|Eveline Lubbers on Wed, 26 Nov 1997 12:53:04 +0100 (MET)|
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|nettime-nl: The (secret) Truth Commission Files|
November 26th, 1997 The (secret) Truth Commission Files http://www.contrast.org/truth On this site Contrast.org publishes the reports the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (NIZA) presented to the Truth Commission in South in November 1997. These files, composed by researcher Klaas de Jonge, reveal the leads that may prove the involvement of the Apartheid government intelligence and European secret services in several covert operations. You will find reports on, among others: * The assassination of Olaf Palme * The murder of ANC-representative Dulcie September and last but not least: * The involvement in the S.A. Chemical Warfare program of Brian Davey (cooperating closely with Dr.Basson), who now works for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague, the Netherlands. On the files Because of the secrecy surrounding this kind of covert operations and the unwillingness in the past or the local authorities in other countries to invest much time and money on investigations concerning South African actions against organisations like the ANC, few of these cases were resolved. Ten years later, this becomes even more difficult. Because of this, and reasons mentioned below, the data possessed remain necessarily scarce and without much hard evidence. The value of these files however lies in the assembling of virtually all the available information and theories developed over the years. The research was done in archives in different European countries (Holland, Belgium, France, England and Sweden), by interviewing knowledgeable people and by using the Internet. Conspiracy theories that inevitably surround these subjects are being brought down, documented with traceable facts and corrobarated by witnesses as much as possible. This resulted in firm conclusions on every single case, completed with clearly formulated remaining questions that ask for further research. We therefor kindly request anybody with further leads or additional information to contact us through email@example.com. On the research Two years ago the Instituut voor Zuid Afrika (the former Anti- Apartheids Beweging Nederland, now NIZA) contacted Klaas de Jonge to research gross human rights' violations by means of secret operations in Europe during the Apartheid era. Though this request of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) bore hardly any bounds in time nor space, recourses have been pretty limited. Klaas de Jonge worked on temporary contracts, the extension of which was very unsure every time. There was no money for additional help in processing his findings. As to the contacts with the Research Department of the Truth Commission in South Africa the support and feedback were very poor. Partly this can be explained by organisational problems of the TRC, a lack of money and skilled people on the right place. There may however be more important reasons that have kept the Commission from digging deep into the subject of secret operations in Europe. On the publishing The Commission is focused on Reconciliation rather than on uncovering the Truth. As this truth might hurt the stability within the country as well as relations with European countries (who kept a blind eye for decades), both of major importance to the new South African government. There is reason to fear that the real culprits, those politically or practically responsible for acts of violence in the apartheid- era, will not be punished, as they will succeed to deny their involvement and responsibility. Until now, nobody in South Africa applied for amnesty for the actions discussed here and there isn't much chance that in the near future anybody will confess. Although the presentation of these reports to the TRC caused some stirr in the press, in South Africa and abroad, no further research or publication have been announced yet. The covering up of secret operations of the Apartheid regime continues, until this very day. On this site you will find the Klaas de Jonge reports as they have been presented to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. Publishing these files through an independent channel, hopefully helps to prevent the hush up of these matters. Contrast.org supports the demand of further investigations into each of these cases. Read the files, and judge for yourself. -- * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet toegestaan zonder * toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een gesloten en gemodereerde mailinglist * over net-kritiek. Meer info: firstname.lastname@example.org met 'info nettime-nl' in de * tekst v/d email. Archief: http://www.factory.org/nettime-nl. Contact: * email@example.com. Int. editie: http://www.desk.nl/~nettime.