Many shocking, brutal, cruel, wicked, abominable, dreadful and atrocious crimes were perpetrated during the evil days of South Africa.
Apartheid was all about crime to humanity, and the former and present President of South Africa are perpetrators, they contributed to apartheid atrocities says Johan van der Merwe a police general during the apartheid era.
The former police general said former President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma and Mac Maharaj should all be charged with murder for their involvement in the bombing that happened during the liberation struggle.
Addressing an Afriforum conference in memory of the victims of the Church Street bombing in 1983, Merwe pointed-out that the bombing is “an act of terrorism” and a major highlight of the apartheid atrocities.
To him, the failure to prosecute Mbeki, Zuma and Maharaj isequality before the law.
“The Pretoria bombing” he said, “was authorized at the highest level of the ANC. I know the ANC is blaming Mr Oliver Tambo because he is dead, but in terms of their structures, the NEC was responsible for the policy and conduct of these bombings.
And the political military council was responsible to authorize these operations.”
According to the former police general, “most of the members of the ANC who served in this structure are dead, but Mr Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, Mr Mac Maharaj and a few of them are still alive.”
He wailed that irrespective of “the fact that members of the police, security forces and government have already been charged for offences related to the conduct of the past, none of them were ever charged. All of them were, in terms of our law and the principles of common law, guilty of murder,” Merwe asserted.
“Those who received amnesty can be compelled to testify against them. There is ample evidence available to charge them. There was no indication at any stage that the National Prosecuting Authority would proceed with such prosecutions,” he added.
Thereafter, he related that it’s good if real reconciliation happens in South Africa after the apartheid atrocities.
“It’s in the interest of this country that we should reconcile. That it should be understanding and not revenge. There should be liberation and not retaliation, there should be Ubuntu and not intimidation as our Constitution provided, but then it should come from both sides,” Merwe stated.