CAPE TOWN October 19 1997 - SAPA

TRC INVESTIGATIONS HEAD QUITS

Truth and Reconciliation Commission national investigations director Glenn Goosen has resigned over personal differences with his political head, commissioner Dumisa Ntsebeza.

Goosen handed in his letter of resignation last Friday, TRC deputy chairman Dr Alex Boraine told Sapa on Sunday.

"Glenn feels that he wants to leave now because the situation he has been working in has become untenable," he said.

"There is no doubt that the two of them (Goosen and Ntebeza) have not found it easy to work with each other. We are trying to resolve it. If Glenn resigns it will obviously not be easy to resolve."

Boraine said "very real" differences had emerged within the TRC over the planned restructuring of the investigative unit.

This debate is taking place as the commission prepares to enter the final phase of its mandate: finalising the thousands of remaining amnesty applications and writing the final report.

Boraine said he and TRC hairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu had met Goosen to try to persuade him to stay on.

"(We) suggested that he ought to weigh it up but he decided he wanted to hand it (his resignation) in."

Boraine said the matter was now in the hands of TRC chief executive officer Dr Biki Minyuku who would meet Goosen on Monday.

"The resignation will only be confirmed once they have had a discussion.

"I would be very sad if indeed it were confirmed. He has a number of skills, and it would leave a hole. But, bear in mind, that a lot of investigations have already been completed.

Ntsebeza referred all media inquiries to Boraine while Goosen could not be contacted for comment.


South African Press Association, 1997
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