– Tuesday marks the day in history Eugene de Kock was sentenced to 212 years in prison for crimes he committed under the apartheid government
– De Kock headed a unit who oversaw the assassination and torturing of anti-apartheid activists
– He spoke about his crimes before Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he also implicated apartheid leaders
On 30 October 2018, 22 years has passed since de Kock found out he would be spending the rest of his life behind bars.
De Kock, who worked as a colonel in the SA Police Force, led a Pretoria-based counter-insurgency group known as the C1 unit.
The unit was responsible for either murdering anti-apartheid activists or torturing them with the aim to end their involvements in liberation movements.
However, Briefly.co.za learned after SA became a democratic state in 1994, de Kock and others like him were brought before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
There he spilled the beans on the work the C1 unit did and the involvement of political leaders, such as FW de Klerk, in the apartheid murders.
According to SAhistory.org.za, de Kock was accused of several crimes including covering up security police’s involvement in the killing of the Cradock Four.
De Kock applied to be pardoned of all the crimes he committed during the apartheid-era but a judge denied his application and sentenced him to 212 years behind bars.
However, after serving only 19 years of his 212 year sentence, de Kock was released on parole in 2015.
Since becoming a free man, he has been spotted visiting at the Frranschoek Literary Festival, where he ordered several political assassinations.
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