Secrets of apartheid’s death flights rise to the surface in new ...

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Secrets of apartheid’s death flights rise to the surface in new book

Atrocities committed against insurgents who were ‘disappeared’ lie quietly waiting to be discovered in the archives

David Forbes

Nkosinathi Biko opens his Death Flight foreword with chilling words: “This book will make your stomach turn. Do not avert your eyes.” If you thought you knew the worst excesses of apartheid’s depravity, you will find yourself challenging the facts in Death Flight.

The book painstakingly reveals a story of how our military expedited an extermination policy for guerrillas.

This “doctrine” involved drugging hundreds of guerrillas, loading them into a light civilian-marked aircraft, and flying out over the ocean, where they were murdered by an injected drug cocktail, and then their naked corpses heaved out to plunge 3.6km into the deep icy Atlantic currents, their bodies to disappear forever...

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