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Should SAPS be forced to pay apartheid cop’s legal fees in Cosas ...

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Should SAPS be forced to pay apartheid cop’s legal fees in Cosas 4 trial?

Battle over who bears the cost of former Security Branch policeman’s defence could delay case for at least two years

David Forbes

The tortuous battle to bring apartheid perpetrators of crimes against humanity to book took a step forward on Friday when judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng heard argument in the South Gauteng high court about whether the SAPS should pay reasonable legal costs for those of former police operatives.

At stake is a potential two-year delay in the trial of former Security Branch (SB) explosives expert Christian Siebert Rorich and former askari turned guerrilla Thlomedi Ephraim Mfalapitsa. Three other security police officers involved in the matter have died.

The upcoming trial will determine who was responsible for an explosion in a deserted mine pump house near Kagiso in 1982 that killed three young men, Eustice “Bimbo” Madikela, Ntshingo Mataboge (Matubane) and Fanyana Nhlapo, and seriously injured Zandisile Musi...

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