Stepping into the past?
“I did not join the SAPS to approve apartheid”
Rustenburg – Questions of whether the trial of a former apartheid askari implicated in the ‘Cosas Four’ case could dent efforts towards reconciliation and moving away from South Africa’s dark past have ignited debate within the public sphere.
One of the two people fingered in the 1982 bombing of four Cosas students at a mine dump in Krugersdorp – Tlhomedi Mfalapitsa – appeared briefly in the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday 25 October.
Mfalapitsa, a former Vlakplaas policeman, who lives in Rustenburg, is facing three counts of murder and one of attempted murder for his role in the killings.
The case was postponed so that Christian Rorich, who ignited the bomb that killed the victims, should stand trial alongside Mfalapitsa.
In an interview with ENCA on the eve of his court appearance Mfalapitsa, who also stood before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) said: “I did not join the SAPS to approve apartheid. I regret joining the struggle because of the state that the ANC is in now.
“I still blame the ANC’s betrayal of Pan Africanism. When the Hawks approached me in this case, I said to them… I am ready to accept the consequences of this problem.”
However, ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Nomvula Mokonyane has pointed out that Mfalapitsa should stop blaming the liberation movement for his decision to be involved in the bombing of the Cosas Four and that the courts must be allowed to decide on the case.
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