Coetzee takes secrets to his grave

2013-03-08 09:42
Dirk Coetzee (Nicolene Olckers, Beeld)

Dirk Coetzee (Nicolene Olckers, Beeld)

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2013-03-08 10:26

Watch investigative reporter Jacques Paauw speak about ex-Vlakplaas commander Dirk Coetzee. Coetzee died on Wednesday night of kidney failure.WATCH

Pretoria - The death of ex-Vlakplaas commander Dirk Coetzee means that he will take to his grave much unrevealed information about covert apartheid-era covert operations.

Coetzee died on Wednesday night of kidney failure.

Madeleine Fullard of the National Prosecuting Authority’s missing persons task team had hoped that Coetzee would help her identify the site where the body of Sizwe Kondile was burnt in 1981, reported the Times Live.

She said when Coetzee was first approached in 2009, he “was not that keen to help” but eventually agreed.

Kondile was an Eastern Cape activist who was captured, drugged and killed.  

Many years after the activist’s murder, Coetzee told a TRC hearing how he and his team had burnt Kondile’s body as they drank and had a braai nearby.

He was given amnesty for the murders of Kondile and others.

Ex-TRC commissioner advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza said Coetzee was the "scum of the earth" who could have done much more to help find the bodies of activists killed by the security police.

"My sense was that he was a person who was heartless... to him, killing was just a job," said Ntsebeza.

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