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Who is Eugene de Kock

Who is Eugene de Kock? South African police officer, Wiki, Biography

Eugene Alexander de Kock is a former South African Police colonel, torturer, and assassin, active under the apartheid government. Nicknamed “Prime Evil” by the press, De Kock was the commanding officer of C10, a counter-insurgency unit of the SAP that kidnapped, tortured, and murdered numerous anti-apartheid activists from the 1980s to the early 1990s. C10’s victims included members of the African National Congress.

Following South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, De Kock disclosed the full scope of C10’s crimes while testifying before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 1996, he was tried and convicted on eighty-nine charges and sentenced to 212 years in prison. Since beginning his sentence, De Kock has accused several members of the apartheid government, including former State President F. W. de Klerk, of permitting C10’s activities. In 2015, he was granted parole, and is currently released as of 2019.
Born: January 29, 1949 (age 72 years), South Africa
Full name: Eugene Alexander de Kock
Parents: Lourens Vosloo de Kock
Siblings: Vossie de Kock
Movies: Prime Evil
Books: A Long Night’s Damage: Working for the Apartheid State

Early life and service

Eugene Alexander de Kock was born to Lourens Vosloo de Kock, a magistrate and personal friend to former prime minister John Vorster. Vosloo “Vossie” de Kock, Eugene’s brother, later described him as a “quiet” boy who “wasn’t a violent person.” He also recounted how their father, a member of the Afrikaner Broederbond, indoctrinated the boys in Afrikaner nationalist ideology and taught them “strict Afrikaans” as they grew up.

De Kock developed a long-time ambition of becoming an officer. In 1967, after finishing school, he performed his year-long national service in Pretoria at the Army Gymnasium. During this time, he and the rest of the Gymnasium’s six companies were deployed to Rhodesia’s border with Botswana to confront militant ANC incursions. De Kock graduated from the Gymnasium as an infantry soldier in the South African Defence Force. However, he decided not to attend the officers college in Saldanha Bay because of a stutter, and declined to pursue a B. Mil degree. He joined the South African Police’s uniform branch in the Eastern Cape.

De Kock underwent off-duty training at Pretoria’s Baviaanspoort Prison with members of the Security Police under Captain de Swart, in what later was to become the SAP’s Special Task Force. In 1976, instead of accepting an invitation to train new Special Task Force members, De Kock reported to the Police College for an officers’ course and was promoted from warrant officer to lieutenant.

In May 1978, De Kock was transferred to South West Africa and joined the security branch in Oshikati. In 1979, he co-founded Koevoet, an SAP counter insurgency unit tasked with combating the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) during the South African Border War. Koevoet was regarded as a highly effective unit, but its reputation was marred by allegations of brutality towards civilians. Its successes in tracking and killing PLAN guerrillas prompted the SAP to consider setting up a similar division in South Africa.

Vlakplaas

In 1983, the SAP transferred De Kock to C10, a counter-insurgency unit headquartered at a farm called Vlakplaas, located 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Pretoria. De Kock, who had established a reputation for commitment during his tours in Rhodesia and Namibia, was promoted as the unit’s commanding officer two years later. Under his leadership, C10—later known as C1—became a death squad which hunted down and killed opponents of the National Party and the apartheid system.

TRC testimony

De Kock first became prominent during his testimony in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, during which he made multiple revelations relating to ANC deaths.

De Kock has been interviewed a number of times by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, who ended up releasing a book, A Human Being Died That Night, about her interviews with De Kock, her time on the TRC, and what causes a moral person to become a killer.

Trial, conviction, and sentencing

Upon being convicted on 30 October 1996, De Kock was sentenced to two life sentences plus 212 years in prison for crimes against humanity. The eighty-nine charges included six counts of murder, as well as conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of a firearm, and fraud. De Kock served his sentence in the C Max section of the Pretoria Central Prison.

Imprisonment

In a local radio interview in July 2007, De Kock claimed that former president FW de Klerk’s hands were “soaked in blood” and that de Klerk had ordered political killings and other crimes during the anti-apartheid conflict. These claims were in response to de Klerk’s then-recent statements that he had a “clear conscience” regarding his time in office.

The Sunday Independent reported in January 2010 that De Kock was seeking a presidential pardon from President Jacob Zuma in exchange for more information about the apartheid government’s death squads, and that a three-hour meeting between Zuma and the incarcerated De Kock took place in April 2009. A spokesman for Zuma denied the veracity of the report.

In 2012, De Kock made several pleas for forgiveness to the relatives of his victims. In January, he wrote a letter to the family of Bheki Mlangeni, apologising for killing the ANC attorney in a 1991 bomb attack; Mlangeni’s mother, Catherine, doubted De Kock’s sincerity as he had never before shown remorse. In February, De Kock met Marcia Khoza in his prison, confessing that he had personally executed her mother, Portia Shabangu, in an ambush in 1989; Khoza would not forgive him, because he had scarcely shown remorse during his TRC hearing.

In September 2014, De Kock met the Mamas, the family of another of his victims. Candice Mama, daughter of the late Glenack Masilo Mama, did forgive De Kock, even going as far as to express in countless interviews support for his bid for parole.

Parole

Justice Minister Michael Masutha announced on 30 January 2015, that De Kock had been granted parole. At the press conference, it was announced that the date of his release would not be made public. Masutha further said that De Kock had expressed remorse for his crimes and had co-operated with authorities to recover the remains of a number of his victims. De Kock was nevertheless to remain on parole for the rest of his life.

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The ANC government supported Eugene de Kock, the apartheid-era policeman who commanded the notorious Vlakplaas hit squad and was responsible for the torture and death of many anti-apartheid activists, to the tune of R200 000 per month after his release on parole.

This shocking revelation emerged at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture, on Thursday.

A secret witness, referred to only as “Miss K”, told the inquiry taxpayers footed the bill for De Kock’s accommodation and protection in a safe house and even paid him a monthly “salary” of R40 000.

“Miss K” is employed as a project manager by the State Security Agency in charge of “Project Veza”, an investigation into malfeasance at the SSA. She was appearing at the commission on behalf of another SSA witness, Mr Y, who was unable to testify due to medical reasons.

De Kock’s testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) shed light on the fate of a number of activists who had either disappeared or died under mysterious circumstances during the 1980s but many people believe his unit was working with informers inside the ANC who have since gone on to occupy senior positions in the ruling party.

In October 1996, De Kock was sentenced to two life sentences plus 212 years in prison for crimes against humanity. He was granted parole in January 2015.

On Thursday, Miss K also revealed how the SSA paid an operative to intervene in the Fees Must Fall student protests that began in October 2015.

She also testified the agency handed millions of rands to then-state security minister David Mahlobo, who personally disbursed the cash to fund various covert operations.

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