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It was one of apartheid’s most brutal mysteries. Now we may hear ...


It was one of apartheid’s most brutal mysteries. Now we may hear the truth

Court case for abduction and disappearance of MK activist Nokuthula Simelane has, after years of delays, begun

David Forbes

The disappearance of ANC courier Nokuthula Simelane on September 8 1983, has been one of the most intriguing and brutal stories to come out of apartheid.

The case against the two surviving security policemen who allegedly abducted her at the Carlton Centre and, after weeks of interrogation, snuffed out her life, was postponed on Monday until June 6 in the North Gauteng high court.

Presiding judge Mokhine Mosopa postponed the matter because accused one, Willem Coetzee, had apparently contracted Covid-19 and also has “underlying complications with his lungs”, according to testimony to the court. Only accused two, Anton Pretorius, was in court...

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