Eugene de Kock parole: Has justice been done in South Africa?


It is not easy to find Vlakplaas – the small farm where some of South Africa’s most notorious apartheid-era murders took place. On a dirt road about 20km (12 miles) west of the capital, Pretoria, I pulled over and waved down a passing pickup truck to ask for directions. “Vlakplaas? Sure – it’s just before the river, on the left,” said a bearded white farmer. “But there were no murders there.” It was an early reminder that some white South Africans have yet to acknowledge the crimes carried out by their old government, and by one particularly notorious policeman – Eugene de Kock. De Kock was in charge of a death squad that operated out of Vlakplaas, and was…

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