'These f**king boere want to take me out' - claim in ex-Mandela cop's case

2017-03-15 13:39
Major-General Andre Lincoln leaves the High Court. (Caryn Dolley, News24)

Major-General Andre Lincoln leaves the High Court. (Caryn Dolley, News24)

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Cape Town - The head of an elite investigative unit appointed by former president Nelson Mandela was shot in the ankle outside a safe house two decades ago and, according to a fellow investigator, believed it was the work of a "third force".

This was heard in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

But Major-General Andre Lincoln, who confirmed he was indeed shot in the ankle outside a safe house in Higgovale, Cape Town, in 1997, denied he said anything about a third force.

In 1996, Mandela tasked Lincoln with leading a presidential investigative unit to probe Cape Town-based Italian mafioso Vito Palazzolo and his links to government officials, police, and businessmen.

He was instead arrested on an array of charges linked to Palazzolo. He was acquitted.

Lincoln is therefore claiming R15m in damages from the minister of safety and security (now the minister of police) for alleged malicious prosecution.

'Malicious' prosecution

Allegations made against Lincoln by another investigator in the Mandela-appointed unit, Abraham Smith, were read out in court on Wednesday. Smith claimed he saw Lincoln the day after the 1997 shooting.

"Director Lincoln said he thinks the shooting is third force-related and said: 'These fucking boere would like to take me out,'" Smith wrote.

Lincoln testified on Wednesday that he would never have used such language.

The court heard that Smith suspected that Lincoln removed copies of arrest warrants of Italian fugitives from the unit's office.

Lincoln denied this, saying the day he was arrested then fellow police officer Leonard Knipe, and another officer with the surname Rossouw, "removed whatever they could get their hands on" from the office.

Lincoln believes Knipe and Rossouw, acting on the orders of the then-national police commissioner George Fivaz, helped set up the "malicious" prosecution against him.

Knipe was in the court's public gallery on Wednesday.

Lincoln earlier testified that Smith was among those in the police who targeted him.

"Smith broke the law. He exposed a covert operation that should never have been exposed."

The case continues.

Read more on:    police  |  andre lincoln  |  cape town  |  corruption  |  crime

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