Apartheid-era informers archives should be made public - Kasrils

2017-08-24 18:32
Ronnie Kasrils (File, Beeld)

Ronnie Kasrils (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg – Former minister for intelligence services Ronnie Kasrils on Thursday called for the ANC government to release the apartheid-era archives to the public.

"We as South Africans, every one of us needs to know and understand the truth about the past and everything that took place," Kasrils said at the colloquium of civil society at the University of Witwatersrand in Braamfontein.

Kasrils said a list of impimpis (informers) from the ANC’s liberation movement needed to be made public.

He said the people who were part of the list were apparently providing information to the apartheid-era security.

Kasrils said the list was handed to former South African president Nelson Mandela.

There is no reason why the country should operate in secrecy in relation to the apartheid years, he said.

"There are very few people in the ANC who saw that list. I have no idea what names are there.

"In the context of the time, President Mandela was really focused on maintaining the stability, a unity within the liberation movement…opening up that list could be regarded as opening up a can of worms," he said.

He also said some of the people who might be on that list could be those in high places.

He claimed the ANC did not want to disclose information regarding those within the ANC who were leaking information to the apartheid security branch.

“I am not pointing fingers to government now, I am saying from 1994. As problematic as that might be, I am saying we need to know,” he said.

Kasrils said should the list be made public, steps should be taken.

"I am sure that when Madiba saw these names, he didn’t want this revealed because I am sure in his mind he thought it would have created havoc within the ANC. Everybody today claims to be a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle."

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