Apartheid hit-squad member hands himself in

2010-08-03 14:15

Former apartheid hit-squad member Joe Mamasela has handed himself

in to the Jabulani Police Station in Soweto today, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Opperman said: “Mamasela handed himself

in earlier today and we will now continue investigations as with any murder


Mamasela was being held at Jabulani Police Station and no charges

had been laid.

Police were looking for Mamasela after he allegedly shot dead his

landlord in Soweto on Saturday evening.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said: “It is believed that the

landlord had warned Mamasela to move out of the house a few times and Saturday

was his deadline to move out.”

The 49-year-old landlord was shot four times and died on the scene

in Zola.

Mamasela was part of the Vlakplaas police unit run by former

colonel Eugene de Kock in the 1980s.

Mamasela, in his early fifties, publicly confessed to taking part

in the abduction and murder of Port Elizabeth activists Sipho Hashe, Qawawuli

Godolozi and Champion Galela, known as the Pebco Three, in May 1985.

He was also involved in the killing of 10 youth activists, better

known as the Mamelodi Ten, in 1986 and Durban human rights lawyer Griffiths


In return for his helping the then Transvaal attorney-general track

down former security police members involved in human rights abuses during

apartheid, he was granted indemnity from prosecution.

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