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Type AMNESTY DECISIONS
Names JACOB FRANCOIS KOK
At the time of the above incidents, the Applicant was an explosives expert and a member of a specialist unit within the Security Branch of the South African Police. During August 1989 he received instructions from his commanding officer, Colonel du Toit to assist in the two operations listed in paragraphs 1 and 2 above under the command of Captain Dave Baker who in turn acted under the direction of Colonel de Jager of the Western Cape. The objective was to cast suspicion on the Mass Democratic Movement who at the time protested against the tour of a world ruby team in South Africa. They were instructed to ensure that no injuries or loss of life occurred as a result of the operations and in both cases nobody was killed or injured.
The third incident involved the rigging of an unidentified Kombi motor vehicle with a bomb. The motor vehicle was to be modified and resprayed. This vehicle was intended to be used to bring about the killing in Swaziland or Mozambique of an unspecified number of MK/ANC cadres whose identities were unknown to the Applicant. They were a group of MK soldiers who were on their way to infiltrate the RSA.
The Applicant allegedly received his orders from a Captain Kobus Pretorius in Pretoria. The Applicant proceeded with the preparation and execution of the order. The modification of the vehicle and rigging it with a bomb that could be detonated by a remote control device was done as planned. The vehicle was picked up by a person whom the Applicant was unable to remember, but soon thereafter, Captain Pretorius informed him that he had terminated the operation.
After having considered the above applications in chambers as well as oral evidence given by the Applicant at hearing involving the general activities of the technical support unit of which the Applicant was a member, the Committee is satisfied that the Applicant has complied with all the requirements for amnesty, that the offences committed were offences associated with a political objective within the context of the conflict of the past as envisaged in the Act and that the Applicant has made a full disclosure of all relevant facts.