who were in prison so that they could gain access as well to the integration process.

MS MTANGA: Did this list include people who were members of the task force?

GEN FIHLA: Some of them yes, they were included.

MS MTANGA: Thank you Chairperson, no further questions.


CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Has the Panel got any questions?

ADV SANDI: Just one or two, Chairperson, thank you very much.

General Fihla, concerning the list, just very briefly, how perfect, how reliable would you say this list of names is?

GEN FIHLA: I would say 95 percent reliable.

ADV SANDI: Do you exclude the possibility of a name or names of persons appearing in this list, people who should not be there?

GEN FIHLA: That's why I'm giving it 95 percent. There was no way we could possibly be 100 percent correct but we tried our best to try and move around and check the people who were in prison and also tried to talk to the people who were responsible for operations for them to confirm whether they knew such people or not. We tried our best but there is still the possibility of that 5 percent.

ADV SANDI: Lastly, you were talking about people outside the country using the name of APLA to enrich themselves. Do you exclude such possibility inside the country?

GEN FIHLA: No, I don't.

ADV SANDI: Thank you. Thank you Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Re-examination Mr Mbandazayo?

RE-EXAMINATION BY MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson, only one aspect.

Now on the last aspect, General, you indicated that there were people - goods were received from inside and were given to people, some in Harare and they did not declare them to the organisation. Would the ordinary cadres on the ground who were performing these tasks on behalf of the organisation know that these goods were not handed over to the relevant structures and used for the benefit of the organisation?

GEN FIHLA: They wouldn't know. I remember when I met Vincent Mama, he asked me about two vehicles which he didn't see at our office in Harare but when he spoke to me about it, those vehicles, I knew those vehicles but they were belonging to individuals. Only then did the organisation know that these vehicles were actually sent to Harare to be used by the organisation, not by the individuals. So that indicated that the members on the ground might not have suddenly known that the monies they give to certain individuals did not reach the coffers of the organisation.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you, that is all, Chairperson.


CHAIRPERSON: Thank you Mr Mbandazayo. Yes, General Fihla, thank you very much. You are excused.

GEN FIHLA: Thank you.


CHAIRPERSON: Is that the case for Mr Maseko, Mr Mbandazayo?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes, Chairperson, that's the case for Mr Maseko.

CHAIRPERSON: We'll adjourn at this stage and we'll reconvene at 2.30.






CHAIRPERSON: Yes Mr Mbandazayo, do you want Mr Moti to be sworn in or is there something you want to put on record?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes Chairperson. Chairperson, I would like to put on record that at page 17, what is termed Operation 2. Chairperson, in the affidavit that you were given of Vontjie I think it is separate, now I was looking, because it was extracted from another bundle because it was not there. It's page 2, Operation 2, Chairperson. The applicant is withdrawing his application in respect of this matter, the reason being that he was not involved in this operation but he was framed and as a result he was convicted of this operation but he was never there. He even confessed to it because he was tortured and he agreed that he participated in it but he was never involved in that. Stembele Kala was involved with the other unit, Vincent Mama and Peter Mokoena. So that's the reason the applicant is withdrawing his application, with respect, because he was never involved. So he was convicted of it.

Thank you, Chairperson, the other thing, page 2 at paragraph 6, he wanted to - where he was, early in '90 he was sent to Transkei for training under Thapelo Maseko, Chairperson.


MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I'll check with my notes, I think it was when I was taking it during the typing process, there many affidavits where it's said there some people are trained by Maseko so it was put there as Maseko. Then I checked in my notes when I was consulting. It was Tafara Rafara, the name which was supposed to be there.

CHAIRPERSON: How do you spell that?


CHAIRPERSON: And his surname?



MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, the others are just misprints Chairperson which we'll correct in the process, in the application.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, is there anything else or do you want me to swear him in first?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes, Chairperson, he can be sworn in.

CHAIRPERSON: Let's do that first.



Chairperson, it has been brought by my learned - by the Evidence Leader to my attention that the application which we have just finished, Mr Moti has not applied for it, the one which he was involved with Mr Maseko and Chairperson, I've brought it to her attention that according to my knowledge he applied for it and in the hand-written one it was Operation 22, in his hand-written application where there was an annexure, Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: ...(inaudible)

MR MBANDAZAYO: 22 Chairperson. It ends at 21 on the hand-written one so it was 22, Chairperson. So I don't what is the position because the reason why I made the affidavit, even with Maseko. I consulted him on this because it appeared then as one of the incidents. I don't know, now it does not appear and in the affidavit in which we are were to use E, we did not include it, we'd include with Maseko where he was going to do with Maseko as the affidavit and with Operation 9, it was Operation number 10 because we consolidated all because when he was sentenced they were separated because there were attempted murders and all but they flow from one incident so hence we shortened them to 9 or to 10 operations.

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Mbandazayo, you don't have possibly a copy of the hand-written annexure which ...(inaudible). It just accommodates Operation 21. I was just trying to see if we can't lay our hands on the rest of that of that annexure. 31? Yes. You wouldn't have that Ms Mtanga?

MS MTANGA: No Chairperson, I do not have but I have requested the office that deals with the original applications to check if we have the 8th page of the annexure because I actually doubt if there is such a page because he seemed to me to have completed this application by saying that for further charges you can find them in the court documents. If you check at the bottom of page 10. But to guard ourselves against any mistake I've made a quick request that they check if there is such a page and then if there is it will be faxed to us as soon as possible.


MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I would suggest for purposes of time, let's continue with the other ones which are ...(indistinct) and proceed with the matter.

CHAIRPERSON: Well, in any case, I mean it seems that it's clear from the testimony of Mr Maseko as well that the present applicant was involved in that particular incident and at the foot of page 10 it does refer us to the official records which would contain that but I assume now that he has been charged with that incident?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes, he was never charged with that incident, Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Oh he wasn't charged with it?

MR MBANDAZAYO: No, he was not charged with that one.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes. Well let's proceed with the others and see if we can get a feedback from the office in the meantime.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson.

Mr Moti, do you confirm that this affidavit was made by yourself and you abide by its contents?

MR MOTI: ...(inaudible)

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I'll proceed and read the affidavit for purposes of the record.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, perhaps you must just get him to confirm paragraph 6 in the amendment that you wanted to have effected there?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson.

Mr Moti do you confirm the contents of paragraph 6, as amended, that you were not trained under Mr Maseko but you were trained by Tafara Rafara?

MR MOTI: Yes and the fact that I was trained 1990 to early 1991. Late 1990 to early 1991.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Which is December 1990 to early 1991?

MR MOTI: Yes to early 1991.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Can I proceed to read Chairperson?

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, carry on.


"I, the undersigned, Vontjie Mzimkhulu Moti do hereby make an oath and say that I'm the applicant in the undermentioned operations. The facts to which I depose herein are true and correct and within my personal knowledge unless the contents state otherwise.

I was born in Soweto, Gauteng, on the 19th November 1963 and have three children. I'm the third born at home out of six children. I left school at Standard 8 in 1983 due to financial reasons. In the same year I joined PAC through Azanyo and I was encroached to APLA the same year by my uncle, Adam Ati Lewate. During 1984 I was arrested ..."


MR MOTI: Sorry, it was uncle's friend. Uncle's friend.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Okay. Chairperson, correction:

"I was encroached to APLA, same year, by my uncle's friend Adam Lewate."

MR MOTI: Sorry, you misunderstand. APLA ...(inaudible) that ... (intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Mbandazayo, you've read that. Don't you want to just revert back to the applicant to let him correct whatever he wants on record in respect of that particular paragraph number 4?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson.

MR MOTI: In the same year I joined ...(intervention)


MR MOTI: Yes, the same year. Adam Lewate was my uncle's friend.

JUDGE MOTATA: Would it be Ata or Ati?

MR MOTI: Yes it's Adam Ati Lewate.

JUDGE MOTATA: Adam or what?

MR MOTI: Adam Ati Lewate.

CHAIRPERSON: Is that the only amendment you want to make to paragraph 4, Mr Moti?

MR MOTI: Yes, to paragraph 4.

CHAIRPERSON: Oh, you're happy with the rest of paragraph 4?


CHAIRPERSON: Alright. You can then proceed, Mr Mbandazayo, and whenever there is something that your client wants to correct then perhaps you must just lead him on that and then correct it there and then.


"During 1984 I was arrested and sentenced for repossessing a car. I was released on the 15th January 1986. On my release my uncle introduced me to APLA commander Diseko Peter Mogwate who died in 1992."

MR MOTI: Sorry. During 1994 I was arrested and sentenced for repossessing a car. I was released on the 15th January 1986. On my release - no, because I was not introduced by Diseko to ...(indistinct), maybe he made a mistake there. That's why ...(indistinct).

JUDGE MOTATA: Would you switch your mikes off because you're going to make a mess of our records.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you. Chairperson, for purposes I'll read the written one on his history with the PAC because it seems as if we - on this one.

CHAIRPERSON: Will it now be - if your client has a look at the rest of the affidavit to just make sure that you know that where it needs to be corrected? It ...(indistinct) time if we were to stand down for a very brief moment to just allow you to do that and then perhaps just deal with the affidavit in all one go or are you happy to ...(intervention)

MR MOTI: I'd appreciate that. I would appreciate an opportunity to browse through the affidavit, observing some mistakes.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes very well. We'll stand down. Won't you just deal with that Mr Mbandazayo and let us reconvene as quickly as possible?

MR MBANDAZAYO: I'll do that Chairperson, thank you.



CHAIRPERSON: Yes, Mr Mbandazayo?

MR MBANDAZAYO: (continues) Yes Chairperson, thank you. In order to catch up with time, Chairperson, what I will do is that as I am reading I'll make corrections on those aspects.


MR MBANDAZAYO: Thank you Chairperson. Chairperson, I'll proceed and read paragraph 5. I was on paragraph 5:

"During 1984 I was arrested and sentenced for repossessing a car. I was released on the 15th January 1986. On my release my uncle's friend introduced me to APLA commander, Diseko Peter Mogwate who died in September 1992. My uncles friend also died in April 1986. Peter also gave me basic military training after my release from prison. Our unit's primary task was to raise funds for the party who were to repossess from the privileged class, State or private financial institution to enhance the struggle. Late 1990 to early 1991 I was sent to Transkei for infantry training under Tafara Rafara. I was involved in about ten operations or more and I have applied for amnesty on all of them.

Operation 1:

I was part of the unit that repossessed Fidelity Guards in Lans, no longer ...(indistinct), in Lans. This operation happened on the 16th July 1988 at Lans Industria and it involved armed repossession of cash in transit of the Fidelity Guards security. This was an ambush type operation where a unit of four comprising of three groups. I was armed with .357 revolver and the rest of the other cadres were armed with pistols. We were divided into three groups, that is assault group - the assault group comprised of Peter, the commander, Tuzi who died on the 11th October 1990, killed by the police. Support group - comprised of Themba who is in prison. The third group, Cut Out Group, comprised of myself.

I was forming part of Cut Out Group and my task was to make sure that no one leaves or interferes with the operation. On our withdrawal there were no casualties or killings. As a driver of a car, a white BMW, I drove to our pre-agreed destination where we later dispersed after surrendering everything to the commander. The car that was used in the operation, I don't know where or how it was taken."

Operation 3, Chairperson:

This operation at Bruma Lake and it involved repossession of jewellery and valuables. We were a unit of four and we divided ourselves into three groups. Assault group was Peter, commander and Peter Nkosi who died in 1993. Support group was Themba and the Cut Out Group was myself. On this particular operation I came with information. I received it from my late friend Bheki Tshabalala. Bheki told me that there were some diamonds in that jewellery shop and he told me that he can buy them from anybody who can sell them to him at a reasonable price. I passed that information to my commander who later ordered me to do a reconnaissance on that shop. I did as ordered but at other times he, the commander, accompanied on this task. We did sufficient reconnaissance and then decided to launch our attack. We had both agreed on a Saturday because we reasoned that it was not busy. We then searched for a car to pull the operation. We stole the car to be used. It was a BMW and it was myself and Themba. We raided the target and the jewellery was repossessed. However, on our withdrawal we encountered an accident. The car that I was driving crashed into other cars but we managed to get a taxi very quickly. We went to our pre-agreed destination where, after surrendering everything to the commander, the commander ordered me to tell Bheki that he should contact him.

Operation 4:

This operation happened on the 7th December 1991 at Dube, Soweto. It involved armed repossession at First National Bank. We were a unit of four and we divided ourselves into three groups. Assault group was Peter and Brian. Support group was Themba and Cut Out Group was myself. We were acting on information whose source was known only by the commander. I only knew hours or so, soon before we were to carry out this operation. On this day I was ordered by the commander to come to his place. On my arrival I found him sitting with other comrades mentioned above. He then briefed us on the operation that was to be carried out. The car to be used was already parked in the yard. He then gave each of us an AK47 and also pistols. The operation depended on the signal from our commander's source. That means after arriving at the target place we were to wait until the commander got his signal. We waited and no signal came. After a long wait the bank also closed and the commander ordered that we should attack. We gained entry to a window at the back of the bank. As I was forming part of a Cut Out Group I waited outside. They came back. We withdrew to our pre-agreed destination. On arrival we surrendered everything to the commander. There were no casualties or killing.

Operation 5:

This operation happened on the 31st December 1991 at World Trade Centre. It involved armed repossession, cash in transit from Coin Securities. We were a unit of five and divided ourselves into three groups. Assault group was Peter, commander, Peter Nkosi and Oupa. Support group was Themba and Cut Out Group was myself. I did not know anything about this operation until I was informed by the commander on the day it took place. The commander briefed us on the operation and suggested that we should get a micro-bus. We managed to get a micro-bus from two white people and took it at gun point. We did not use it because we had a problem with it. We used another micro-bus which came out with Oupa. We left our cars in a certain basement and we all got into the micro-bus. We then proceeded to our main target operation. We were all carrying two firearms each. One AK rifle and a hand gun. We arrived before the security vehicle arrived. On their arrival we did not attack them until they came back carrying steel boxes of money. When they saw us a shoot-out ensued but we finally overcame them. We took the money boxes and withdrew and we did not notice whether somebody was injured or killed. On our withdrawal we did not notice somebody following us to the basement where we were supposed to change cars, that is leaving the micro-bus and taking our cars. As we were trying to change to other cars, we suddenly realised that the place was being surrounded by police. As we were trying to escape Oupa was shot dead. This operation failed because we lost everything, that is money and guns. We managed to escape as there were many cars in the basement and they did not know ours.

Operation 6:

This operation happened in 1992 at Queen's Supermarket in Johannesburg. It involved armed repossession of money. We were a unit of 5 and we divided ourselves into three groups. Assault group, Peter the commander, Peter Nkosi and Archie Khumalo. Support Group, Themba Radebe and Cut Out Group myself. The commander told us that there was a security van collecting money from many shops and its last pick up station was Queen's Supermarket. He also told us that he had even done a reconnaissance on several occasions and he saw the security van. We used a van for this operation. According to our commander this was supposed to be ambush operation on the fidelity vehicle which collected money from shops. The plan was that the assault group should be inside the shop so that when the security guards vehicle arrives, the Cut Out Group should give signal to the support group. The strategy was that the Fidelity Guards should find everybody lying down when they enter. As I was still looking at the direction they're supposed to come I noticed that they have already launched the attack without giving the signal. After a few minutes they came out telling me that we should withdraw and I did as ordered. As we were withdrawing, people came out and started shooting at the car we were in. Tyres and windows were shot at and Archie was also injured. We left the car and hired a taxi which took Archie to hospital where he later died as a result of a bullet wound. After dropping Archie at hospital we then proceeded to our pre-agreed destination where everything was surrendered to the commander before we dispersed.

Operation 7:

This operation happened on the 11th February 1992 at Dube, Soweto and it involved armed repossession of cash in transit from the Fidelity Guards. We were a unit of four and divided ourselves into three groups. Assault group, Peter and Peter Nkosi, support group Themba, Cut Out Group myself. The commander told us that he had received information that the Fidelity Guards would be collecting money from the Standard Bank. He did the reconnaissance. We used a micro-bus for the operation. When the guards were from the Standard Bank to collect money, we confronted them. They tried to resist and as a result a shoot-out ensued but we overcame them. The commander and Peter Nkosi were injured in the process but not seriously. We were carrying two firearms each, One rifle and one handgun. The commander was also carrying a Chinese stick grenade. We withdrew and went to our pre-agreed destination where we surrendered everything to the commander before dispersing. I later learnt in court that securities were also injured on that day.

Operation 8:

This operation on the 10th June 1992 at Elsberg, south of Johannesburg and it involved armed repossession from the Fidelity Guards. We were a unit of four and we divided ourselves into three groups. Assault group Peter and Peter Nkosi, support group, myself and Cut Out Group, Themba. We were acting on information by the commander. For this operation we used a white panel van. The target was confronted in front of the bank, Trust Bank. As they were trying to leave after collecting the money from the bank we withdrew with one of the security guards. Nothing happened to him and we dropped in at some distance and gave him money to board a taxi. We had two firearms each, a rifle and a hand gun. We went straight to our pre-agreed destination where we surrendered everything to our commander before dispersing to our respective places.

Operation 9:

This operation happened at East Avenue Bottle Store at Rhoda Park and it involved armed repossession from Fidelity Guards. We were a unit of five and we divided ourselves into three groups. Assault group Peter and Peter Nkosi and Brian Dongo. Support group, Nadi, Cut Out Group, myself. On this particular morning I was called by the commander and when I arrived the other comrades were already there and a blue and a white Ford bakkie were parked in the yard. He then briefed me about the operation and gave me an AK47. All the others had already had their AK47. We left the target area and we arrived before the Fidelity Guards arrived. I did not confront them on their arrival, we confronted them when they came back with the money. They were three. As the guard carrying money came out, the assault group confronted him and he attempted to resist by reaching for his gun. A shoot-out ensued and the guard who was protecting the one carrying money died and the other two surrendered. We took their firearms, money boxes from the van and we drove to our pre-arranged agreed destination where on our arrival we surrendered everything to the commander before dispersing.

I respectfully submit that my application complies with the requirements of the Act and that I have made full and proper disclosure of my involvement on the abovementioned operations."

Chairperson, I would just also to - raise some few points with the applicant.

Mr Moti, is it correct that you were also sentenced to three years suspended for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm?


MR MBANDAZAYO: And you were also sentenced for - jailed for car theft?


MR MBANDAZAYO: Is it also correct you were also sentenced for possessing an unlawful unlicensed firearm and ammunition?


MR MBANDAZAYO: And you paid a fine?


MR MBANDAZAYO: Is it also correct that in 1988, on the 18th August, you were sentenced for four years which you appealed against both conviction and sentence?


MR MBANDAZAYO: And you were granted bail pending the outcome?

MR MOTI: Yes, that is correct.

MR MBANDAZAYO: And also you never heard anything until 1998 when you were informed by the prison authorities that your appeal was turned down?


MR MBANDAZAYO: What was this appeal for? What did you do in this instance?

MR MOTI: For attempting to steal a car.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, that's the evidence of the applicant.

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Mbandazayo, is there any further clarity on this other incident that was in question or are you proceeding just on the ones that you have placed before us now?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, in view the Leader of Evidence told me that I can't get anything so we're deciding that we should proceed on the ones which are before the Committee, yes.


CHAIRPERSON: Thank you very much. Mr Mooij, any questions?


Mr Moti, the affidavit that was read into the record now, is that the total of your - that's your application in its totality?

MR MOTI: As you've just heard now, they say other application is not here which means they're not all.

MR MOOIJ: So your answer is yes?

MR MOTI: Yes Sir, not all.

MR MOOIJ: Now I'll ask the question again. Your application, as it is now presented to this Committee, is as is contained in your affidavit which was just read out by your legal representative. There's nothing else?

MR MOTI: It's difficult to answer that question because he says Operation 22 is not here so we can't proceed with that one so if you say they are all here, what about number 22? Or excluding it.

MR MOOIJ: No, I'm asking you if this is your application in total that you're presenting to the Committee?


MR MOOIJ: Now my difficulty was to reconcile this to the hand-written application which you originally submitted. Now I take it that based on what you've just said, insofar as what's written in the hand-written application, is not contained in the affidavit, that should be disregarded, is that correct?

MR MOTI: No, I don't mean that. I don't mean to say that. I fully agreed with what is written here but it's not all. Operation 22 is not here so ...(intervention)

MR MOOIJ: My question to you, Mr Moti, is this written application, as is set out from page 4 up until page 10.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, if the Chairperson will have a look at some of these incidents, the reason is that now in the affidavit, the typed one, there are few it's because in the hand-written one he enumerated the incident which are charges which were proffered against him including assault which all flow from one incident so were consolidated as one incident that thereof some people were assaulted in the process. So when he was charged, all of them were just separated, attempted murders into various things. You will find that the dates are the same and they flow from one incident.

CHAIRPERSON: So the details that are contained in the annexure relates to the offences that flow from the particular incident?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: And what is presented to us is the incident and the application is for amnesty in respect of whatever the delicts or offences might be that flow from the particular incident?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Yes Chairperson, I suppose so.

CHAIRPERSON: Alright, I follow, yes. Yes Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: So I'll ask you the question again, Mr Moti. Insofar as what is written in the hand-written part, from page 4 until page 10. If that is not contained in your affidavit, then it should be disregarded. Is that correct?

MR MOTI: You are saying if what is contained in the affidavit is not here, you must disregard this one or the affidavit?

MR MOOIJ: That is correct, I'm asking whether if what appears in the affidavit, or what appears in this hand-written statement. If that doesn't appear in the affidavit then this hand-written part should be disregarded?

MR MOTI: It's hard to answer that question because what happened when I was about to apply for amnesty, I went to the authorities in prison, I asked for all the cases that I was sentenced. So they gave me a printout and some other printout contained charges, like for instance there's somewhere where we robbed, we repossessed from the Fidelity Guards and there was a shoot-out, so they say robbery and attempted murder. So I applied for both of them. In other cases they talk about the car. They say the car, so I have to reconcile, or this car was to be used for repossession. So your question is too tricky for me to can say disregard anything. Wait till we talk, maybe along the way you'll understand that this flows from this one. These flow from this one because I was not in the position to separate by then.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti, you had legal representation, you've got legal representation now, the onus is on you to present your case to the Committee?

MR MOTI: But when I applied, there was no legal representatives. We did not have someone legally representing us when we filled the form. So we filled a form based on the printout that I got from the authorities.

MR MOOIJ: But since that time, Mr Moti, you've had the opportunity to consult with your legal representative?


MR MOOIJ: And you've no doubt been advised as to what to do and based on that advice you've now prepared this affidavit and this is now your final application to this Committee, not so?


MR MOOIJ: So therefore, insofar as what you did earlier, we should ignore?

MR MOTI: No, don't ignore it.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I don't know because the hand-written part forms part of his application which is the basis of this hearing. The affidavit facilitates the hearing, it's not an application itself but if facilitates for the purposes of the hearing but his application is the one which is written on the form and attached with annexures.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, well that is the position. The application form and whatever came into the Amnesty Committee as part of that would obviously be his application so you must start from that perspective, Mr Mooij.

MR MOOIJ: Certainly, Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: And the affidavit is simply something that we have imposed upon applicants to make it easier for us when we get to a hearing not to sit and write down every word that they say or we have something to go on.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you Chairperson.

Mr Moti, Mr Maseko gave evidence that on his return to South Africa at the end of 1989, thereafter he established the Repossession Unit. Now if that evidence were to be regarded as being correct then surely your operation 1, as is set out on page 5 of your application and which you also set out on the operation 1, that you describe on page 17 of the supplementary bundle, then that must clearly fall outside of any activity of the Repossession Unit?

MR MOTI: According to you or what Thapelo said?

MR MOOIJ: According to what Mr Maseko testified.

MR MOTI: Let's again take into consideration what later General said. Let's not focus only on what Thapelo said. What was the follow up thereafter, didn't the General say Peter came into the country '87?

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti, at that stage, on the 16th of the 7th 1988, there was no Repossession Unit in existence in South Africa.

MR MOTI: No, that's not according to my understanding.

MR MOOIJ: Well Mr Moti, that was the evidence of Mr Maseko and certainly also the evidence of the General insofar as that Mr Maseko was in charge of those units or the departments or whoever fell under the Repossession Unit reported to Mr Maseko and also the evidence of the General was that Mr Diseko was another - he had fell into another department altogether?

MR MOTI: I think that is beyond my - I cannot fully answer that question. Why? Because I knew nothing about Peter Mokoena. All I knew was that what we were doing we were doing for the part. The unit was primarily tasked to raise operational funds, to advance our political aims and objectives.

MR MOOIJ: The evidence of both the General and Mr Maseko, the evidence was that it was only the Repossession Unit that had that function?

MR MOTI: Yes, I heard that.

MR MOOIJ: The evidence was further that you were not a member of that unit?

MR MOTI: Who said that, Thapelo or the General?

MR MOOIJ: The evidence of Mr Maseko was that you were not a member of the ...(inaudible)

MR MOTI: Okay, I heard him saying so and I heard him contradicting himself along the line, so I don't know which one you are going to take because at one time he said Peter was not a member. Further along the line he said no, Peter was a commander of APLA and the General came here and told you and told the Committee that Peter was a member of APLA and a commander of a unit, so it depends on which side you come from and which side are you prepared to take.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti, I put it to you that it was never - it's not a case of who said you take. Your so-called commander had totally a different instruction. He was involved, he was an operative in - he was involved in operations, he had nothing to do with the Repossession Unit, he was entirely a different section of APLA?

MR MOTI: Let me tell you what Peter told me when he came here. It was 1988, I think, yes. He said he was given instruction in Zimbabwe to come and establish a unit whose primary task was to raise funds, operational funds, to advance our political aims and objectives. So what you are saying now, I don't know. It's a Peter that Peter is not alive to answer for himself but General, he further mentioned that people were performing duties that were beyond their scope so how do you take that?

MR MOOIJ: The fact that that was happening, no reference was made to you, Mr Moti.

MR MOTI: Okay.

MR MOOIJ: Now at the jewellery operation which happened in 1991 at Bruma, it appears that the total value of the items and the money stolen amounted to R500 000. What happened to that money?

MR MOTI: I never saw the money, I saw the jewellery and the jewellery was surrendered to the commander as it was. As to how much the jewellery was worth I cannot answer that because I didn't even see the money.

MR MOOIJ: Let's go back to operation 1, 16 July 1988, the amount there was R157 217.20. What happened to that money?

MR MOTI: It was surrendered to the commander as it was.

MR MOOIJ: And how much of that money did you get?

MR MOTI: Nothing.

MR MOOIJ: Now why do you think Mr Maseko would come and say that none of that money, that one or the other one, the jewellery one, none of that, the proceeds of those robberies or those operations came to APLA?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I don't think it would be a fair question to the applicant, Chairperson, because he told that he only surrendered to the commander, the commander would be in a position to answer what happened with the money. He was just part of the unit, he does not know where the money is, they just surrendered to him.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, well that seems to be the situation, Mr Mooij. I don't know how - I suppose you can try to have it clarified but I don't know if it's going to get you much further than that point.

MR MOOIJ: Certainly, Chairperson.

Now Mr Moti, Mr Maseko also gave evidence that at the time when he met you, shortly before the Fidelity Guards incident which he applied for amnesty for, he said that the reason why he had approached your group or the organisation of which you formed a part, was because you people, the people in your group were making a lot of money. You were very successful at what you were doing and you were referred to as - you were involved in criminal activities. You were accomplished and seasoned robbers, so to speak and that is why he approached you because of your skills and you were making more money than what APLA was making and that is why you were approached?

MR MOTI: Let me answer on behalf of myself because I cannot answer on behalf of the people who are not here. What happened, yes there was a time when I was a criminal. Maybe people were looking from a distance, thought that no, I was making a lot of money, but I then, I was just stealing cars. So maybe they saw a nice car what I'd stole, they thought I was making a lot of money. Be that as it may, I happened to know other cadres who were former ...(indistinct) who later became cadres and what what. Okay, yes you can say they were living okay.

MR MOOIJ: And you were also living okay?

MR MOTI: You can't say I was living okay by seeing the car, the stolen car passing away, riding here, maybe I'm driving a flashy car and it's a stolen car. You don't know, you would think no, Vontjie is living okay.

MR MOOIJ: Well, the evidence of Mr Maseko was that his reason why the Repossession Unit approached your organisation of which you and your commander and other people there were involved in, the reason why he approached you was because you were making more money than what they were making. You were making a lot of money, that is why he was interested in getting you to assist him with his operations?

MR MOTI: When I first met comrade Thapelo, okay I didn't know his real name, it was 1991 and I was from a training, I was from Transkei and he said to the Committee here by then I was not a APLA cadre and I was long an APLA cadre by then. I became an APLA cadre in 1983. So there are a lot of contradictions in what Mr Maseko said and you cannot put that on me.

MR MOOIJ: Well Mr Maseko also testified that when he met you in 1991 you were a neither an APLA member nor a PAC member?

MR MOTI: But you didn't ask him whether he asked me or what because as an APLA cadre I am guided by 15 points of attention. As an APLA cadre, I am guided by the 15 points of attention which says I must observe to the strictest rules of secrecy. So I won't go around and tell people, no I'm a trained APLA cadre and what what and our commander usually insisted that we don't talk to people even if it's borrowed names. He came to our unit. He called it compartmentalisation of information. So maybe he didn't even know that my name was Vontjie but I know now that he knew I was Vontjie. Many people didn't use that name and the one Mzimkhulu, it's very rare that people use those names.

MR MOOIJ: Well Moti, Mr Maseko was very adamant that you were neither a PAC member nor an APLA member and the General who gave evidence also said that he'd never seen or heard or had no knowledge of you prior to today.


MR MOOIJ: Now would you say that Mr Maseko then, his evidence on that regard, that you were neither a member of the PAC nor APLA, that that evidence should be rejected?

MR MOTI: Exactly.

ADV SANDI: Sorry, can I just come in to ask something here?

Are you saying when you met Mr Maseko in 1991 he knew you as Vontjie?

MR MOTI: No, I'm not saying he knew me as Vontjie but my codename was Tami so possibly he knew me - I introduced myself as Tami but Thapelo used to stay the following street so even if I say I'm Tami, at the end of the day to him I am Vontjie.

ADV SANDI: Yes but also - I'm sorry Mr Mooij.

You say when you met him in 1991 you were already a member of APLA which you had joined in 1983?


ADV SANDI: Yes, but I have a problem trying to understand that in the light of paragraph 5 of your affidavit where it reads as follows:

"During 1984 I was arrested and sentenced for repossessing a car. I was released on the 15th January 1986. On my release my uncle's friend introduced me to APLA."


ADV SANDI: Then you go on:

"To APLA commander."


ADV SANDI: So you're going to give that person's name?


MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, through you, Chairperson, if you read the paragraph 4 of the affidavit, above. He said that the same year which is 1993 which he dropped from school:

"I joined PAC through Azanyo and I was encroached to APLA by the same year by my uncle's friend Adam Ati Lewate."

ADV SANDI: So which is which, is it 1986 or 1983? It can't be both?

MR MOTI: No, it's 1983.

ADV SANDI: Okay, thank you.

MR MOTI: Sorry, paragraph 5 says:

"During 1984 I was arrested for repossessing a car. I was released on 15 January 1986. On my release my uncle's friend introduced me to commander Peter Diseko Mogwate who died in 1992. My uncle's friend also died in 1986."

So maybe my understanding of English is not well but I don't see where it says ...(intervention)

ADV SANDI: So maybe you can deal with it along the way.

JUDGE MOTATA: No, no, but we should clarify this because if you read further:

"Peter also gave me basic training after my release from prison"


JUDGE MOTATA: So how could you become - are you saying you became a member of the PAC and you encroached on APLA without training, that is in 1983?

MR MOTI: No, I trained in 1983. Can you read my application somewhere?

JUDGE MOTATA: No, no, I just want you to clarify this because we are trying to get this in order, that's what's my interest in the clarification. When you say, listen:

"Peter also gave me basic military training after my release from prison."

MR MOTI: Yes, annexure 1. At page 4. Paragraph 2 I think:

"At the beginning of 1983."

Can I read it?

JUDGE MOTATA: Yes please.


"At the beginning of 1983 I dropped out of school due to financial reasons. It is that year that my political awareness sprang up from the influence of a man of great inspiration. That man was a friend of my uncle and this man's name is Adam Ati Lewate. He instilled ideas of social upliftment and black empowerment and ideology he practically engaged him at the time."

"However, this man ..."

in paragraph 6 ...(intervention)


MR MOTI: The next paragraph, yes.

"However, this man and five other were accused on April 1986 in an attempted robbery but before being killed, Ati trained me in the back yard how to use firearms."

JUDGE MOTATA: Thank you, you may proceed. Sorry about that Mr Mooij, you may proceed.

MR MOOIJ: Thank you.

Now, it's not the end of the difficulties, Mr Moti, because according to the affidavit that you read first, it was in 1983 that you were introduced to APLA?


MR MOOIJ: And according to the annexure that you have just referred to now it was 1986 and in paragraph 5 of the affidavit, you also say that you were introduced to the APLA commander in 1986? And then to go back to another affidavit you were trained in 1986?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I don't know whether we are running in circles because I think in the affidavit in paragraph 5 it's clear that it was the year in which he was introduced to Diseko not to APLA.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, well that is clear.

MR MBANDAZAYO: APLA he was introduced in 1983 and also here he said before he died in April 1986 but it does not say he was trained in 1986.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, well that seems to be clear that the affidavit seems to link the applicant's political activities to the year 1983 and then some things happened after that. Yes Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti, then your evidence just now was when you were asked, you said that you received training in 1983?

MR MOTI: The first training was in 1983, yes.

MR MOOIJ: If you received training in 1983 why was it then necessary after your release from prison that you should be trained to use a firearm in the back yard?

MR MOTI: When was I trained how to use a firearm in the back yard because it seems you are saying in 1986?

MR MOOIJ: Well, in the hand-written affidavit you said that he was killed in April 1986?

MR MOTI: Ati? Yes.

MR MOOIJ: Yes, but before being killed, "Ati trained me in the back yard how to use a firearm."?

MR MOTI: Yes, not in 1986. Not in 1986. There's nowhere where I say before he died he trained me in 1986 how to use a firearm.

MR MOOIJ: That is so but can you then tell us when was this training?

MR MOTI: In 1983.

MR MOOIJ: So therefore in 1984 - well let me ask you this, this incident of the car theft in 1984, that had nothing to do with APLA's operations?


ADV SANDI: Sorry, did you say yes to the question as to whether the 1984 incident had nothing to do with your APLA activities, you said yes?


MR MOOIJ: Now according to the SAP-69, which is page 35 of the application, you were convicted in 1984 of assault?

MR MOTI: Yes, I did mention that.

MR MOOIJ: Also nothing to do with APLA?


MR MOOIJ: Then in 1984, that's the one we've just spoke about, the motor vehicle theft also had nothing to do with APLA and then the 1988 one, where the attempted theft of a motor vehicle also had nothing to do with APLA?


MR MOOIJ: And in 1988 the possession of firearms, also nothing to do with APLA?


MR MOOIJ: Now this, the '88 one, where there was attempted theft of a motor vehicle for which you were sentenced for four years and you said that the appeal was turned down. How long did you serve for that conviction?

MR MOTI: How long did I?

MR MOOIJ: How long did you spend in prison for that conviction?

MR MOTI: Not more than 7 days I think because I made an appeal and I bailed out.

MR MOOIJ: Yes but the appeal was dismissed?

MR MOTI: They told me in 1998 and I was in prison from 1993 so maybe the sentence that I'm serving is part of these fours or the four years started when they told me. I don't know.

MR MOOIJ: Now if we, the operation in Dube, Soweto, operation 4 on page 19 of the supplementary bundle, is that the same one as appears on page 6 of the bundle?

MR MOTI: Operation?

MR MOOIJ: Operation 4 on page 19 of the supplementary bundle.

MR MOTI: Is this the one?

MR MOOIJ: This is the one at Dube, Soweto, 7/12/1991.


MR MOOIJ: Now there an amount of R455 195 was stolen. What happened to that money?

MR MOTI: It was surrendered to the commander as it was. We never counted the money.

MR MOOIJ: How much of that money did you get?

MR MOTI: I don't know, as I said we surrendered it without counting, so ...(intervention)

MR MOOIJ: Did you get nothing of this money?

MR MOTI: Nothing.

MR MOOIJ: Now if you didn't get any of this money, how did you survive, what did you live on?

MR MOTI: From when till when?

MR MOOIJ: Well, we're now at, according to this, it was the 7th December 1991, the first incident that you referred to was the 16th July 1998, it's a period of three and a half years.


MR MOOIJ: Now if you didn't get any of the money, what did you live on? You weren't employed?

MR MOTI: When maybe we had like for instance I used to hire a room, lodge, I don't know how to put it, I told Peter and when I had no money maybe to pay there or money to buy food and what what, I reported to Peter. So everything was taken care of by him.

MR MOOIJ: Please explain that?

MR MOTI: No, it's self-explanatory.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti ...(intervention)

MR MOTI: You said how did I live. I said to you when I had nothing I reported to Peter that now I want to buy groceries or something, something, then he would give me the money. R100, R200 or what what.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti, you're married, you've got children, now if you didn't keep any of the money, could you live on R100 or R200 which Peter would give you occasionally? Please explain that?

MR MOTI: Funny enough, that's what happened, so if you ask me to explain what happened, it's as you put it.

MR MOOIJ: Now the money that he ...(intervention)

MR MOTI: But I'm not married. Alright, I had children. My family provides for them when it is necessary but they live with their mothers who are married.

ADV SANDI: Whilst you are trying to decide what question to ask, can I just come in here Mr Mooij?

Can I ask you to explain something here? You say there was a time, I hope my note is correct here:

"There was a time when I was a criminal and I was just stealing cars"

Did you say that?

MR MOTI: Yes, I did say that.

ADV SANDI: Which period is this?

MR MOTI: I stole cars after the death of Ati. What happened, after ...(intervention)

ADV SANDI: Just say to me from year so and so to year so and so I was a criminal and stealing cars.

MR MOTI: Yes, from 1986 to 1988.

ADV SANDI: That is the period you're talking about, okay.

MR MOTI: Can I explain something here? When I left school due to financial reasons, I used to sell apples or peanuts on the train or maybe at stadiums when there are matches and all that or anything that could be cool drinks or whatever. So one time it was in Rand Stadium and there was a match in the evening. So I went there, I sold apples and peanuts. When I came back there was no transport, in fact from Rand Stadium to Booysen Station, it's a long distance. Usually we hike to get to the station. So I was given a lift by people I know who live in my neighbourhood. When they gave me a lift they didn't give me a lift to Booysen Station, they gave me a lift to Soweto. On our way to Soweto we met a roadblock. There were three of them, I was the fourth one and I had some stock left here. When we approached the roadblock, they just jumped out because they knew the car was stolen. I was left there. Fortunately they were caught by the police, the other one was shot. They came back. When they came back they insisted that I tell the police that we ask a lift with them meaning that the fourth - we were five, the fourth one ran away. I made that blunder, I ...(intervention)

ADV SANDI: I don't want to interrupt you. I think he has answered my question here. That incident was before 1986?

MR MOTI: Yes, it's just after I dropped out of school so there were contradictions along the way as we are talking here because I was a criminal in 1986 but I went to prison in 1983. Somebody asked so what about the car theft case, so I'm trying to answer that. I went to prison, I became a criminal after from prison. I went to prison innocent and I became a criminal after.

CHAIRPERSON: Alright don't, Mr Moti, there are a lot of other things that needs to be attended to. Don't be concerned about anything that's got nothing to do with politics and you know, what we have to decide upon is these things that took place before us where there is the application for amnesty for. That's really all that concerns us, so whatever else you did that is not before us, we are not sitting here to judge you on that or to make a finding on that and if anybody asks you questions that's got nothing to do with the political matters that are before us, then I'll stop them. So don't be concerned about what happened over and above these things. We are just sitting here, we really just want to hear about those cases where you say you were acting with a political motive. Just tell us about that, I'll stop everybody else who tries to talk about anything else because we don't have the time for that. Alright, do you understand?

MR MOTI: Okay, thank you.

CHAIRPERSON: Good. Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Thank you Chairperson.

So you say that you made a living purely from R100 and R200 that were given to you by your commander, Peter?

MR MOTI: Yes, from '88 until my arrest.

MR MOOIJ: Now after you were convicted in the high court for these - for all these charges, you served your sentence at Diepkloof, not so?


MR MOOIJ: And at present you're at C-Max in Pretoria?


MR MOOIJ: Is that not because you escaped from Diepkloof?

MR MOTI: Can I answer that Mr Chairperson?

CHAIRPERSON: What's that, your - the allegation that you escaped from prison? No, no, don't answer that please.

No, Mr Mooij, let's carry on with the merits of this case.

MR MOTI: Okay.

MR MOOIJ: Well it has to do with the merits of the application, Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Well then you must make it clear to me. I don't see that.

MR MOOIJ: If there was merit in your application, if you were really a political cadre as you say that you were and you believed that there were merits, there were prospects of success for this application, why was it necessary for you to escape from prison?

MR MOTI: In the first place I never planned to escape. I was ...(intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: Sorry, Mr Moti, let's just save some time. As I've said I don't want to hear unnecessary debates here. The suggestion of the advocate there is that you escaped from the prison because you knew that there was no chance that your amnesty application would be successful, do you agree or do you disagree?

MR MOTI: Disagree.

CHAIRPERSON: Good. Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: In the affidavit that you placed before the Court, which is supposed to summarise the facts, you say nothing about the charges of attempted murder?

MR MOTI: In the affidavit?


MR MOTI: This one?

MR MOOIJ: Yes, this affidavit. Nothing is mentioned of the charges of attempted murder?

MR MOTI: Whose attempted murder?

MR MOOIJ: You were convicted on charges of attempted murder?

MR MOTI: Yes but as I said, other such charges flowing from the main operation. I made an example where a Fidelity Guard employee was killed. There were three, two of them were not killed but I was charged with attempted murder of those cases and I was sentenced for those attempted murders.


MR MOTI: So if I apply for operation 1 and operation 1 has five charges, it goes without saying that all those charges must follow.

MR MOOIJ: But it doesn't say so in the affidavit, Mr Moti.

MR MOTI: What were we supposed to say, all the things must follow?

MR MOOIJ: No, you were asked to set out ...(intervention)

MR MOTI: The essence of appearing before the Committee is to elaborate where I couldn't on writing, I think. So I'm here to elaborate on what is not written here. But I wonder how do you reconcile the fact that in my annexure I applied for them?

MR MOOIJ: Yes but in respect of, say for instance now in respect of operation 1, in July 1988, it's not clear there from the written one and also from the affidavit as to what happened at that incident. You have to go through the whole application. So I'm asking you why is nothing mentioned of those charges?

MR MOTI: But I'm here to mention those charges. Ask me about what happened, I will tell you. I am here. Ask me what happened in operation 1, what happened in operation 2, then I will tell you operation ...(intervention)

MR MOOIJ: Well then could you just start off with operation 1, tell us what happened there?

MR MOTI: Okay.

CHAIRPERSON: In respect of what, in respect of people that were injured or what?

MR MOOIJ: If there were people injured or people killed.

MR MOTI: No, no one was killed and I was forming part of a Cut Out Group. We were a unit of 4.

CHAIRPERSON: Okay stop there Mr Moti. The question was just whether somebody was killed or injured and you say nobody was?

MR MOTI: Operation 1?

CHAIRPERSON: Operation 1.

MR MOTI: Nobody was.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Thank you Chairperson.

Operation 3, was anybody killed there?

MR MOTI: Not according to my knowledge, but I wouldn't say nobody was killed because we encountered an accident along the way. So maybe the people we crashed with died but ... (intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, no that's good enough. You don't need to speculate. You said so far as you know nobody was killed or injured? That's good enough. Just tell us the facts, leave the rest out, right?

MR MOTI: Alright.


MR MOOIJ: Operation 4, the amount of R455 195, what happened to that money?

MR MOTI: It was surrendered.


MR MOTI: To the commander of the unit.

MR MOOIJ: And you never got any?

MR MOTI: Whose name is Peter, whose code name is Peter Mokoena, whose real names are Diseko Mogwate.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, did you get any money?

MR MOTI: Nothing.


MR MOTI: Nothing.

CHAIRPERSON: Good. Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: In operation 5, the one at Trade Centre, were any of the people other than Oupa killed or injured?

MR MOTI: Maybe the security because there was a shoot-out, so I don't know, maybe the security were injured during the shoot-out but on our side only Oupa, but he was also not killed in the operation but at the basement where we were to change cars.

MR MOOIJ: And you don't know about the other people, do you, the security officers?

MR MOTI: No, I don't know, I don't know whether they were killed or not. But in my annexure, when I ask there - sorry, when I ask to fill the form there at Diepkloof Prison, they gave me the printout from the computer and the computer said there were two attempted murders of security guards, the one that we ...(intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, but you don't know whether they were injured or not? That's good enough, that's just attempted murder again, you can fire, you can fire a shot somewhere in this in attempted murder, so just talk about the injuries. That's what the advocate is asking. Right, Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Yes Chairperson.

Of how many counts of attempted murder were you convicted, Mr Moti?

MR MOTI: Seven ......(intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Moti, where did you count that seven from? What is that document?

MR MOTI: Annexure, from the annexure.

CHAIRPERSON: Oh, is it something that you prepared?

MR MBANDAZAYO: Hand-written annexure, Chairperson.

MR MOTI: Hand-written.

CHAIRPERSON: ...(inaudible)

MR MOTI: Yes. It's from annexure number 4 - from annexure number 5, at page 8. There's one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. But as I've withdrawn my application on operation number 2 and most of the attempted murder relate to operation number 2. Attempted murder of police. It's 28 March 1990. It's operation 11, operation 12 and operation 13. Annexure number 5, page 8.

MR MOOIJ: So how many were there in total, attempted murders?

MR MOTI: Including this?

MR MOOIJ: Without the application that you've withdrawn.

MR MOTI: Okay, obviously if I take 3 from 7 it's four. Let me make sure.

I'm sorry, if I exclude the three that flow from operation 2, there can be six because from operation 18 on the annexure 7, page 10, at Eldorado Park in East Avenue Bottle Store where a security guard was killed, there are two attempted murders, will relate to that case. The ones that were not killed. So I would say six.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti, these motor vehicles, according to your notes here that you made, running from page 7, there's one mentioned there at the bottom, a vehicle and the one at 9 and 10 ...(intervention)

MR MOTI: Sorry, page 7?

MR MOOIJ: Page 7 of your application. Operation 9 was the car robbery, operation 10 was a car robbery and there was one other, I think, 14. Those three.

MR MOTI: Was there 14?

MR MOOIJ: Yes. Yes, 9, 10 and 14. You refer to cars that were robbed.

MR MOTI: What happened during or before we were to execute this operation, I was ordered by the commander to come to his place. In fact he ordered me the previous night, that I should be at his place in the early hours of the morning. So I went there. On my arrival there were other cadres. Themba was there and Peter Nkosi was there. He briefed us about the operation that was to be executed later that morning and he said to us we must embark upon a search for a vehicle that was to be used to execute that operation because someone, another cadre, he didn't mention his name, promised him that he will come with a car, but seeing from the time the cadre is not coming, so we went to Johannesburg, Northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

We repossessed a microbus there from two white men and as I was driving, the microbus started - the hazards went off and the hooters went off, so I searched for a secluded area where I could disconnect the fuse. When I got there I disconnected the fuse. After I disconnected the fuse, when I tried to move the car, all the wheels jammed. So we dumped that car there.

So when I asked for the printout in prison, I made a mistake because I was not aware that I was not sentenced for that car. So I applied for that car which was never used.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, that's fine, that was an offence. So what is the position, is the position that all these three incidents which concern vehicles, were they repossessed for the purposes of your operation on the instructions of Peter?

MR MOTI: Sorry, I'm trying to clarify that ...(intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: No, no. No, no, just listen to me first.

MR MOTI: Okay.

CHAIRPERSON: Because you might be clarifying something that's not relevant for our purposes and that's why I'm trying to ask you. The three incidents that you refer to now, where there are vehicles involved, that were repossessed, were those vehicles taken on the instructions of your commander, Peter, for the purposes of executing your operations? All three of them, 9, 10, 14?

MR MOTI: I'm reluctant to say yes because the car that was used in the operation specifically on the 31st December 1991, came with Oupa so I don't know when was it repossessed and by whom. Maybe Oupa had other people. So here it was as if I was involved. So I made a mistake maybe when I applied for - when I filled this.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes but were you driving in those cars with them?

MR MOTI: Yes when Oupa came with the microbus I drove it.

CHAIRPERSON: You drove. Yes?

MR MOTI: To the scene of the operation and after the scene of the operation.

CHAIRPERSON: And were you inside these other cars too?


CHAIRPERSON: Alright. Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Thank you Chairperson.

Now I don't understand your evidence, Mr Moti, you said that - now you've just told the Chairperson that you were driving this kombi to the operation and thereafter and just now you said that after the vehicle was stolen, it's hazard lights came on and it had to be dumped.

MR MOTI: That was dumped. The one that was used to execute this operation came with Oupa. The one that we took from two white men gave us problems and we dumped it there. So when I applied I thought of that one because I was involved when that one was repossessed.

MR MOOIJ: But you specifically referred to the one that was used in the robbery of the 31st December.

MR MOTI: Okay, yes. Then I was - I drove that car.

MR MOOIJ: But that's the one where you said it was taken from the white man. Look at your notes.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I think it was corrected as one of the incidents I corrected when we were reading the affidavit, that this gave him problems and then we used the one which came with Oupa. When I was reading the affidavit I corrected that one.

CHAIRPERSON: Operation 5? Yes, well that was corrected, yes. It said that you did not use the vehicle that, this microbus that was repossessed from the two white people but you used another vehicle for the operation.

MR MOOIJ: Mr Chairperson, the annexure which I've just referred to was an annexure to an affidavit. The application, the form that was completed was under oath. It now appears that with the second affidavit there's a change in evidence and that is why I'm asking these questions.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, in fact ...

MR MOOIJ: And it appears as if the evidence is being made as the application proceeds.

CHAIRPERSON: Do you want to put that to him? That might be an argument eventually as well. Perhaps you want to put it to him to respond.

MR MBANDAZAYO: Chairperson, I want to correct this because it's clear. The applicant explains why he thought that the kombi which gave them problem is the one which he was convicted for yet he was convicted for the one Oupa came with. So, but both of them were microbuses so he thought that he was convicted for the one they robbed from the white man.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, that seems to be his explanation but I think Mr Mooij wants to argue to the contrary and I said if he so minded he might put it to your client and take his response. Perhaps we can then move from this matter which is really then just a question of argument.

MR MOOIJ: Now Mr Moti so far you've told us about the one incident relating to the kombi which was the 31/12/1991. Now you said that the one that was robbed from these two chaps, that one was dumped and that you used the other one that came with Oupa. Correct?


MR MOOIJ: Now was that also a stolen vehicle?


MR MOOIJ: Now what did your members do with that vehicle after the robbery? Did you sell it? What did you do?

MR MOTI: According to my knowledge it was left where Oupa died and the police took it.

MR MOOIJ: Were you there when he died?

MR MOTI: I was there when he was shot.

MR MOOIJ: But you don't know for sure what happened to the kombi?

MR MOTI: During the trial there were photos of that kombi and the registration and what else, so the police will not leave a stolen car on the scene. It goes without saying that they took the car.

MR MOOIJ: Well, it's a matter of evidence. Now what happened to the other two incidents, involving the cars. Number 9 and number 10? You haven't told the Commission about that.

MR MOTI: I think number 9 is the white BMW that we used when we were executing operation number 3 if I'm not mistaken.

CHAIRPERSON: And number 10? What vehicle is that? Just give an explanation.

MR MOTI: I can't remember but maybe it's one of the cars that we used to repossess. I cannot specifically -why I remember this is because of the date.

CHAIRPERSON: You can't remember the full details of this vehicle in operation 10?


CHAIRPERSON: Alright. Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: You said in respect of operation 9 you said you remembered because of the date?

MR MOTI: Yes it's written there at 3/10 which means it's October 1991 and it's the white BMW.

MR MOOIJ: But what happened to the vehicle after the robbery?

MR MOTI: We crashed and it was left on the scene of the crash.

MR MOOIJ: And the one in number 10?

MR MOTI: I cannot remember this one but I think and I assume that it was repossessed for one of the operations here because there at prison they didn't give me the dates on which these cars were repossessed so ...(intervention)

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, Mr Moti please, you said that you can't remember the details of the vehicle, is that correct?


CHAIRPERSON: Is that the facts?


CHAIRPERSON: That's the fact of the matter. It's not helping us to decide this case to speculate on what could have happened and what you were shown at the prison.

MR MOTI: Okay.

CHAIRPERSON: Alright? Just stick to the facts. Mr Mooij?

MR MOOIJ: Mr Moti, you told the police and it's part of the record, concerning a number of these operations, you told the police what your share was from the proceeds of these operations. You mentioned figures of 20 000 and 16 000 and 18 000 and 20 000. What happened to that money that you received?

MR MOTI: I never received even a cent. The reason I said that, I was trying to protect the unit and the members that were left behind because imagine if I had said to the person of Mr Charles Landman that no, these operations were political operations aimed at advancing our political aims and objectives. Do you really think that I would be here today?

MR MOOIJ: Well, Mr Moti, I put it to you that the PAC was unbanned in 1990, in February of 1990, correct?


MR MOOIJ: Yes, now at no stage, not during the trial, not during your dealings with the police, not once did you mention any political activity at all.

MR MOTI: That shows that I stick to my training because as an APLA cadre I was guided by the 15 points of attention which says keep to the strictest rules of secrecy, never surrender to the enemy. So here I was in the hands of the enemy, was I supposed to compromise other cadres and the party at large?

MR MOOIJ: But you mentioned to the police, especially after the Dube incident, you mentioned to the police the exact amount of money that you received?

MR MOTI: Yes, I said I got so and so and so. When you go to a so-called peace officer or maybe a magistrate or whatever and maybe you are referred to by Brixton Murder and Robbery Squad, he knows everything about you before you arrive there. But I'm not trying to say he said that I must say that. I said it myself because I wouldn't have went there and said we robbed. The question would be "where is the money?" So I was trying to make the operation look as if, were committed by ordinary criminals for their own benefit. So I have to tell you.

MR MOOIJ: Is it not correct that shortly after these robberies you spent money on the house that you were living in, a substantial amount of money on renovating that house?

MR MOTI: I was living in a room and most cases I was living in my aunt's house. I had a room there and outside room and because Mr Diederichs now and then went there so I didn't go there. The room that I was hiring, I paid something like R60 a month so it's irrelevant for you to say I renovated that house. How can I renovate a house that doesn't even belong to me?

CHAIRPERSON: So your short answer to the question is no, it's not correct?

MR MOTI: It's not correct.

CHAIRPERSON: Now next time if Mr Mooij asks you another question, please try that route.

MR MOTI: Okay.


MR MOTI: Okay.

CHAIRPERSON: It will greatly assist us.

MR MOTI: Okay.

CHAIRPERSON: Us all, otherwise we'll sit here till midnight, alright?

MR MOOIJ: The house that I was referring to, Mr Moti, was not your aunt's house, it was your parent's house. That was the house that you renovated.

CHAIRPERSON: What's your response, do you agree or disagree?

MR MOTI: I disagree.

MR MOOIJ: Is it also not correct that you put money that you received as your share from the robberies into your sister's account, banking account?

MR MOTI: That is not correct.

MR MOOIJ: Because Officer Diederichs will be called if necessary to give that evidence, that that's what their investigation showed.

MR MOTI: Okay, call him.

MR MOOIJ: And is it also not correct that you gave approximately R150 000 to a person in Cape Town in a form of mandrax?

MR MOTI: It is not correct, where would I get that money?

MR MOOIJ: Should we go over the amounts involved in the robbery again, Mr Moti?

MR MOTI: Those amounts were surrendered to the commander so it shows, it goes without saying that I was left with nothing after surrendering everything to the commander.

MR MOOIJ: Now you mentioned a while ago that when you got to your commander's house one night, he told you to come early the next morning and that you had to get a vehicle to carry out a certain operation, do you remember that?


MR MOOIJ: And you also said that when you arrived there, there were a number of cadres there, amongst other's Themba Radebe?

MR MOTI: Yes, there were two cadres, three with the commander.

MR MOOIJ: Well you didn't specify the number, you said there were some other cadres there?

MR MOTI: It's commanders house, I said Peter Nkosi and Themba. The commanders place.

MR MOOIJ: Now don't you find it strange that from the evidence led on behalf of Mr Maseko and also Mr Maseko that Themba was unknown to them as being a member of APLA?

MR MOTI: I even found it strange when he said I was not a member of APLA. So ask about myself.

MR MOOIJ: You mentioned that Themba was there and according to the evidence, Themba was not a member of APLA.

MR MOTI: He even said I was not and I am and Themba is a member of APLA.

MR MOOIJ: So you're saying that that evidence ...(intervention)

MR MOTI: Is not true.

MR MOOIJ: It's not true, it's a lie?

ADV SANDI: Where is Themba now, do you know?

MR MOTI: Yes, he is here.

ADV SANDI: Thank you.

MR MOOIJ: Will Themba be called to give evidence on your behalf?

MR MOTI: You are going to call him or ...?

MR MOOIJ: I'm asking you, Mr Moti, I'm asking you whether Themba will be called to give evidence on your behalf.

MR MOTI: It's up to the representative but Themba has got his own views about the process so I don't know, I don't want to answer on behalf of Themba. He may be called because he is here.

MR MOOIJ: How many incidents were there at this particular store, East Avenue Bottle Store involving a robbery?

MR MOTI: You said how many incidents?

MR MOOIJ: Yes, how many robberies were there?

MR MOTI: It's one robbery. We repossessed from Fidelity Guards.

MR MOOIJ: Let's have a look at page 10 of your application. Operation 18, place Eldorado Bottle Store. Eldorado East Avenue Bottle Store, it's at the top of the page. Armed robbery of Fidelity Guards. Then the next one, operation 19, Eldorado Park First Avenue Bottle Store, not remembered. The details are exactly the same.


MR MOOIJ: Do you see that?

MR MOTI: I don't remember. Yes.

MR MOOIJ: So you're saying there was only one robbery there?


MR MOOIJ: Are you absolutely sure about that?


MR MOOIJ: Chairperson, is it possible for me to enquire how long the proceedings will still last for today?

CHAIRPERSON: Have you still got a great deal of ground to cover?

MR MOOIJ: Yes I have Chairperson.

CHAIRPERSON: Do you have?


CHAIRPERSON: Yes well then will it be convenient for you if we were to adjourn at this stage?

MR MOOIJ: I see it is already after 5, so it may just be a good time to adjourn.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes. We have reached the end of the proceedings today. We will have to reconvene, adjourn the matter and reconvene tomorrow morning in this venue and to recommence with this matter at 9 o'clock in the morning and hopefully there won't be any cause for delays tomorrow. Unfortunately we have a bit of a backlog on our hearings roll so we would like to start with this matter promptly in the morning, but we will adjourn at this stage.