THE latest round of parole hearings of apartheid death squad leader, Eugene de Kock, the man nicknamed Prime Evil by South Africa’s press, have provided yet more evidence of attempts to trivialise the crime against against humanity known as apartheid.
Correctional Services Minister Sbu Ndebele is considering the parole applications of several prisoners, including that of apartheid killer, Eugene de Kock, the Saturday Star has reported.
In 1996, de Kock was sentenced to 212 years for crimes against humanity
The Star report over the weekend incorrectly states that de Kock was simply a policeman employed by the apartheid regime and fails to note that he was also a former South African police colonel and assassin, active under the apartheid government.
Considered one of the darkest figures of the apartheid period, in 1983, the South African Police transferred de Kock to C10, a counter-insurgency unit headquartered at a notorious farm called Vlakplaas, located 20 kilometres west of Pretoria, which became the site of multiple executions of political opponents of the apartheid government
De Kock, who had established a reputation for ruthlessness during operations in Rhodesia, was promoted as the unit’s commanding officer two years later. Under de Kock’s leadership, C10—later known as C1—became a death squad which hunted down and killed opponents of the National Party and the apartheid system.
Journalist Jaccues Pauw in a media briefing for eCNA excuses De Kocks actions in a video plea in which he downgrades de Kock’s status to that of a “common killer”.
Pauw goes on to state de Kock is “on a unique journey of reconciliation”, this despite many of his victims’ families demanding that he remain incarcerated.
One of the factors which lead to the execution of the Nazi lieutenant colonel, Adolf Eichmann was the killers inability to show any remorse or understanding of the magnitude of his actions. Although South Africa no longer has a death penalty, de Kock occupies a similar position in history with regard to his appearance before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and still appears unable, after 18 years in prison to understand the enormity or comprehend the consequences of his actions.