‘They made my life hard when I said I couldn’t find anything on Aggett’
Johan Naude says he found nothing to justify the activist’s detention, but did not have the power to release him
A security branch officer who interrogated Dr Neil Aggett while he was detained for treason admitted on Tuesday he found nothing to substantiate claims of him being a troublemaker.
Testifying in the fresh inquest into Aggett’s 1982 death while in custody at the then John Vorster Square police station in Johannesburg, Brig Johan Naude said things turned pear-shaped for him when he made one of his superiors, Major Arthur Conwright, aware of this.
“I said to him: ‘I am failing to find anything that will formulate into a charge of treason’...