ADV DE JAGER: Mr Coetzee, youíre still under oath.

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Booyens please?


Mr Coetzee, at some stage you ascertained the ownership of this car that you allegedly saw at Jeffreyís Bay, is that correct.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Well I donít want to be at cross purposes, Iím talking about the fact that the car in fact belonged to Mr Chris Hani, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct.

MR BOOYENS: When did you find that out?

MR COETZEE: That was in exile Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: In London, after youíd made contact with the ANC?

MR COETZEE: After Iíd made contact with the ANC.

MR BOOYENS: Before you testified before the Harms Commission?

MR COETZEE: I canít say exactly at what stage but it was in exile Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Very well. Now, you could have had - the car was discussed again at some time when you were in exile, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Just the fact that it was Mr Haniís car, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: ...[inaudible] instead of discussed it might be just mentioned and not discussed.

MR COETZEE: Just mentioned.

CHAIRPERSON: And not discussed.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Yes, I take your point Mr Chairman.

You see Mr Coetzee I want to put it to you, the fact that you saw this motor car is an afterthought and you never saw such a car there.

MR COETZEE: I emphatically deny it Mr Chairman, I know what Iíve seen and Iím 100% sure of it.

MR BOOYENS: You are also aware - before you testified in this matter you became aware of a certain - you referred to the documentation that was filed in this matter, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct, all the hearings and all the evidence ...[indistinct]

MR BOOYENS: All the evidence, all the telexes and those things, is that right?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: You are also aware of - if you would be so kind as to turn to Volume 2 page 177. I take it you have also see that document, thatís the - letís call it for short the Ladybrand Security Report.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: And you must also obviously have seen the bit where it appears that according to the author of that document on the 21st of October, Mr Kondile was alive.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Did that also influence you in determining the date when you believed that Mr Kondile was killed?

MR COETZEE: Not at all Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, while we are busy with that volume, please turn to page 107, did you deliberately forge your so-called job card?

MR COETZEE: No, not at all Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Now this unfortunately doesnít tell us anything of your movements before the 20th of August, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: That is correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: But it does tell us about your movements after that date?

MR COETZEE: About movement after that date, I wouldnĎt say itís my specific movements but it does tell of movement after that date on my job card.

MR BOOYENS: The very last entry, am I correct - you were away from the office for two days at the end of December in Easter Transvaal?

MR COETZEE: That is correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Is that a genuine entry?

MR COETZEE: According to my recollection I was just before I left because I handed Vlakplaas over to my successor on the 31st of December 1981 and I knew that I was somewhere in the Eastern Transvaal during that time.

MR BOOYENS: And then thereís an entry covering the period 11 - 23 November when you were Natal, is that a correct entry?

MR COETZEE: That is correct Mr Chairman, although I did leave the area for a day or two.

MR BOOYENS: To go where Mr Coetzee, can you remember?

MR COETZEE: To get rid of the Lesotho diamond dealer Mr Chairman, at the Swaziland border - of his body.

MR BOOYENS: Well, weíre not going to go into detail on that one because I know itís a subject matter of one of your other applications which Iíve got nothing to do with. Then it also reflects your movements in the Eastern Cape and if I talk about the Eastern Cape, I talk about the present Province that we would call the Eastern Cape. In other words, that would include East London.

MR COETZEE: Thatís how itís indicated on the job card, yes.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, why does the job card not reflect the Komatiepoort trip?

MR COETZEE: I wonít be able to say what exactly went on or whether it was included in the period, for instance the 9th of October till the 29th Mr Chairman. I for instance - where it is indicated as Eastern Cape here, I know that I came up from the Lesotho border on the 24th of October with the Linley shooting after the Ogies attack of so-called infiltrators on persons in a caravan after which we were called to assist in the Eastern Transvaal.

So for quite a time - a while or a time period in this 9 October till 29 October I spent on the Lesotho border. Iíve also spent some time with Koos Vermeulen in the Western Transvaal with Vuzi and Peter and then some time in the Eastern Transvaal where during that period, Vuzi and Peter were killed.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, to summarise that long answer, are you saying to me that you really donít know why the Komatiepoort trip is not reflected on this?

MR COETZEE: No, itís difficult to say because the job cars were not accurate at all, itís wasnít a true reflection of your movements and that was also clearly stated in the Harms Commission or came out in any case, in the Harms Commission.

MR BOOYENS: If you say East London - the very first entry, that means you were what has been referred to within the area of jurisdiction of the border security branch, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Somewhere during that period if I understand your evidence correctly, you would have been in Port Elizabeth?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Thatís also not reflected there?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: So, in fact there is - on your documentation, there is nothing - and Iím talking specifically about page 107, there is nothing reflected at all which connects you with any of the trips in connection with Mr Kondile?

MR COETZEE: No, Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, I have said to you that it is denied but only on collateral - Iím not going to deal with it at length, it is denied that the Audi was stolen at Colonel van Rensburgís instructions. Did I understand - is my recollection correct that you at one stage - the Audi, the way the you described how the Audi was stolen is in fact a key was handed over to you, is that correct? - an ignition key.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: By Nick van Rensburg?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Is my recollection also correct that you stated that when - in fact when the car was stolen, van Rensburg and Raath were with you?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Just to make it absolutely clear, if I say with you in the immediate vicinity where the motor car was parked?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct, of the house where the car was parked.


MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: So clearly, if the Eastern Cape people wanted to steal the car they had the means to do so themselves?

MR COETZEE: That had the means to do so themselves, Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: And it couldnít have been that they were afraid of being identified there. By the way, where was this place, was it in the black residential area?

MR COETZEE: Iím not 100% sure, it was on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth Mr Chairman, but the suburbs and the area is unknown to me. Iím not familiar with the area. I accept it was in a township.

MR BOOYENS: Okay, but they couldnít have made use of your services also because they were afraid of being seen there because they were at the scene?

MR COETZEE: They didnít make use of my service, the reason only they can explain Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Now, you were stationed for how long at Oshoek border post?

MR COETZEE: From January 1977 till the first week in January 1980, if my memory serves me right.

MR BOOYENS: In other words about three and a half years?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: And you testified yesterday that Roy Otto was stationed there for a period of about eight years - at Lebomba.

MR COETZEE: At Lebomba border post I believe, I donít know, I havenít got firsthand knowledge of that.

MR BOOYENS: The security police in those days was a rather small community, not so?

MR COETZEE: It was Mr Chairman, it always was a small community.

MR BOOYENS: Did you ever visit Lebomba border post Mr Coetzee?

MR COETZEE: I was there once at the border post - at the security branch offices at the border post when I reported to Archie Flemmington with the Kondile murder Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Well just to jump back quickly and with Peter and Vuzi?

MR COETZEE: With Peter and Vuzi, theyíve met us at the junction and we went to the river very, very nearby to the main road Mr Chairman. I canít remember whether Paul or Koos Vermeulen that was with me at the time, went to call Major Flemmington.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, I just want - and I please want to get absolute clarity, who was there at the scene at the time Mr Kondile was murdered and his body was buried?

MR BOOYENS: I will tell you who I know was there, then you neednít repeat that. According to your evidence that was basically the three P.E. men - the three applicants, yourself, Paul van Dyk, Archie Flemmington, two of Flemmingtonís men, one of whom did the shooting and the deceased of course. I count nine, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Major Flemmington included, Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Nine or ten, but is that the sum total of the people that were there?

MR COETZEE: The names youíve mentioned, Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, would you please turn to page 116. This is an extract of your amnesty application heard in Durban on the 7th of November 1996, is that right?

MR COETZEE: I accept it Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Just line about 25: "and the two Ermelo men" - that passage:

MR COETZEE: The full ...[intervention]

MR BOOYENS: Itís about line 25:

"And the two Ermelo men each grabbed a hand and a foot:

MR COETZEE: Must I read that who sentence?

"The four junior non-commissioned officers, Paul van Dyk, Sergeant Young from Colonel Nick van Rensburgís branch and the two Ermelo men"

It wasnít the Ermelo men, it was Major Archie Flemmingtonís men.

"each grabbed a hand and a foot"


MR BOOYENS: Thank you Mr Coetzee, thatís all Iím interested in really. You say thatís a mistake, there were no people from Ermelo?

MR COETZEE: Itís clearly indicated if the record is read in context in the Harms Commission, the Loots and Neethling trial and this record reads in context you can see it was again a slip of the tongue Mr Chairman.


MR COETZEE: Which is normal and happens in every day life even in this Commission.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, is it correct that you have admitted that you have - and Iím not going to repeat them, but yesterday during cross-examination and once again this morning, you have made - admitted that there are several mistakes in your papers and the times that you made evidence and so on. Like you say, itís normal.

MR COETZEE: Itís insignificant ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Just say that there are several mistakes, thatís the ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: There are, Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: For example, one of the other mistakes is that you also ascertained later on that the description of the colour of the Stanza that you have given us is wrong.

MR COETZEE: I said I think it was light green or light yellow and it was proved to be light yellow.

MR BOOYENS: Yes. How did that happen Mr Coetzee?

MR COETZEE: I wasnít sure of the colour and it was later explained in documents that it was a yellow colour. I donít know in which documents Mr Chairperson.

MR BOOYENS: Could it be in fact that you were right that the Stanza you saw was light blue or light green?

MR COETZEE: No, no, I wasnít sure of the colour, it comes out clearly Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: And the first - did I understand you to say that the first time when in fact it was mentioned that the Stanza was the car which was with Mr Kondile, was that on that very same day when you saw it or at a later time? - we just want to make sure of that.

MR COETZEE: It belonged to the detainee what was mentioned if I can recollect correctly, the night when we arrived at Jeffreyís Bay Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Before you saw the detainee?

MR COETZEE: On our way to the detainee, Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Now, so Mr van Rensburg, while you were still on your way to the detainee - before you have seen him, mentioned to you that that specific car belonged to a detainee?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Do you know why he mentioned it Mr Coetzee? How did it happen?

MR COETZEE: Well, it was strange that he opened the garage door adjacent or very near the second or third one from the garage where - police garage where we parked the Audi in and closed the door, that he opened it, had a look at it and closed it again Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: So okay, I just want to - because I didnít understand your evidence so clearly, so these were separate garages? - closed garages, the Audi was parked in one of them?

MR COETZEE: The Audi was parked in one and the Datsun in one of the others, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: So you couldnít see the Datsun when you parked the Audi?

MR COETZEE: If I remember correctly, Jan Raath parked the Audi and we came afterwards Mr Chairman - after he entered the police yard Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: And then for some or other reason Nick van Rensburg walked with you to the garage where the Stanza was parked, opened the door, took a look and closed the door again?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: He didnít - thatís rather peculiar behaviour wasnít it? There was no specific reason that I can think of why he would want to look at the car. Do you think he wanted show you the car?

MR COETZEE: No, maybe - only he can say, I can just guess that he wanted to make sure that the car is still there Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Oh, I see. But he didnít pass any comment as to express surprise whether the car was there or not there or gave any explanation for this peculiar behaviour of his?

MR COETZEE: No, Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Can you remember how many lock-up - how many garages there are?

MR COETZEE: No, thereís was quite a few of them, I canít remember how many Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee obviously, if the Audi - not the Audi, if the Stanza was never entered into the police books - the police register in Bloemfontein, this whole elaborate charade of ostensibly releasing Mr Kondile and then kidnapping him and so would have been completely unnecessary, is that right?

MR COETZEE: I donít understand the question, can you ...[intervention]

MR BOOYENS: Well, as I understand you, the only reason why Mr Kondile was ostensibly released was so that they could get the motor car from Bloemfontein?

MR COETZEE: That is what was ...[intervention]

MR BOOYENS: That was what was explained to you?

MR COETZEE: Thatís what was said by their legal representative Mr Maritz, in the Harms Commission Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: And thatís the only person that ever said it, Nick van Rensburg never said it?

MR COETZEE: No, he confirmed - Nick confirmed that the detainee was released, abducted and illegally held.

MR BOOYENS: At the Harms Commission?

MR COETZEE: I canít remember where but with less details than was given in the Harms Commission by their legal representative Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: But you say Sam Maritz said at the Harms Commission that they released the man in order to get his motor car back.

MR COETZEE: No, heís - it is in this Volume 3 Mr Chairman, I think he said he was taken to Bloemfontein, he was released, his car was given to him and he was free to just leave wherever he wanted to go Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Well, that is a far cry from admitting that he was illegally detained subsequent to that.

MR COETZEE: Well, I just said to the legal representative then, so my story makes more logic. The fact that he was found in a white single quarters - as being confirmed by one of the applicants du Plessis in this hearing, and that his car was held in the garage there at Bloemfontein - at Jeffreyís Bay after it was put to me that he was released in Bloemfontein and his car handed to him there in Bloemfontein.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, but to return to the question Iíve asked you earlier on, this charade of releasing Mr Kondile, getting him to sign for his car and kidnapping him again, would only have been necessary if that car was entered into official records otherwise there would be no need for it.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman, except there was other property too entered into the registers at Hilton police station in Bloemfontein where he was detained.

MR BOOYENS: Well you know of course that he was transferred with - and the documentation is available Mr Coetzee. He was transferred with a warrant in terms of Section 6 and all the paper work was there.

MR COETZEE: I have seen it Mr Chairman, thatís correct.

MR BOOYENS: Surely one would have expected when he was released at Hilton police station in Bloemfontein that if there was other property he would have taken that with him because there was nothing irregular about that transfer on what we can see.

MR COETZEE: There wasnít anything irregular Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Coetzee, Iíve got a copy of - in Volume 3 page 92, you say - page 92, thatís the record of your evidence in London at the time of the Harms Commission, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: I will accept it Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Now at - your answer a question - I think this is you being questions by Sam Maritz if Iím not mistaken, it looks like - ja, itís Maritz, Sam Maritz says to you at line two that he doesnít understand the story and that:

"As Iíve learnt from Colonel Nick van Rensburg, this Kondile was arrested coming out of Lesotho as I can remember"

and then you carry on with your answer:

"His car was then booked in a police station somewhere in the Free State. Then I said at the time when I met at Jeffreyís Bay I canít remember or canít say whether he was then officially released and kidnapped again or whether he was then still officially detained at Jeffreyís Bay police station but according to what I can recollect what they told me, they released him eventually officially, handed him his car and all his belongings and then he was kidnapped thereafter"

In fact it seems that was what you say that you learnt from Colonel Nick van Rensburg?

MR COETZEE: I canít remember that I said it but it should be Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: But you canít remember where and when you learnt it from Colonel Nick van Rensburg.

MR COETZEE: At what stage, Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: From what I see here, it doesnít seem as if Sam Maritz said it, you in fact said it?

MR COETZEE: No, itís in this - if the Commission will just bear with me a second, he tells the whole story of the release but Sam Maritz said it.

MR BOOYENS: Ja, no but what Sam Maritz said, as I now understand you, is in fact he said to you:

"No, the man was released, his car was handed to him and he was free to go"

MR COETZEE: At Bloemfontein Mr Maritz ...[indistinct]

MR BOOYENS: You see at page 93 of the same record Mr Maritz continues cross-examining you and if you specifically - from line 10 Mr Coetzee:

"According to them the car was kept in the Free State somewhere at a police station in the Free State"

Thatís your answer.

"Then he must be taken to the police station in the Free State"?

Itís not a statement, itís a question.

"I suppose so, yes"

Thatís your answer.

"And driven his car there" - "I suppose so, yes"

"And allowed to drive off"? - " suppose so, yes"

"And they caught him again" - "According to them"

"But you saw the car at Jeffreyís Bay"

And this significant in the answer Mr Coetzee.

"Thatís correct"

"But how is that possible"

Thatís Sam Maritz and hereís your answer:

"No, I donít know, it was a two door Stanza, I donít know. Iíve seen the car there and I cannot say whether he was then officially detained again or already been released"

"But you said now that van Rensburg told you that that was the car of the detainee"? - "Thatís correct"

Now here it seems on this answer opposite line 20 that you are uncertain whether the man was officially released or officially detained again, but according to what van Rensburg told you, the man had been kidnapped, he couldnít be officially detained by the time you saw the car.

MR COETZEE: It was quite a long remark, perhaps Mr Booyens can just help me to sort that out Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Very well. Against the context of your answer here Mr Coetzee, van Rensburg told you the man was taken to Bloemfontein, given his car and kidnapped and the reason being that he had a brain injury, so thereís no question that he could have been officially detained, he was illegally detained.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct, he was illegally detained after being released, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: Now, what Iím asking you is to explain your answer to the Harms Commission in London, that you cannot say whether he was then officially detained again or already been released.

MR COETZEE: Well, that was conclusions that I came to and it was confirmed to be correct Mr Chairman, by Mr Maritz.

MR BOOYENS: No, no, Mr Coetzee, but the point is by the time you gave evidence in London, Nick van Rensburg had already told you the story - if I understand you correctly, that they kidnapped the man.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: How could you still leave room for the possibility that he was officially detained?

MR COETZEE: Well, I couldnít - I had no documents to say when he released and whether he was at that stage unofficially detained - although I got the impression that he was because of his car in the garage and he was ...[indistinct] in the single quarters.

MR BOOYENS: Very well Mr Coetzee, I hear your answer.

Could you just bear with me Mr Chairman. I try to be a man of my word Mr Chairman, that concludes my cross-examination.


CHAIRPERSON: Thank you Mr Booyens.

INTERPRETER: The speakerís mike is not on.


MR VISSER: Thank you Mr Chairman, thereís pressure on me now to be a man of my word as well.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, Mr Visser.

CROSS-EXAMINATION BY VISSER: Mr Coetzee, do you have Volumes 2 and 3 in front of you?

MR COETZEE: Yes, Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Can I just ascertain your stand in regard to the application of the four applications for amnesty in the Kondile matter before this Committee at the moment, do you oppose their applications or not?

MR COETZEE: I in person, not at all Mr Chairman and I do not wish them not to be granted amnesty at all, Iíve got nothing personal or bitter against the applicants.

MR VISSER: Right. Mr Coetzee, is it correct to say that in the year 1989 you decided to come clean, to tell the full truth?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And how you went about this?

MR COETZEE: Well, I was forced in a way to make up my mind when Almond Nofomele spoke from death row in October 1989 Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes, and how you went about this was to contact the "Vrye Weekblad", either Mr Max du Preez or Jacques Pauw, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Jacques Pauw was a friend of mine I met in 1986 and I contacted him.

MR VISSER: Yes. And you were then whisked off to the Island paradise of Mauritius, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Eventually yes, Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Where - as you explained to this Committee under great stress, you told you story to Jacques Pauw, it was recorded and transcribed.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman. The transcription I believe was done afterwards.

MR VISSER: Yes. That transcription was confirmed by you under oath in the Harms Commission as being true and correct?

MR COETZEE: Well, I have to accept that thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And that became known as the Mauritius statement?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Exhibit 31 I think it was but thatís not relevant, in the Harms Commission. After your Mauritius statement you gave evidence to Mr Justice Harms in London on commission?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Before the Commission Iím sorry, I should have said.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And thereafter, am I correct in saying that you also gave evidence regarding your revelations in the Neethling trial?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And in your own Ngenge trial where you were an accused?

MR COETZEE: I did not give evidence at all in the Ngenge trial.

MR VISSER: Oh I see, all right I stand corrected. You commenced writing a manuscript in 1990 which wasnít completed at the Harms Commissionís time, but which you have handed in to this Committee I am told copyright reserved, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And apart from that you made an affidavit to which I will refer you within a short time, written out in your own handwriting or is it in someone elseís handwriting?

MR COETZEE: If Mr Visser can ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: 102 of Volume 2 Mr Coetzee - 101.

MR COETZEE: No, itís not my handwriting Mr Chairman.

MR BOOYENS: But thatís an affidavit attested to by you?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: On the 8th of October 1996? Youíve already confirmed it yesterday.

MR COETZEE: Ja, itís the same one - ja, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: You also had an opportunity to tell your story in your application to the Amnesty Committee, did you not?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And lastly, as far as I know you gave evidence to the

the Amnesty Committee, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Now I want to ask you this, from 1989 to where youíre sitting today, if it should appear that there may be contradictions in the various stages where you gave evidence on paper of verbally, which would you choose - which of these instances would you choose as your evidence that comes closest to the truth.

MR COETZEE: Well, are of them are relevant Mr Chairman, you can easily - if read in context - all the evidence, you can clearly see I slipped like for instance with the two Ermelo guys instead of referring to the two Komatiepoort guys, so thereís a line of consistency right through all that evidence and as I say, with slip-ups on smaller non-irrelevant points.

MR VISSER: Yes, slips of the mind? Mr Coetzee, the question is merely this, youíre not saying today that: "In 1989 when matters were fresh in my memory thatís really the document you should look at, the Mauritius statement".

And neither are you saying: "Today as Iím giving evidence before you Mr Commissioners, I have had the opportunity of talking to people, of finding out for example that the Datsun Stanza belonged to Chris Hani and it was stole by Kondile and today you can look at this evidence and this is really what you should look at to discover what is the closest version to the truth". Youíre not saying that, youíre saying weíve got to look at all of it?

MR COETZEE: Youíve got to look at all of it in context, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: All right. Now just by way of introduction very briefly and lastly by way of introduction. You say your purpose of your quest for the truth was a full disclosure, you wanted to get it off your chest - I think were the words you used in London?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes. But you see thatís not entirely correct, is it? Because letís tell each other this, that there were other influences for example the "Vrye Weekblad" considered you to be the scoop of the year did it not?

MR COETZEE: I wonít be able to say.

MR VISSER: Oh come on Mr Coetzee ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: Well, I wasnít working for them and I wasnít in South Africa at the time when all the stories broke, I only came back four years later Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Mr Coetzee, letís not play around, yesterday you told this Committee that Jacques Pauw was interrupting you all the time because he was looking for sensation or words to that effect, while you were trying to tell your story, isnít that true?

MR COETZEE: I said he was interrupting because he as a journalist took a different viewpoint or a different approach than a legal would have had.

MR VISSER: Yes, well forget about Jacques Pauw, letís come to you. You were expecting to make money out of this werenít you?

MR COETZEE: I havenít made one cent and I did expect to make any money Mr Chairman and I clearly refused any money from anyone because I said all the way - at that time, that I canít stand on the grave and the bodies of people that Iíve killed and make money out of it.

MR VISSER: Yes. And is that also with the same purpose that you wrote your manuscript, not to make money out of it but just to tell the truth?

MR COETZEE: The manuscript was written, I was trying to delay the Harms Commission to publish the facts in a book, have a few copies printed, dish it out to Mr Justice Harms and the world press and tell them: "Thatís my story, you can now cross-examine me on it".

Unfortunately the legal representatives didnít want to listen and I had to go to London because I knew I was going to be up against a wall of denials.

MR VISSER: Yes, they pushed you into it as you put it?

MR COETZEE: I was pushed in.

MR VISSER: Yes. The point is, thatís not my question you see, Iím asking you if you did it for financial gain, yes or no?

MR COETZEE: Not at all. At that stage it was for factual - the facts to come out without being bogged down and tied down by legal niceties in judicial commission.

MR VISSER: Forget about that time, what is your purpose now with your manuscript?

MR COETZEE: It is ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: ...[inaudible]

INTERPRETER: The speakerís mike is not on.

MR COETZEE: It is eight years later ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: When you said that it was - at that time it was for financial gain and he says: "it wasnít at that time".

MR COETZEE: It is eight years down the line Mr Chairman and that document stands as it is, not touched ever again or worked on except being polished as far as spelling mistakes are concerned but not submitted to anyone for printing purposes or updated at all with the knowledge I have now.

MR VISSER: Then just answer this one question would you please Mr Coetzee, why do you write: "Copyright Reserved" on that document?

MR COETZEE: I was helped with the document by my brother, he printed it for me and translated my Afrikaans into a fairly good English and he printed it at the top, I donít know what it means at all.

MR VISSER: Letís forget about that. Iím going to suggest to you, you had your own private agenda did you not?

MR COETZEE: My private agenda, thatís true Mr Chairman, the truth and nothing but the truth ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: No, pardon me ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: Will and shall come out.

MR VISSER: Yes, apart from that. Your agenda was to attempt to join the ANC?

MR COETZEE: I did eventually join Mr Chairman, because they were looking after me in exile, feeding me, boarding me, lodging me and given me protection from onslaughts on my life.

MR VISSER: Yes. And you saw your future as the chief investigator and prosecutor in the Nuremberg Trials that were going to follow in South Africa, isnít that so?

MR COETZEE: I said if that was the only way out, I would like to get into investigating - itís in my manuscript too, because it will be a song, it is so easy to get down to the truth if there is a will to be but you canít get down to the truth if you have applicants like du Plessis in the Harms Commission as chief investigating officers.

MR VISSER: Yes, all right. In any event the real sinister agenda which I want to come to and which is relevant to this case is this one and that is, Mr Coetzee I put it to you that it can be summed up by the following: "They burnt me and now Iím burning them".

MR COETZEE: No, not at all Mr Chairman, Iíve told the story consistently from 1989 where Iíve put my role that I played. Iíve never falsely accused people on purpose if I - I did not but if I would have done the shooting in a certain incident I implicated myself, I never implicated anyone else. I told a story of the role everyone played in context and I said the truth. That is the truth and it will be proven one day to be the truth.

MR VISSER: Is that a good example which youíve just mentioned, if you did the shooting you admitted it? Where did you do the shooting, in which incident?

MR COETZEE: I constantly said - consistently said Iíve never pulled the trigger ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Yes, of course.

MR COETZEE: And - thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: So thatís a bad example Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: No, thatís not a bad example, that is exactly the truth Mr Chairman. If I did pull the trigger I would ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Which you did not?

MR COETZEE: But I did not.

MR VISSER: Yes, of course but thatís a good example.

ADV DE JAGER: But in fact Mr Coetzee, you ordered other people to pull the trigger?

MR COETZEE: Not ordered any specific one, there were enough volunteers on each occasion that I recorded just volunteered, grabbed the gun and did the shooting when the word was ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: And you elected the volunteers to go with you on many occasions?

MR COETZEE: I elected the men to go with me and they volunteered, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes, and just seeing that weíve been side-tracked, this morning I sat here listening to you while you were implicated - as you say: "I canít remember whether it was Paul van Dyk or Koos Vermeulen", implicating people in serious criminal offences at the drop of a hat Mr Coetzee, thatís my point Iím making to you.

MR COETZEE: Can you just refresh my memory please Mr Visser, on what occasion did I implicate Koos or Paul van Dyk?

MR VISSER: This morning you said in answer to my learned friend:

- and I donít want to get bogged down with you Mr Coetzee, the record will speak for itself: "Either Koos Vermeulen or Paul van Dyk, I canít remember whom" implicating them in the Kondile matter.

MR COETZEE: No, no, no ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Or in the Vuzi and Peter matter, I donít care.

MR COETZEE: Both of them were present at the Vuzi and Peter killing, Paul van Dyk and Koos Vermeulen Mr Chair.

MR VISSER: Letís follow this up, letís follow this up. You see, Jan Raath has come to this Commission to make a full disclosure and he has told the members of this Committee that he received an instruction which he decided to obey, which entailed that he left from Port Elizabeth in 1981 together with van Rensburg, du Plessis and Kondile and they went to Bloemfontein and at Bloemfontein they collected the car apparently belonging to the late Mr Hani and he drove that car directly from Bloemfontein in the direction of Barbeton, you heard him say that.

MR COETZEE: I wasnít present ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: No you werenít?

MR COETZEE: But Iíll accept your version.

MR VISSER: Then just as well I repeated it to you fully. He says and he is supported in that evidence by du Plessis and van Rensburg, that this motorcar was left near Barbeton just off the main road near the border.

MR COETZEE: Iíll accept that Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes. He says that they then all travelled, all four of them - and Iíve already mentioned which four, travelled to Barbeton where they met you and ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: ...[intervention] to Komatiepoort.

MR VISSER: Thank you Mr Commissioner.

To Komatiepoort where they met yourself together with a person who Raath says he didnít know but who he later realised must have been Mr Roy Otto.

MR COETZEE: Thatís incorrect.

MR VISSER: Thatís incorrect.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct - incorrect.

MR VISSER: And that they followed you in your car with their car to a place in the bush where the events took place.

MR COETZEE: They followed Mr Archie Flemmingtonís men in their vehicle to the point in the bush where myself and Archie Flemmington and Paul van Dyk were already waiting.

MR VISSER: All right. Now Iíve put the full story to you and now I want to go back to the car. Do you have any real ground for objecting to the evidence of Raath that the car was left along the main road near Barbeton near the border?

MR COETZEE: I have because that was not what was said to me - that was not what was originally arranged and that was not what was said to me by Nick van Rensburg.

MR VISSER: Yes. And what you told us - and now you must please listen very carefully and Iím inviting you to qualify anything I say, what you were told by van Rensburg, you were told at the time after youíd arrived in the bush near Komatiepoort where Mr Kondile was going to be eliminated or had been eliminated but at that spot and what you told was this: arrangements had been made for the car to be taken through - Iím not about this Datsum car, to be taken through the border and parked near the Legogo Holiday Inn, was that correct?

MR COETZEE: If you say you donít talk about the Datsun car, can you just please ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Iím talking about the Datsun car Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: Oh yes, yes, sorry I ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: What car did you think I was talking about?

MR COETZEE: I thought you said: "Iím not talking about the Datsun car".

CHAIRPERSON: Thatís what you said Mr Visser.

MR VISSER: ...[inaudible]

CHAIRPERSON: No, no, it was a slip-up.

MR VISSER: And I apologise to you Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: Iíll accept Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Did he then tell you who took the car through?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct, Chris and Chris Rorich ...[indistinct}

MR VISSER: And he said so to you.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct.

MR VISSER: You see Mr Coetzee, I want to refer you to your Mauritius statement in Volume 3 at page 28, and Iím going to suggest that this was the time when matters were far fresher in your memory than now 17 years later because at that time it was about eight years later.

MR COETZEE: No, Mr Chairman, at that time it was eight years that I hadnít spoken about it, I had no-one to confer with, I hadnít had the luxuries of sitting in hotels discussing with former colleagues all the contents and what happened, so it was vague in my memory if you Mauritius statement in context - not even remembering well-known persons that were close to me, not even their surnames.

MR VISSER: I want to go on Mr Coetzee, I gave an undertaking that Iím going to finish in an hour so if I could have your assistance perhaps we could do it. At page 28 there are "Vís" and "Cís" in the margin, I think you said thatís "vraag" and Coetzee.

So Coetzee - half way down the page says:

"No, wait a little bit"

CHAIRPERSON: ...[inaudible]

MR VISSER: Page 28 Mr ...[indistinct]

MR COETZEE: That was put to me yesterday by Mr Booyens, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: ...[inaudible]

MR VISSER: Volume 3. No, no, Volume 3.

Yes, and you must forgive if thereís going to be some overlapping because I canít avoid it.

"No, I see him there. Now I am there together with these people from P.E. security and then they told me this was a person who had come from Lesotho".

Iím going to skip a few lines and then you say:

"It was a Datsun Coupe, 2 door as far as I can remember. I did not see the motor car at that stage"

My learned friend did indeed ask you. Would you please remind us - refresh our memories as to what your reply to that was?

MR COETZEE: That it couldnít have been proved not to be true, it proved to be a slip of the tongue Mr Chairman ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Oh yes, a slip of the mind yes ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: Right through the evidence that Iíve given before several forums.

MR VISSER: All right. Now turn to page 29 please. I want to direct your attention to - letís start from the bottom the second last sentence I think:

"They came with old Colonel Nick"

and thatís a reference to Mr van Rensburg ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: On page, sorry?


MR COETZEE: Paragraph? You said at the bottom of the page ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: At the bottom, the second last sentence.

MR COETZEE: The second last sentence?


"Came with"

Do you see those words"

MR COETZEE: The second last sentence says:

"Ons sou did reel maar toe Nick daar aankom"


MR VISSER: Okay, the third last sentence then. Iím not confusing you on purpose Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: No, no, itís not in my Volume, the third last sentence reads - oh, itís the fifth last sentence:

"Came there together with old Colonel Nick and another person in a car. This motorcar was taken through the border post with false registration numbers"

Where does that come from?

MR COETZEE: From - as discussed in advance with Major Nick van Rensburg and done by the Ermelo security branch Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Have you ever told anybody else - after the Mauritius statement, about these false number plates?

MR COETZEE: I canít remember Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: More pertinently, have you told this Committee about this - I mean your Amnesty Committee about that, the false number plates?

MR COETZEE: I wasnít asked, I donít think Iíve mentioned it previously Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Iím going to suggest to you that in true form you were just embroidering here again Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: No, itís not true Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And you continue on that page to say:

"We would arrange that but when Nick"

Thatís Mr van Rensburg.

"came there he knew all Swazilandís stories, then he took him throughí

What does that mean?

MR COETZEE: Just exactly what I said relating to the Ermelo guys, heís left it with them for them to be taken through Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Well, perhaps one is in need of a better explanation. I want to suggest to you that these words in plain Afrikaans means that Mr van Rensburg took the vehicle through the border.

MR COETZEE: Thatís what it means in plain Afrikaans but he obviously didnít do it Mr Chairman, you must look at it in context.

MR VISSER: Why would you suggest if they wanted the motorcar to be discovered, would they fit false number plates to it?

MR COETZEE: Because the person taking it through the border will then be registered in the registers as Mr Chris Deetlefs taking the car through the border instead of Sizwe Kondile.

MR VISSER: Mr Coetzee, you told us in Harms Commission that you moved freely through the border posts, isnít that so?

MR COETZEE: I was border post commander and I did move freely up and down, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes. And security personnel from Ermelo would have been able to do the same surely?

MR COETZEE: Well obviously they knew cars of the ...[indistinct] Ermelo guys so they would have taken it through a different border too Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes, all right. Yes, I was going to ask you this question but my learned friend has done so, perhaps I should just give the Committee members the references. The issue of - Mr Coetzee, you seeing the car according to your evidence, in Jeffreyís Bay you will find in Volume 3 at page 53. At page 86 of Volume 3:

" I was told it was the car belonging to a detainee"

And page 93 to which my learned friend this morning has referred - that is the London record Mr Chairman. In the manuscript at page 98 of Volume 2 - I see I didnít jot down the paragraph number Mr Chairman, perhaps I should do that for you quickly ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: About two thirds of the way down?

MR VISSER: I do apologies, I should have marked the paragraph numbers as well. And then at page 102 of Volume 2, I want to direct your attention to Mr Coetzee. Page 102 of Volume 2 in the middle of the page, I put it to you ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: The page number please?

MR VISSER: 102. I suggest to you that you are now at the point where youíre walking with Mr van Rensburg - according to your evidence, in Jeffreyís Bay and this is the appropriate time to refer to the car, would you agree with that?

MR COETZEE: The exact point at Jeffreyís bay where we spoke about it was - as far I can recollect, when he opened the garage Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes, but Iím talking about page 102 and Iím putting it to you, you didnít mention seeing or knowing anything about that car in this affidavit on the 8th of October 1996. And all I want to ask you is whether thatís another slip of the mind?

MR COETZEE: Is it not mentioned at all in this statement?

MR VISSER: Iím putting it to you, if you can find it youíre a better man than I am.

MR COETZEE: Well then youíll have to give me time to go through it but it will be ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: All right, you can do so later and if you can correct Mr I will stand corrected. Thatís at 102 ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Anyway, the effect of your question is that there is no mention of him having seen the car at Jeffreyís Bay in that statement?

MR VISSER: Yes. In that - on the 8th of October 1996 no reference is made to that car.


MR VISSER: And in the evidence Mr Chairman at page 110, line 12 of Volume 2, youíll find his evidence before in the amnesty application. And page 110 of Volume - itís line 12 at Volume 2. And Mr Chairman, with that I wish to step off that issue except for one point.

Today you told us that Jan Raath parked the Audi in a garage after it was stolen and that garage is at the police station in Jeffreyís Bay.

MR COETZEE: That's correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Well, have you ever told any living soul this piece of evidence before today?

MR COETZEE: That the car was parked in the garage? Yes, Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: No Mr Coetzee, please listen - that Jan Raath parked the car there?

MR COETZEE: I canít remember Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Ag well, of course you didnít because you just sucked it out of your thumb didnít you?

MR COETZEE: Mr Chairman, this business of sucking things out of my thumbs, I havenít got thumbs - I would have had thumbs left anymore, I donít suck it out of my thumb. Iím talking about things as I can remember it, itís a long time ago and ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Well I just put it to you plainly that this is first time youíve ever mentioned anything about Jan Raath parking that car there.

MR COETZEE: Well Mr Chairman, we stopped before - I canít say whether itís the first time.

MR VISSER: Thank you. And Jan Raath will - Jan Raath denies that he knew anything about this motorcar, that he ever asked for the tyres of this motorcar or that he ever drove the motorcar or parked the motorcar.

MR COETZEE: It is a very, very, - sorry, affair that the applicants Mr Chairman, has come so near to the truth but doesnít want to open up and just come out with the full truth. I canít understand why the logic has just stopped here, And I want to mention to this Commission if you afford me ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: Yes, but thereís ...[inaudible]

INTERPRETER: The speakerís mike is not on.

ADV DE JAGER: ...[inaudible] amnesty for the killing of Kondile.

MR VISSER: I accept that except that I just knew that it had to - I had to put to Mr Coetzee the version of Mr Raath for fear of confronted that I didnít put it Mr Chairman.

Now, letís come to another matter which might also be only obliquely relevant. You associated yourself with the killing of Mr Kondile, that much we can accept.

MR COETZEE: I did Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And you knew when you gave your evidence before the Amnesty Committee that you were supposed to explain how that was an act associated with a political objective.

MR COETZEE: If you say I was requested, Iíll accept that Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: What is wrong with a "yes" or a "no" Mr Coetzee?

MR COETZEE: I canít specifically remember whether I was asked about the political objective of it Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: The application form requires it of you Mr Coetzee, thatís a part of the requirements of the Act Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: On the form, I will accept Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes. And ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Visser, if I remember correctly Mr Coetzee - his application for amnesty related to some 40 matters, this was just one of them.

MR VISSER: Yes, indeed but that doesnít change the fact that he knew that he had to set out a political objective.

And what Iím really coming to is this. Is it not true that you have consistently told everyone on all occasions that Sizwe Kondile has sustained brain haemorrhage or brain damage and that that is the reason why he had to be killed?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman, head injuries was my original one and it was then eventually put to me as brain haemorrhage and I donít know whatever but head injuries, yes.

MR JANSEN: But only to be corrected on this basis Mr Chairman, that heís consistently said that on a basis that it was told to him.

MR VISSER: Mr Chairman, and for your information the references to that you will find at Volume 2 page 94, paragraph (e) page 99, thatís the manuscript. Paragraph 5.4, .8, .3, .4, itís not in my numbering Mr Chairman and page 103, the affidavit - that is Volume 2 as well.

And then going to pages 118 to 119 of Volume 2 you became specific in your evidence before the Amnesty Committee did you not, where you explained that Kondile was - as far as you were aware, no security threat - thatís in the middle of the page.

CHAIRPERSON: Is that page 118?

MR VISSER: 119, Iím sorry. Did I say 118? No, Iím sorry, 118 is the security threat, quite correct Mr Chairman.

118 of Volume 2 - perhaps we should read this in fairness to you Mr Coetzee. In the middle of the page you say:

"Now, at the time, did you know anything about the security threat that Mr - or supposed security threat that Mr Kondile posed to the people in the Eastern Cape"?

Your answer is:

"No, I did not have any exact details about it Mr Chairman?

Then Justice Wilson who asks you at the foot of that page 118:

"Sorry, have I misunderstood you? I understood that this man had suffered injuries and was mentally unstable now"


MR COETZEE: Where are you reading now Mr Chairman?

CHAIRPERSON: Page 119. The foot of page 118 to the top of page 119.

MR COETZEE: Right, Iíve got it thank you Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes, and Iíll have to pick it up again.

"Sorry, have I misunderstood you? I understood that this man had suffered injuries and was mentally unstable now"

Your answer is:

"As I said Mr Chairman, I could detect nothing from him looking at him as a person, I could nothing funny but apparently his behaviour became peculiar in some way. I didnít ask specific details about it but he able to walk, he was friendly and when Nick van Rensburg greeted him in single quarters that day and when he got out of the car at Komatiepoort, he was walking on his own, he looked quite normal"

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct.


"But they decided to liquidate him because of his injuries"

Asks Judge Wilson.

"They didnít want another Steve Biko case"?

"That's correct Mr Chairman"


"There was no question of him being a danger"?

Chairman - Iím sorry, you say:

"There was no question of him being a danger"

MR COETZEE: No, I donít - there was no question of ...[indistinct]

MR VISSER: All right. So from that a whole number of issues flow but the one that I want to concentrate on is that by putting to you that the only thing that seems vaguely political about this, is the - is your inclusion of a reference to Mr Steve Biko. Would you agree with that statement?


MR JANSEN: Mr Chairman, with respect, what is political is not for Mr Coetzee to comment on. Thatís a matter for argument and itís a matter for the interpretation of the Act. I think we should just keep to the facts and ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: I disagree with my learned friend but Iíll skip that question.


MR VISSER: But in your own words, you knew that that wasnít the reason, isnít that so Mr Coetzee? - thatís the point.

MR COETZEE: No. I knew the reason, getting rid of him was because he sustained injuries whilst being tortured, dived through a window to get away from his torturers or his interrogators, landed on his head and as a result of the he sustained injuries which could have caused another Biko case, was told to me Mr Chairman, which would have had huge political uproar ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Yes please, thank you Mr Coetzee, thank you very much, youíve answered the question. And Nick van Rensburg told you this?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And your common sense told you otherwise? - as weíve just read.

MR COETZEE: No, my common sense did not tell me anything otherwise. I donít know who - when they who knew him well would say his behaviour became peculiar, what that would mean, that you would have to put to the applicants Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: You did not know whether Mr Kondile was actively involved in politics yourself, did you?


MR VISSER: You didnít?

MR COETZEE: I did not Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: And that appears at page 129 Volume 2 Mr Chairman.

ADV DE JAGER: Mr Coetzee, could you please help me in this regard? Suppose he was released and it was ascertained that he had head injuries, that could reflect on an assault by the security police on a prisoner?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

ADV DE JAGER: How could that be of political significance as far as the whole country is concerned or the government is concerned?

MR COETZEE: I think one could just look at the Sizwe Kondile - Steve Biko case and Mthimkhulu case Mr Chairman, I canít explain it further than that, it would have - that he was a person of standing in the black community, it would have caused a huge uproar if it was proved that he was ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: Good ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Was it feared that he might die of this injury or suffer irreparable damage?

MR COETZEE: That's correct Mr Chairman.

ADV DE JAGER: And that would reflect politically on the government of the day?

CHAIRPERSON: The security police.

MR COETZEE: On the security police and of course the National Party government.

MR VISSER: Thank you Mr Chairman. I was just going to give you the other reference, the first was page 129 of Volume 2 and youíll find another reference at page 134 of Volume 2 - 134. And the last reference in this regard before I step off, is at page 135 to 136 - 135 to 136 of Volume 2 and there youíll find all the references to this particular issue.

Letís talk - well, weíve already spoken about this brain injury and what you thought and must have thought to yourself about this brain injury Mr Coetzee. Iíve already put it you, your common sense told you that whatever Nick van Rensburg had told you wasnít correct, couldnít have been correct.

MR COETZEE: No, not at all Mr Chairman. I didnít know his behaviour as a person, I didnít know him that well and I accepted Nick van Rensburgís words that his behaviour became peculiar.

MR VISSER: And I just want to give the Committee - with your leave Mr Coetzee, the references. First of all, page 102 of Volume 2 where you said he looked friendly and normal at Jeffreyís Bay. Page 104 of Volume 2 where you said he walked normally. Page 111 of Volume 2 which you put it this way, that he looked quite normal. Page 116 is the next reference at Volume 2, where you gave evidence to say he was quite normal at Komatiepoort. Page 119 of Volume 2 where you said that you could detect nothing abnormal about him and lastly, page 120 of Volume to say that you were just told - presumably by Mr van Rensburg, that his behaviour had become peculiar. Do you remember that evidence?

MR COETZEE: That's correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: All right. Now if that is not so - and this is really a more important issue which I want to approach with you now, if itís not so or rather if it is so that you failed to set out a political motive on that basis which Iíve put to you, I suggest to you that the only basis which remains for you for your amnesty application in this case, is if you acted upon instructions.

Now you donít have to reply to that, thatís a matter of argument, Iím just introducing my questions to you. And you see, you said that you were given instructions in regard to the elimination of Mr Kondile. Now that is broadly speaking correct, isnítí that so?

MR COETZEE: That's correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Well, if you have any doubt, letís look at page 93 of Volume 2.

MR COETZEE: I admit it.

MR VISSER: Yes. Are you saying today still that whatever the instruction was - weíll come to that now, emanated from Willem Schoon, Brigadier Willem Schoon?

MR COETZEE: For me to continue to Komatiepoort and go and assist, that's correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Go and assist. Now, I want to put it to you bluntly Mr Coetzee, that is I were an applicant in an amnesty application relying on the fact that I executed orders from my superiors to kill a person I would have said so.

MR COETZEE: I donít understand the question, can - Mr Chairman, can you ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: I would have said so. I would have said: "Willem Schoon told me to go and assist in eliminating a person that was going to be brought up from the Eastern Cape.

MR COETZEE: Mr Chairman, in the security circles we donít speak in that manner, so word for word. And I can explain it, I did explain it in the manuscript I ...[intervention] before Mr Visser.

MR VISSER: Yes. But do you admit that the one thing you have never told anybody is that Willem Schoon told you to go and assist in the elimination of Sizwe Kondile?

MR JANSEN: Ag no Mr Chairman, with the greatest of respect, that is a completely unfair question, it just takes - it simplifies the complete context of volumes and volumes of Mr Coetzeeís evidence.

If it is a fact - if my learned friend is correct, which heís not but in any event, assuming him to be correct at this stage after all the amount of evidence we have of Mr Coetzee on record, then itís a simple matter of reading that evidence and seeing whether in fact he has never said that about Mr Coetzee - or Mr Schoon. And if Mr Schoon told him something, what it was and whether that is in order.

ADV DE JAGER: Mr Visser, could I just enquire? What is the relevance thereof as far as the present applicantsí applications are concerned?

MR VISSER: Well, the answer is a straightforward one, I act for Brigadier Schoon.

CHAIRPERSON: Well, not in this matter.

MR VISSER: In this matter Mr Chairman, the evidence of Dirk Coetzee - Mr Dirk Coetzee is that he received instructions from Brigadier Schoon to go the Eastern Transvaal ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, he has said that.

MR VISSER: Yes. So itís in this matter and Iím acting for Brigadier Schoon, thatís the relevance.

ADV DE JAGER: So, this is asked on behalf of a alleged perpetrator?

MR VISSER: Yes, indeed.

CHAIRPERSON: Anyway, as I understand the ...[indistinct] of the point youíre making is that Brigadier Schoon is obviously - Brigadier Schoon is going to deny what this witness is saying?

MR VISSER: Yes, yes.

CHAIRPERSON: I understand thatís the point youíre trying to make, is it not?

MR VISSER: Yes, thatís the easy part Mr Chairman. I must now test what Mr Coetzee - and I must refer you to the passages where Mr Coetzee has referred to this particular instruction - my learned friend has now challenged me to do this and Iím going to do it anyway.

At page 93 of - thatís your application, in paragraph IV, middle of that paragraph, Iím going to read it to you:

"At a later stage I was instructed by Colonel Schoon to meet up with Major Archie Flemmington from Komatiepoort and that Colonel Nick van Rensburg be joining us there"

That is ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: Is it page?

MR VISSER: 93, the middle of the ...

MR COETZEE: I can see it Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes, and thatís the sum total of what you said in your application form about - in connection with the instruction, is that not correct?

CHAIRPERSON: Well, the application form is not intended to be evidence isnít it?

MR VISSER: Yes, Mr Chairman, I concede that, I concede that.

Now, at page 94 where you dealt with political objectives sought, you came to (f) and you said:


Your acts were committed in the execution of an order and (g) you said:

"By Colonel Schoon"

So, thereís no question now. Now at page 99 of your manuscript, I want to refer you to that.


MR VISSER: 99 of Volume 2 and the paragraph number - Iím sorry, Iím referring to page 99 Volume 2 Mr Chairman and the paragraph number 5.4, .8, .3, .7 and I read this into the record as well:

"One day Colonel Schoon instructed me to meet up with Major Archie Flemmington from Komatiepoort and told me that Colonel van Rensburg would join us there"

Then you go on to say:

"It was clear that we had to get rid of someone and I assumed it would be the prisoner that I had seen and discussed with Nick at Jeffreyís Bay"

Now I suppose what youíre saying is what your counsel said when he objected to my question about the culture and how one spoke about - and what you said about how you spoke to each other in the security police, and thatís why you drew these inferences, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: No, I was 100% sure what I had to go and do at Komatiepoort. I knew who was coming up without specific names being mentioned and I knew what was going to happen there and so did Brigadier Schoon and so did Mr Nick van Rensburg and so did Mr Archie Flemmington and so did all of us.

MR VISSER: All right. But youíre quite adamant that it was Schoon - Willem Schoon who spoke to you?

MR COETZEE: That's correct Mr Chairman.


ADV DE JAGER: Sorry ...[indistinct] I think you should also refer to the next paragraph where he said he told Schoon that heíll need knock-out drops.

MR VISSER: Indeed Mr Chairman. I was going to refer to that separately but I can do it straight away.

Who spoke - in this meeting between you and Willem Schoon, who spoke about knock-out drops for the first time?

MR COETZEE: I spoke about it Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: So, if somebody were to say that Schoon called you in on this occasion and told you to go and fetch knock-out drops without you having asked for them, that - for the knock-out drops, that would be incorrect I suppose?

MR COETZEE: Can you just repeat the question please?

MR VISSER: If somebody were to say that when Schoon spoke to you on this occasion when you received the instruction, that he told you out of his own to go and fetch knock-out drops from General Neethling, that would be incorrect?

MR COETZEE: Incorrect, I told him that I needed knock-out drops.

MR VISSER: Thank you, thank you. Will you please turn to page 103 of Bundle 2, Iím referring to the second last paragraph:

"During early November I was summoned by Brigadier Schoon whilst in Pretoria, to collect knock-out drops from ...[indistinct] Neethling which he arranged"

MR COETZEE: Can you just - excuse me, Iím just seeing the car that you just now said I didnít mention in this affidavit, hereís a reference to the car.

"During the trip to Port Elizabeth we also discussed leaving his vehicle in Swaziland to"


MR VISSER: Mr Coetzee, Iím going to stop you because that wasnít the question which I placed in dispute.

MR COETZEE: Yes Sir, but I ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: I placed in dispute that you saw the car in Jeffreyís Bay please. Now just answer my question.

MR COETZEE: No, but you said it was never mentioned in this ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Anyway Mr Coetzee, just for the time being - you can mention that later but for the time being just refer to this paragraph to which Mr Visser is referring.

MR COETZEE: Can Mr Visser just read ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Iím not going to read it again, I read it to you before and you werenít concentrating.

CHAIRPERSON: Itís page ....[intervention]

MR VISSER: What is your reaction to this paragraph?

CHAIRPERSON: Itís page 103, the penultimate paragraph.

MR COETZEE: Ja, itís not put correctly Mr Chairman, it gives the impression that Schoon said I must go and collect knock-out drops, it doesnít give the right impression.

MR VISSER: Mr Coetzee, it doesnít give the impression, it says so. And why isnít ...[intervention]

JUDGE PILLAY: Mr Coetzee, was this the first time you spoke to Schoon about knock-out drops?

MR COETZEE: No, not at all, the first was in October with the Vuzi and Peter incident Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: All of that is of course on the assumption that Mr Kondile was eliminated after you eliminated - according to you, Mr Vuzi and Peter not so?

MR COETZEE: He was Mr ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Yes, you say so. At page 115 of volume 2, thereís now a radical change in that evidence, is there not because there you come back to the story that you asked Brigadier Schoon for the knock-out drops.

ADV DE JAGER: The reference please?

MR VISSER: I have the reference here as page 115 Volume 2 Mr Chairman, my reference may be wrong.

JUDGE PILLAY: Why are the two aspects contradictory you say?

MR VISSER: Well, in the one - and we made it quite clear in the question, in the one Mr Coetzee says he was the man who broached the subject of the knock-out drops, in the other it now becomes Brigadier Schoon. And you see the relevance of this is we are talking about what the instructions were.

Because you see Mr Chairman, Iím going to argue - you must listen Mr Coetzee, Iím going to argue that the knock-out drops were later imported - and the references are clear and Iíll take you through them in argument, were later imported to add something to the instruction to which Mr Coetzee had bound himself originally to relate to Mr Kondile and thatís where the knock-out drops story comes from in his so-called instruction from Schoon.

JUDGE PILLAY: I must say Mr Visser, my reading of it is itís not contradictory.

MR VISSER: All right, well thatís of course ...[intervention]

JUDGE PILLAY: If you want to attend to that please.

MR COETZEE: The knock-out drops story is confirmed by Mr van Rensburg in the application before this Committee where he said a sleep - he calls it a sleeping substance was added to his drink.

MR VISSER: Mr Coetzee, Iím not going to allow you to bring me off track. Letís just ask this last question on the knock-out drops. You know, this has remained a fascinating story. Itís powder which is poison, am I right? And itís knock-out drops which is a chloroform, an anaesthetic, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: That was the first one with Sizwe - with Peter and Vuzi Mr Chairman, thatís correct.

MR VISSER: Yes. And the powder never worked at all?

MR COETZEE: The powder never worked at all.

MR VISSER: Yes, poor General Neethling didnít know how to make a poison in powder form thatís for sure.

MR COETZEE: A very bad poison, thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Very bad poison.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct.

MR VISSER: And the knock-out drops, that didnít work either?

MR COETZEE: Not to the effect that you could put it a personís liquor and that he will fall asleep and that you can then remove him from one place to another to get him out of another country because he wasnít asleep as such.

MR VISSER: Yes. When ...[intervention]

JUDGE PILLAY: Mr - excuse Mr Coetzee, tell me, you made a request or you informed Schoon that you needed this sleeping agency in relation to the Kondile matter, how did you get that sleeping agency into your hands?

MR COETZEE: How did I get that ...[intervention]

JUDGE PILLAY: How did you receive it in order to use it?

MR COETZEE: I went in person to General Lotnal Neethling who wouldnít give it to you without the - I canít say instruction because he had a higher rank, but with the confirmation of my superior officer to him.

JUDGE PILLAY: So how did you know to go to him in order to collect it?

MR COETZEE: Well, Iíve collected before and I knew that he specialised in making substances like that after the Fox Street siege that they had in Joíburg, to put on food and in drinks that they would import for ...[intervention]

JUDGE PILLAY: I accept that but in the Kondile matter when you finally went to go and fetch the sleeping agency, how did you know that you must go and collect it on that day?

MR COETZEE: Because it was needed for Sizwe Kondile.

JUDGE PILLAY: I know it was needed for that.

MR COETZEE: Kondile matter.

JUDGE PILLAY: How did you know it was available?

MR COETZEE: He always had it available Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: No I think the question is, when he said: "How did you know"?, did Mr Schoon tell him that you would be coming for it or did you phone Mr Neethling that you will be coming for it and youíre authorised or ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: Mr Schoon - sorry, informed General Neethling that I would be coming to pick it up on my request.

MR VISSER: Perhaps to make the last question absolutely beyond doubt, are you saying Brigadier Schoon organised the drop-out drugs - knock out drops?

MR COETZEE: I donít know what you exactly mean by organised, he authorised it that I could pick it up.

MR VISSER: You donít understand what the word organise means?

CHAIRPERSON: ...[indistinct] youíre content with the word authorised?

MR VISSER: No, Mr Chairman, I want to know whether he knows what the word organised means.

MR COETZEE: If you as a person organised on your own accord anything ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: Yes. Now did Brigadier Schoon organise the knock-out drops?

MR COETZEE: He authorised it. He phone General Neethling and authorised it for him to give me the knock-out drops.

MR VISSER: So you refuse to answer my question?

MR COETZEE: Iíve answered your question.

MR VISSER: All right. Now I want to refer you to page 93 and it will now become clear why I asked you this last question. And now Mr Coetzee youíve pointed out how badly I count but Iíll try again. In paragraph iv from the bottom, seven lines up, what do you read there after the words:

"His body was then cremated"

MR COETZEE: I organised the poison which I received from Brigadier Lotnal Neethling of the forensic laboratory in Pretoria.

MR VISSER: So it wonít help me asking you what you meant by that because you donít know what organise means, is that right?

MR COETZEE: I presume in your context, yes Sir - yes Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: But jokes aside Mr Coetzee, you are telling the Commission in your application for that youíre the man that organised it.

MR COETZEE: I think a big scene is made about small little words. I went to pick up poison after it was authorised by Brigadier Schoon to General Neethling that he could give it to me, as plain as simple as that.

JUDGE PILLAY: And youíre the one that asked Schoon about it initially?
MR COETZEE: Yes, thatís correct.

MR VISSER: Letís make a big scene about another word, the word poison. When did you decide for the first time, that in relation to Mr Sizwe Kondile what was supposed to be used would be poison?

MR COETZEE: Well, my understanding of the knock-out drops is, if an overdose is given to this person he will eventually die, his nerve system will collapse and heíll just fall into deeper and deeper sleep until ....[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: Did you give him the knock-out drops?

MR COETZEE: No, one of the junior officers present at the scene, I didnít give it to him.

ADV DE JAGER: So you handed it to a junior officer and instructed the junior officer to pour it into his drink?

MR COETZEE: It wasnít necessary to instruct, they knew what it was there for Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: So it was simply handed to him and he knew what to do about it?

MR COETZEE: He knew what to do about it, thatís right. If it was ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: To whom was it handed?

MR COETZEE: It was one of the junior officers, either Paul van Dyk or one of Komatiepoort men, I would suggest it was Paul van Dyk but I canít say for certain.

CHAIRPERSON: ...[inaudible] the question thatís being put by Mr Visser to you is that heís seeking to draw a distinction quite clearly between what is poison and what is a mere knock-out drop.

MR COETZEE: Well, poison is something that will kill you in the end Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, and you are saying if the knock-out drop is administered in sufficiently large quantities it will eventually kill you, is that what youíre saying?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Now my question to you is, why do you refer in your application form to poison when you really mean knock-out drops?

MR COETZEE: Well, I think itís a matter of word choice Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: No, now Mr Coetzee, you were cross-examined at length in London about this distinction, please donít think weíve forgotten about that ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: Well, I ...[intervention]

MR VISSER: You said - please, you said:

"The powder was the poison, the knock-out drops were the anaesthetic"

And you confirmed it again today.

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: How then do you come about mentioning poison in your application form?

MR COETZEE: It was a choice of word, itís a word that Iíve connected to the knock-out drops that day - in this amnesty application of mine and it is clear it was knock-out drops. Whatever you want to call it, it was knock-out drops, poison ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: But then he wasnít poisoned Mr Coetzee. Thereís a great difference in killing somebody by poisoning him and killing him by shooting him or giving him knock-out drops, an overdose or whatever it may be.

MR COETZEE: I very clearly indicated Mr Chairman, that he was given a fair amount of knock-out drops which eventually made him fall over and he was then shot.

ADV DE JAGER: So he wasnít poisoned?

MR COETZEE: No, he wasnít poisoned.

MR VISSER: Now is that your last answer on this subject to Commissioner de Jager? He wasnít poisoned, you didnít administer poison to him?

MR COETZEE: No, knock-out drop or whatever you want to call it.

MR VISSER: All right, fine. Will you look at the top of page 93 of Volume 2 please? A1, what does that say? - Acts, omission or offences.

MR COETZEE: Abduction and murder, administering poison, assault.

MR VISSER: Thank you Mr Coetzee. Can I then refer you to page 29 of Volume 3 to see where this whole story of your comes from. Here is the man who is now making a clean breast of it, telling the world for the first time about the atrocities which he committed. 29 of Volume 3 and we are now going to learn who gave you the instructions. At the second (c), thatís the last paragraph:

"In any case I left and later I was sent"

And then there are words with we couldnít decipher from or which the transcriber couldnít decipher from the tape recording.

"I do not know whether it was at Schoonís stage or Fikter stage at head office"

MR COETZEE: Thatís what I said in Mauritius. I put the statement in context, I wasnít at that stage sure where I was standing with what happened at what time but after having a little bit of luxury of sitting down and thinking I was 100% sure and it can be checked.

MR VISSER: So Fikter was my previous commander and Brigadier Schoon took over from him and at that state at Mauritius - unsettled state, I just couldnít place the commander who gave the order.

MR VISSER: Were you in your unsettled state under the palm trees on the beach in Mauritius, prepared to make a statement without thinking, is that what youíre saying?

MR COETZEE: No, no, no, ...[intervention]

MR JANSEN: Mr Chairman, with the greatest of respect, those words are simply not even a remotely fair reflection of what Mr Coetzee has said up to now and itís certainly not even a remotely fair summary of what Mr Coetzee has just said. So maybe my learned friend should just stick to the facts.

MR VISSER: Mr Coetzee, can I ask you this? You say you didnít think, thatís what you said, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: No, I didnít say I didnít think. Think about what?

MR VISSER: Think about who gave you the instruction.

MR COETZEE: I did think and I couldnít recollect at that stage what time of my - in what period of my working in Vlakplaas did this incident happen.

MR VISSER: Are we then to derive from that that you could not place the situation where you obtained this instruction to go and murder Kondile, you couldnít place it in your mind, is that what ...[intervention]

MR COETZEE: At that point in time I couldnít place at what period of time it happened.

MR VISSER: And could you place that situation in your mind afterwards?

MR COETZEE: Yes, I could Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes. And the last reference Mr Chairman - Iím not going to deal with the witness with it, is the London record and that is Volume 3 at page 89 to 90.

Mr Coetzee, just very briefly, this issue of the alleged diving out of the window as you say you were told by Mr van Rensburg, very briefly I put it to you that originally you stated that he dived out of the window during an interrogation and that was that. Would you agree with that?

MR COETZEE: If it was said that way I will agree with it.

MR VISSER: And I want to put to you that later it became embroidered to the extent that he dived out of a window to escape an assault, a serious assault on him.

MR COETZEE: To escape from his interrogators.


MR COETZEE: Itís exactly the same. Whilst being interrogated, whilst - to escape from his interrogators, whatever happened he dived through a window and landed on his head.

MR VISSER: So interrogation in your book means the same as being seriously assaulted?

MR COETZEE: Thatís all that happened normally in the security police Mr Chairman.

MR VISSER: Yes, Mr Coetzee. The references Mr Chairman, Mauritius: page 29 of Volume 3. In the London evidence: also Volume 3 page 86 to 87. The same Volume, page 95 to 96. Page 100. In the application Mr Chairman: page 93 of Volume 2 - 93 of Volume 2, 94 of Volume 2, 99 of Volume 2, 103 of Volume 2.

And may I interject by saying that up to this stage, nothing is mentioned about any assault and you will be able to check that from those references. Thereafter Mr Chairman for the first time, in evidence before you, at page 111 Volume 3 says:

"He was illegally detained"

And then really at page 134 - 111 if Volume 3 - no, is it Volume 3, it must be Volume 2. Anyway I may be making a mistake with my note on Volume 3, suddenly when you ask Justice Pillay it just - Iím just wondering whether it shouldnít be Volume 2 - if youíll just make a question mark.

And then 134 - I also have Volume 3 here, where he speaks of seriously assaulted. If itís Volume 3 then obviously Mr Chairman I was incorrect in saying that it was in evidence before the Committee.

Then Mr Erasmus denies that you ever gave him money Mr - well, money from a stolen car Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: I never gave it to Mr Erasmus, thatís correct.

CHAIRPERSON: It was Mr van Rensburg, wasnít it?

MR VISSER: No, the evidence Mr Chairman - in fact I can give you the references again. I think we did in Mr Erasmusí give the references. Mr Coetzee alleged that he went down to Lady Grey with R7 000 which he got from a sale of a stolen Kombi which he handed to Gerrit Erasmus.

CHAIRPERSON: Oh, I beg your pardon.

MR COETZEE: No, I did not Mr Chairman, I said he accompanied Nick van Rensburg and I gave it to Nick van Rensburg.

MR VISSER: Well, whatever. Mr Erasmus denies that.

Mr Chairman, I believe Iím through. If you will allow me a short moment please?

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, certainly.

MR VISSER: Mr Coetzee, insofar as your evidence is in conflict with the evidence of the applicants here, I put it to you that their evidence is correct and yours is wrong.

MR COETZEE: Thatís not true Mr Chairman, theyíre three quarters to the truth. I was hoping that they will their 100% all the way.

MR VISSER: Yes, the problem is just where one falls through the hole of that quarter you see Mr Coetzee but be that as it may. You see I also want to put to you that youíre glossing over your mistakes which you have made in the past especially people whom you have implicated innocently in serious crimes is not something which you say is insignificant - an insignificant mistake, itís a very serious matter Mr Coetzee.

MR COETZEE: Iíve never implicated people in serious crimes without putting the record straight as soon as possible thereafter, if I realised it wrong, it was a slip of the mind.

MR VISSER: Yes. In this case of Kondile youíre not prepared to say: "I may be making a mistake about Deetlefs and Rorich and I really canít tell so Iím withdrawing what Iím saying about them".

MR COETZEE: I do not make mistakes like that.

MR VISSER: You donít no. You see the point about that Mr Coetzee is that youíre making that mistake on your evidence on hearsay evidence.

MR COETZEE: Well, that was what was told to me by Mr van Rensburg, thatís correct.

MR VISSER: Thank you Mr Chairman, Iíve kept to my promise, only just.


INTERPRETER: The speakerís mike is not on.


CHAIRPERSON: Any re-examination Mr Jansen?

MR JANSEN: Yes, Mr Chairman I donít know if there - there are other interested parties here, I assume that my re-examination should - I donít know what the counsel for Neethling intend doing ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: I donít think that the others are involved in what has happened up to now.

MR JANSEN: Yes, I agree.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, then Iíll ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: Except itís not really re-examination because he didnít lead him.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, but I mean Iím affording you this opportunity to put questions to him.

MR JANSEN: Yes. Itís a ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Merely arising out of what has transpired.

MR JANSEN: Yes, I didnít lead him on the assumption that we didnít want yet another record of a repetition.

CHAIRPERSON: I understand.

MR WITZ: Thank you Mr Commissioner. I represent General Neethling. Advocate Mannie Witz instructed by Attorney Adolf Malan. In view of what you told us on Monday together with the Committee, Iíve received instructions from my instructing attorney together with my colleague Advocate Cilliers who went home already on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

We need to know and get some ruling in regard to the application which is presently before you, whether or not and what the position is in regard to Lieutenant General Neethling who is interests Iím here to represent.

We received a notice from my learned friend Mr Steenkamp who is the evidence leader of the Amnesty Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in terms of Section 19(4), which reads very simply:

"To General Loot ...[indistinct] Neethling, Hatfield. That an application for amnesty of H du Plessis, van Rensburg, Raath and Erasmus in terms of Section 18 will be considered and heard at the Old Mutual building, 106 Adderly Street, on the 9th to the 13th of February at 09H00.

Take note as further that as a person interested in the application you has a right to be present. You are implicated in: No1"

Iím just shortening it Mr Chairman.

"The abduction, killing and disposing of Sizwe Kondile"

Now, without going into argument and just looking briefly at the evidence, I need some type of ruling in order to protect the interests of my client because itís clear in what you have before you that none of the four applicants that are mentioned have in any way either mentioned or implicated Lieutenant General Neethling in either the abduction, killing and disposing of Sizwe Kondile.

And in view of what Mr Coetzee has said today itís clear that if the knock-out drops were in fact administered by some other person, this had no part at all in either the abduction and/or killing and/or disposing of Sizwe Kondile so I need to know my position in this regard Mr Chairman. It is important in order to protect the interests of my client.

We did receive the notice, that is the reason that we are here and I need some type of ruling - possibly after the tea adjournment because it might lead to further complications in this matter in regard to availability of my instructing attorney, the counsel who is in the matter with me, Advocate Cilliers and whether or not we would need an opportunity to consider the matter to cross-examine Mr Coetzee - which would be at length, in relation to his allegations.

I know it was in unusual circumstances in which youíve allowed Mr Coetzee to answer questions in essence relating to this matter. And if possible Mr Chairman, after the tea adjournment you could give some ruling in regard to the admissibility or weight of evidence if at all, of Mr Coetzee in relation only specifically to my client, Lieutenant General Neethling. Thank you Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: Well, I can tell you now, Mr Neethling had been implicated by Mr Coetzee in his application for amnesty in earlier proceedings. I am also informed that notice was served on your client or he was notified that it was being said by Mr Coetzee that your client had supplied him with - whether you call them knock-out drops or poisons, but that is what was being said about your client Mr Coetzee. Today this is a repetition and there is nothing new that has emerged since the previous hearing in that regard. I do not know whether your client has in any way applied for amnesty. I donít know whether heís involved in any other matters for which he has applied for amnesty, maybe you will tell if he has.

MR WITZ: Mr Chairman, in regard to this matter, as far as I know and as far as Iím instructed he hasnít applied for amnesty at all. Heís denied this and it has already been read into the record - his reply to Mr Coetzeeís allegation ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, Iím aware if that.

MR WITZ: Youíre aware of that.

CHAIRPERSON: Iím aware of the letter that has been written on his behalf.

MR WITZ: That is correct.

CHAIRPERSON: In which he puts this denial and we are aware that itís on the record as far as we are concerned.

MR WITZ: Well it can be taken as read into the record.

CHAIRPERSON: It will be.

MR WITZ: Then Mr Chairman, as I previously stated we would need a ruling in this regard as to whether or not Mr Coetzeeís evidence should be tested in regard to his implication. Heís the only witness now who supposedly implicates Lieutenant General Neethling in these atrocities which were committed by Mr Coetzee himself, together with other members of the South African Police Services.

CHAIRPERSON: Insofar as your client is implicated, in other words whether your client supplied Mr Coetzee with what he claims he received from your client.

MR WITZ: That is correct Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: And weíve got your clientís denial on that.

MR WITZ: You have his denial.


MR WITZ: But Mr Chairman, I need some clarity in regard to what weight of evidence or what admissibility this Commission and yourself Mr Chairman, and your fellow members will be according to what Mr Coetzee has said. In other words whether his evidence must be tested by myself together with my other colleagues and what the position is in regard to his evidence.

CHAIRPERSON: Well, if you wish to put questions to him about your clientís denial, you may do so.

MR WITZ: The problem that I have there Mr Chairman, Iíve received instructions specifically from my attorney who was under the impression - and in fact that is why himself as well as my counsel who is in the matter went back to Pretoria, that they would need some type of notice.

We were under the impression that Mr Coetzee would not be called in this particular matter. That is the impression we were put under and it was only at a very late stage in the day, approximately twenty to four yesterday afternoon that the Committee came to a decision that in the interests of this Commission, Mr Coetzee would be called.

CHAIRPERSON: So I understand from what youíre saying, is that youíre not in a position to cross-examine Mr Coetzee, is that what youíre saying?

MR WITZ: That is correct. Other than I can put the denial and I can - as youíve already taken, read into the record what youíve already taken as accepted in the previous application. That is all that Iím instructed to do but if the need is for further cross-examination and Mr Coetzeeís version has to be tested, then Iím not in the position, Iím not instructed to cross-examine until my instructing attorney and Advocate Cilliers return if it is needed to do this cross-examination.

Itís also going to involved distance, various expenses, inconvenience to all the other parties and it was purely on this understanding - that is why they went back to Pretoria, that Mr Coetzee was not going to be called. And we need to know entirely at this stage what the status is of Mr Coetzeeís evidence only in regards to my client, not the other four applicants obviously.

CHAIRPERSON: The weight that we might attach or not attach to the evidence given by Mr Coetzee on whether he received any medication or any substance from your client, is a matter on which we at this stage cannot decide.

Weíll have to consider that in the light of the entire evidence that has been given. If we come to the conclusion that we would like to hear your clientís version on the matter then we will make arrangements for that to happen. But I think at this stage my prima facie view of my colleague who sat with me in the previous case, is that we will not require your client to give evidence and we have placed on record what he has to say in that regard.

MR WITZ: Thank you Mr Chairman, Iím happy with that decision.

CHAIRPERSON: Very well, thank you.

Mr Jansen, Iíll give you a few minutes break to decide whether you wish to put any questions that you might wish to, either to elaborate answers that he has given if you wish to or clear up whatever you think you might want to clear up.

MR JANSEN: Yes, there are a couple of matters that I want to clear up Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes. Weíll take a short adjournment ...[indistinct]

MR JANSEN: Thank you Mr Chairman.



MR JANSEN: Thank you Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Coetzee, you appreciate you are still under oath?

DIRK COETZEE: (s.u.o.)


EXAMINATION BY JANSEN: Mr Coetzee, in the latter part of 1981 you had the rank of Captain, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: That's correct Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: When did you become a Captain?

MR COETZEE: In April 1980 Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: When did you take over the command of Vlakplaas?

MR COETZEE: In August 1980 Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: Now, I think itís matter of record that as far as your application is concerned and as far as your Vlakplaas applications are concerned, thereís one incident in January 1981: the Pillay case, thereís one incident which you allege is round about the 4th of August: The Union Kombi and another one, 3 September which is the burning of certain vehicles in the Eastern Cape, the so-called Hippie vehicles and the rest are after 11 September, is that correct?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: Mr Chairman, if I may just - I promised you at a previous occasion the typed record of that letter, if I could maybe just hand it to the Committee members now and to the other people.

Itís an extract form the Harms Commission, simply repeating the content of that letter of 11 September. Itís written - itís not read in as a whole but portion by portion but itís apparent from these pages.

MR JANSEN: Now, was - before you took over at Vlakplaas, was it previously operating on the same basis that it operated eventually under your command?

MR COETZEE: No, Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: ...[inaudible] this document will go in as Exhibit C.

MR JANSEN: Thank you Mr Chairman. Sorry Mr Chairman, that should be E - sorry, D - D for donkey.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you. Yes, do carry on.

MR JANSEN: The animosity and - well, I suppose the serious personal differences that there were between you and certain of the police officials which related to your departure from the police force, did that involve any of the individuals in this application?

MR COETZEE: Not at all Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: When did you first become aware that it is alleged that Mr Roy Otto was involved in this incident?

MR COETZEE: Only on preparing for this hearing of the applicants Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: From what did you become aware that Roy Otto was alleged to be involved?

MR COETZEE: From the statements that the applicants have submitted to us and the Committee Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: Did you take any steps at that stage to see how it accorded with your evidence at Harms describing the physical features of the person shooting?

MR COETZEE: I did, I contacted a former police constable Frans van Jaarsveld. A friend of mine knew him very well and described him as bald, short, stockily built, with a coarse croaky voice.

MR JANSEN: Prior to September 1981 - in your entire police career and after you left Vlakplaas, were you ever at any other stage at the Jeffreyís Bay police station?

MR COETZEE: Never Mr Chairman, only once and that was that evening with the Audi, never again and never before.

MR JANSEN: If somebody with a senior rank like Schoon or van Rensburg friendly requested you to assist in something, would you say that would generally be an order or simply a request that you can refuse or comply with at your will?

MR COETZEE: An order which I would say - if you wanted to get kicked out of the family and get rid of, you should refuse and that would be the end of your participation in the security police.

CHAIRPERSON: You say that that would apply to not orders but even requests?

MR COETZEE: No, Iíll put it as orders, thereís was never a request for you to do something, it was actually an order Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: But is it true that is was very often couched in a request?

MR COETZEE: Thatís correct, to go and assist, thatís is correct Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: Youíre aware of the denials placed on record by General Neethling and youíre also aware of the present differences that still exist between you and the applicants in this matter, thatís correct?

MR COETZEE: That's correct Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: And you have obviously been through your versions on many occasions and as far as the judicial processes are concerned, I take it you cannot at this stage add anything to your previous testimony and attempts?

MR COETZEE: Thereís nothing more that I can do than what Iíve done over the past eight years Mr Chairman.

MR JANSEN: Yes. As far as any extra judicial attempts are concerned, you have expressed your desire to assist one step - or to assist the TRC one step further - and if you may just place that on record.

MR COETZEE: I do Mr Chairman, I would humbly request and seriously request this Commission to do a polygraph test on what Iíve said in front of this Commission, to determine on whether Iím speaking the truth and would humbly and dearly invite the applicants and General Notnal Neethling to do exactly the same. That would be a good indication to prove the non-guilt then of everyone involved if it comes down to that.

MR JANSEN: Thank you Mr Chairman, I have no further questions.



MR VISSER: Mr Chairman, while Mr Coetzee is still present - I neglected to do one thing I should have done.


MR VISSER: I should have referred you Mr Chairman, to the Judgement of the Appellate Division in the case of Neethling versus Du Preez and others and Neethling versus the Weekly Mail and others. It is reported in 1994, Volume 1 of the South African Law Report ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Youíll do that in your head to us.

MR VISSER: Yes, but - except that if my learned friend wanted to make comment on just one page which I want to refer you to and itís a matter of a factual finding.


MR VISSER: Itís at page 756 by his Lordship Mr Justice Hookstra ...[intervention]

JUDGE PILLAY: What page was that?

MR VISSER: 756. After the ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Sorry, reference again sorry, 1994?

MR VISSER: 1 SA 708 and the specific passage Mr Chairman, you will find at page 756 in the side numeral G and itís numbered 3, where the Appellate Division found - made a factual finding, that Coetzee was constrained to admit that he was quite unable to determine the sequence of (1) the Vuzi and Peter murder, (2) the Kondile murder and (3) the general incident - whatever that may be, but I think you will interested Mr Chairman, in the first two because you will recall that Mr Coetzeeís evidence is based on him going - after he had gone for the poison or the knock-up drops the first for Peter and Vuzi, he went for the Kondile knock-out drops and thatís why he says it followed after Peter and Vuzi and therefore in the beginning of November.

Of course the rest of the Judgement is also relevant Mr Chairman. I may just refer you - Iím not going to read it, to - on that same page against the letter (I) and on the next page against the letter (I) and over the page Mr Chairman. Thank you.

CHAIRPERSON: Are you familiar with that Judgement?

MR JANSEN: Yes, myself very familiar Mr Chairman, the context of course is - Iíd have to go into long explanations as to what were the present circumstances in the Neethling trial. The first problem there was that although there were problems with the sequence, there was not dispute as to the time. For instance there was no date of 10th August suggested as there was now for the event, so the whole - the entire factual enquiry related around events in October and early November and not ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: Mr Jansen, that could be dealt with in argument as I understand it ...[inaudible]

MR JANSEN: Yes, Mr Chairman, purely in argument, ja.

ADV DE JAGER: So, youíll deal with that in argument if ...[intervention]

MR JANSEN: Yes. Mr Chairman, I may place on record that I have no objection to the findings of the Harms Commission, the Judgement in the Neethling trial, which are matters of public record ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Thatís right.

MR JANSEN: Itís simple typed papers that ...[intervention]

ADV DE JAGER: It was based on the evidence ...[intervention]

MR JANSEN: Yes, and that my learned friends can use that if - to the extent that they regard it as relevant.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you very much.

MR JANSEN: Thank you.


MR BOOYENS: Mr Chairman, thereís just one aspect I wish to mention. We will endeavour to obtain such evidence as we can as to whether the motor car was booked in in Bloemfontein and so and if we can obtain an affidavit we will make that available to the Commission. Itís unfortunately a situation where weíve got to try and prove a negative in this regard.

CHAIRPERSON: Youíll do it in the form of an affidavit?

MR BOOYENS: Weíll do it in the form of an affidavit if people are around and alive and - we are talking about events 15/17 years ago.

ADV DE JAGER: And youíll see to it that copies are given to all the parties?

MR BOOYENS: My attorney will see to that Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes. Thank you very much.

This has been an arduous and long hearing and Iím sure counsel would like to gather their thoughts before they make any meaningful submission to us for our consideration. And as in the past weíve arranged with counsel if they wish, to make written submission to us on the assessment of the evidence and on such points, such as the interpretation of the relevant provisions of the Act and how those provisions should be applied to the facts of this case. With that in mind, I would like to ask your co-operation in trying to find out whether you could furnish us - counsel who wish to furnish us with argument by Friday, a fortnight from now which is the 27th of this month. Is that possible? Mr Visser?

MR VISSER: Mr Chairman, speaking for myself, yes. We would prefer to present you with full written argument. I only have one problem and that is, to be accurate in our references we need the record and unfortunately experience has taught us that it takes time. Iím afraid that we will not be able to meet that deadline if weíre going to do a proper job of the references to the evidence given before you. I do - I think Mr Chairman, that it may be done in a monthís time because that will give them two weeks time for us to type the record and let us have it and we would have two weeks in which to complete it.

I donít want to waste time, I would prefer to do it while matters are fresh in my memory obviously, but there is that problem in the permutation Mr Chairman.

ADV DE JAGER: Mr Visser, my problem with that is - I realise it will be of assistance with us, but if weíve asked you to argue now - all of you, then you would not have had a record and you would have had to be prepared to argue so there is no reason why we must give you more time to argue.

We could have asked you to argue now. Thereís no reason why we should give you an extension of time in order to prepare argument. You should have been prepared today so that you could have argued today. It would have been helpful if you could refer to the record but we appreciate it, youíve all made notes, Iíve made my notes and everyone made notes.

It would really assist us if you could file your arguments before the end of the month, the 28th of whatever the date may be because if youíre only filing it round about March while we have other instances to hear again, it will also become very difficult for us to replace ourselves in the position and think about the evidence. Itís still fresh in our minds too and we would like to do it as soon as possible at least.

MR VISSER: Mr Chairman, if you will overlook the inaccuracies which may arise from faulty notes, we will ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: I donít think inaccuracies are going to be of such magnitude. I think on essential matters we would like your co-operation because I want you to know that the Committee has - the panel as constituted now may not be sitting as it constituted for some time to come, if at all.

Weíll be scattered all over the show and Mr Booyens you shook your head very, very strongly when I suggested the 27th of February but why donít you place the burden on your attorney to do some draft for you? I would be pleased if you can.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Chairman, we will do what we can, I promise that.

CHAIRPERSON: Weíre not doing it out of spite ...[intervention]

MR BOOYENS: No, I fully appreciate that. Mr Chairman, we will do what we can. Perhaps if I can just place one aspect on record, something that my learned friend mentioned. If we could from our side just request, if there is unclarities in certain submission we made and so, then obviously we would just appreciate if the Committee could let us know so that we could if necessary, reply further to any uncertainty or something.

CHAIRPERSON: We certainly will not take decisions on facts where there is not clarity, we will not do that.

MR BOOYENS: No, Iím talking about the inaccuracies that Mr Visser is worried about in our submissions Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: I understand, thank you very much.

Mr Jansen?

MR JANSEN: Mr Chairman, as I understand my position, we are not opposing this application so we will not be filing heads but I may then file within the same two weeks period, just a short heads of argument ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: If you wish to make any submission ...[intervention]

MR JANSEN: To the original Committee sitting on Mr Coetzeeís Kondile matter, just dealing - the extent that this evidence may be admissible or to what extent it should be considered.

CHAIRPERSON: Well now, we have your heads in the previous application, do you wish to make ...[intervention]

MR JANSEN: Iíll just make a short additional heads.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, thank you.

MR JANSEN: Thank you very much.


MR MOOSA: Mr Chairman, may I ask one thing? I have no problem with the 27th and I donít the transcript is needed, I donít have any problems with those. Could we however submit our heads in say five days of the applicants doing so. The applicants ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: No, no, no Mr Moosa, no five days after theyíve done it, just do it irrespective of what they say. You know what their arguments are. Youíve come prepared to argue this case on that basis, just make your submissions please.

MR MOOSA: Why Iím saying that Mr Chairman, Mr Visser particularly has mentioned there will be reference to certain documents he incorporated as part of the applications of each and Iíve been through that document and I donít know what those references would be. I would welcome the chance to ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Moosa, you must discuss that with him between now and the time that ...[intervention]

MR MOOSA: Yes, that would be the sensible thing to do.


MR MOOSA: Iíll do that.

CHAIRPERSON: Yes, please. Iím telling you once again, it isnít because we want to put you under pressure, itís just that we are under immense pressure ourselves because of the volume of work and that is why we would like this as soon as possible.

MR MOOSA: Itís probably sensibly resolved between counsel.


MR MOOSA: Iíll speak to Mr Visser.

CHAIRPERSON: Mr Valus, any earth shaking statement from you?

MR ROUX: Nothing in particular. If the Commission would require me to submit heads, I would be prepared to do so but I donít ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: No, no, youíre not obliged to submit heads, Iím merely suggesting that if you wish to make any submissions, please do so before the end of this month, by the 27th which is a fortnight from today.

MR ROUX: I will do so Mr Chairman.

CHAIRPERSON: All right. The same applies to you.

MR NYOKA: Yes, I will be ready Mr Chairman and I assure the Committee that it will not slip my mind, thank you.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you very much. Well, thank you very much, the Committee now adjourns. It will consider itís decision in due course and make itís decision known in time.

MR BOOYENS: Mr Chairman, your registrar indicated that you would like to see us in chambers after this, is that still necessary or was ...[intervention]

CHAIRPERSON: My registrar indicated?

MR BOOYENS: That you would like to see us in chambers.

CHAIRPERSON: No, I think ...[intervention]

JUDGE PILLAY: Mr Booyens, I want to see you, you alone.

CHAIRPERSON: Thank you very much, we adjourn.