BOOK EXTRACT | The festive season that Pagad made very unfestive
This is an extract from ‘Bulelani Ngcuka: The Sting in the Tale’ (Jonathan Ball Publishers) by Marion Sparg
"We had to take action before New Year’s Eve. That was just a week away … We couldn’t risk any more bombings."
It was Christmas morning, December 25 1999. Bulelani [Ngcuka], at home in Cape Town, was up early.
The previous night’s celebrations had been dampened by the news of yet another bombing in Cape Town. Seven police officers had responded to an anonymous tip, and had been injured when an explosive was triggered remotely, exploding in a bin at 10.30pm outside a restaurant in Greenpoint...