Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has distanced himself from an assertion contained in former Deputy Chief Justice Judge Dikgang Moseneke’s recently-released autobiography.
In Moseneke’s memoir entitled My Own Liberator, the legal luminary mentioned the name of young anti-apartheid activist – who coincidentally shares the same name with police minister Nhleko. In the book, Moseneke represented the young activist in a politically-motivated murder trial in the 80s.
According to Moseneke in his book, the said activist spearheaded the necklacing of a 78-year-old resident and traditional healer in a tiny Eastern Cape township near Queenstown at that time.
In reaction, police minister Nathi quickly disassociated himself from Mosenek’s statement. He said it was a coincidence that the said anti-apartheid activist shares same first and last name with him, as he is not the one represented in the book.
Speaking further, Nhleko said he has never murdered anyone or been convicted of murder nor lived in Queenstown.
“I would like to place it on record that I have never murdered anyone, nor been convicted of murder nor lived in Queenstown. I am definitely not the person Judge Moseneke writes about”, he said.
The Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS), also rallied behind Nhleko, stating that the minister is not the person represented in the book by the former deputy chief justice.
Moseneke’s autobiography contains the story of his extraordinary life; including his poignant memories of detention. He also retraced his life from Lady Selborne in Pretoria to Robben Island, the struggle against apartheid as an attorney and later an advocate in the book.
Deputy Chief Justice Judge Dikgang Moseneke was born in Pretoria on December 1947. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science and a B Juris degree while he was a prisoner on Robben Island.
In June 2005, the liberation struggle hero became deputy chief justice, a position he held until his retirement in May this year.
Police minister Nathi’s quick response really saved South Africans and readers from wrong impressions.