Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Monday, July 23, 2007

Shock Story of the Day
"The state has claimed that the poison used to try to kill Frank Chikane was manufactured by the South African Defence Force in its top-secret chemical and biological warfare project, Project Coast, headed by Dr Wouter Basson." - IOL.

It's a little confusing to me why this is being treated as such a bombshell story. The only people who believed the apartheid state's leadership when they said that there were no state-sanctioned political assassinations, and that these work of "rogue elements", were naive at best.

What will be interesting though, is to see how Vlok and the others, who have undoubtedly entered a plea bargain agreement, will implicate former State President FW De Klerk. De Klerk has always denied knowledge of apartheid-era crimes, and did so again over the weekend,, but it is increasingly difficult to believe that he had absolutely no knowledge of these events. There have been rumblings over the years from apartheid security operatives, especially during the TRC, that they were being 'hung out to dry' by De Klerk, and this trial may well open the proverbial can of worms.