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De Kock believes FW should be in jail – friend

Friday 30 January 2015 16:03

Dhashen Moodley

Eugene de kock's long-time friend and political commentator, Professor Piet Croucamp speaks about his friendship with De Kock, De Kock’s view on his incarceration, and much more.

Eugene de kock's long-time friend and political commentator, Professor Piet Croucamp speaks about his friendship with De Kock, De Kock’s view on his incarceration, and much more. (SABC)

Former Vlakplaas commander, Eugene de Kock has been granted parole – but he allegedly believed he should indeed have been incarcerated.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masuta, made an announcement on Friday on the parole of three apartheid-era criminals - Clive Derby-Lewis, Eugene de Kock and Ferdi Barnard. He granted De Kock parole, denied Derby-Lewis medical parole and reserved the decision on Ferdi Barnard.  

Dubbed Prime Evil by the media, De Kock has spent just over 18 years behind bars. He was sentenced to two life sentences and 212 years in jail in late 1996. He was convicted of crimes ranging from murder, assualt, kidnapping and fraud.

His testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on activities at the farm Vlakplaas shocked the nation with its graphic details of the kidnapping, torture, and murder of anti-apartheid activists.

But he also won himself praise when, at the time, he accused other members of the apartheid security establishment of  ''not having the backbone to stand up and take responsibility".

Dhashen Moodley caught up with De kock's long-time friend and political commentator, Professor Piet Croucamp who spoke about his friendship with De Kock, De Kock’s view on his incarceration, and much more.

According to Croucamp, De Kock believed he should be in jail, but felt FW de Klerk and other central figures in the Aaprtheid
regime should have joined him there.

Click below to listen to the full interview with Croucamp.

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