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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 10 of Episode 2

18:54On Wednesday a multi-headed monster showed its head for the first but certainly not the last time at the Truth Commission. They cynically named Civic Cooperation Bureau or CCB, an undercover Defence Force dirty tricks unit. The CCB represents one of the most elaborate webs of lies by the previous government. It also has some interesting ties to the Truth Commission. Full Transcript and References
19:16The CCB blew up the Athlone early learning centre, a stone’s throw away from where the Commission sat this week. They terrorised Commission Chairman Desmond Tutu with a monkey foetus in his garden, and they tried to kill the architect of the Truth Commission, Justice Minister Dullah Omar. The CCB also killed the white SWAPO leader and Windhoek advocate, Anton Lubowski in September 1989. Full Transcript
19:37And the father of the late Anton … sorry, Anton was shot and killed at approximately 20 hours 30 on the 12th September, and he was about to enter his home at 7 Sanderberg Street, Windhoek, Namibia. There is no doubt that the death of Anton resulted from a politically motivated assassination. // Lubowski was deeply resented in the white establishment in South Africa and Namibia. Son of an Afrikaner mother of proud Van der Merwe stock, and a German speaking Namibian father, he had a model youth: the prestigious Paul Roos Gymnasium, the University of Stellenbosch, a good rugby player, an officer in the South African Citizen Force, an advocate at the Namibian Bar. He became a powerful symbol of young whites embracing liberation and democracy in Namibia and South Africa. Shortly after he publicly joined SWAPO in 1984, state president PW Botha informed him that he was dishonourably discharged from the South African Defence Force. Lubowski became the target of harassment, attacks, and ...moreFull Transcript
21:02He was detained on six occasions, on the sixth occasion for 22 days and that nearly cost him his life. They wanted to break him, because he was a threat to the National Party government and South West Africa as well as abroad. He had become known in many countries as a fighter against apartheid.Full Transcript
21:28On the eight o’clock SABC news on September 11 1989 Lubowski was shown greeting SWAPO exiles at Windhoek airport. The next day he was gunned down in front of his Windhoek house. The man who was five years later named by a Supreme Court judge as his assassin, Irish criminal and professional assassin, Donald Acheson, was arrested for the murder the next day. Because of the incompetence and in some cases complicity of the police officers and justice officials, severely criticized by inquest judge Levi, he was never convicted, and is now apparently back in Ireland. Acheson identified Ferdi Barnard as the man who recruited him to poison Windhoek newspaper editor Gwen Lister and monitor Lubowski. The full conspiracy slowly unfolded. The CCB”s region six was targeted to disrupt SWAPO before the independence elections through sabotage and assassination. The diary of the CCB’s regional coordinator, Wouter Basson has this entry on August 3, 1993. Crime two was Lubowski, under options he ...moreFull Transcript
23:00The morning after Lubowski’s death, Acheson’s landlady told the police that he had climbed over her back wall the previous evening with a long object like a rifle wrapped in cloth in his hand. His rented Toyota Conquest was seen by Lubowski’s neighbours immediately after the shooting. // On the 23rd of June 1994, Mr. Justice Levi found in an inquest in the high court of Namibia that there was prima facie evidence that Donald Acheson pulled the trigger of the AK 47 that killed Anton Lubowski. He said there were also prima facie evidence that CCB members Staal Burger, Ferdi Barnard, Chappies Mare, Wouter Basson, Johan Niemoller, Callas Botha, Slang van Zyl, and CCB commander Joe Verster were accomplices to the murder. Despite all this evidence, the gist of it published in a Johannesburg weekly in January 1991, these men were not charged with murder or conspiracy to murder, nor were they extradited to Namibia to stand trial.Full Transcript
23:57But the real shock came when the Minister of Defence, General Magnus Malan, got up in Parliament on the 26the of February in 1990. // [Allegations were made in regard with the SADF’s involvement with Anton Lubowki’s murder. Mister I declare here today that Lubowski was a paid agent of Military Intelligence and I am sure he did good work for the SADF. Head of Intelligence General Witkop Badenhorst would therefore not have authorised any action against Mr. Lubowski.]Full Transcript
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29:22Well, we know for certain now that the military did kill Lubowski. That was Malan’s second lie; his first lie was when he denied knowledge of the existence of the CCB. We now know he had approved the plans for the CCB before it was formed. // Malan’s outrageous allegation became respectable when the spectacularly unsuccessful Harms Commission into political violence heard evidence from the military behind closed doors about Lubowski’s role as SADF agent. The evidence was not tested, no cross-examination was allowed. Yet, judge Harms stated as fact afterwards that Lubowski was a paid agent who had received a R100 000 in advance for his services. Full Transcript
30:08Anton Lubowski is dead; he cannot explain his own affairs to us. In the murky world of spies and agents, it is easy to accuse someone of being an informer. More difficult to prove that he was not, but in this case there are simply too many oddities, inconsistencies and unanswered questions for Malan’s allegation to have any truth. // The first question is obvious, why on earth would the Defence Force kill one of their own key agents who, according to Malan, did good work for them? The second question is why did the Defence Force, which has run many successful spies before, pay Lubowski directly with this cheque in his name and these ones in the name of his trust for his children that he controlled. Even on the military requisition forms the name Anton appears. If he had been a South African military agent he would have been a major catch, he was one of the main organisers of SWAPO’s election campaign, he was in the running to be justice minister in the first SWAPO cabinet. Is it ...moreFull Transcript
31:09Pretoria Attorney, Julian Knight has researched the Lubowski case intensively. // If Magnus Malan is correct in saying that Anton Lubowski was a paid informer why then were payments made to him made in such a way as to directly implicate him? // These cheques were made out by an intermediary, Global Capital Investments, a peculiar company indeed. It had another Pretoria Attorney Ernest Penzhorn as only member. Penzhorn can also be tied to two other known Military Intelligence fronts. Penzhorn later clumsily tried to backdate his ownership, stating he had sold it before Lubowski’s death to, well, a ghost. // According to the Harms Commission Rigamari Roux was the member in terms of a letter received by the registrar of companies, as well as, which presumably was forwarded to the Harms Commission. However, investigations had revealed that Rika Marie Roux’s name does not appear on the population register and the identity number given in the company documents has not in fact been ...moreFull Transcript
32:39There are other questions. The Defence Force version accepted by Judge Harms is that Lubowski was recruited because he was in financial trouble and payments were made in advance. // If it was paid before rendering the service why does the requisition form of June 1989 state that it was the final amount? If he was in financial trouble, which his lawyer say he wasn’t, why did he not withdraw and use the money paid into his Paradiso account? Julian Knight also has problems with the military requisition forms. // These documents to me look as a frame from the point of view that they are not completed properly and my experience as a national serviceman in the military, you do not get a cheque out the system with incomplete requisition forms. And furthermore in terms of the protection of sources, especially with regard to Military Intelligence, you do not make a payment to a source in a way that can be traced back to the military, and in a way that implicates directly the source. And ...moreFull Transcript
34:11There is a possibility that this money was for work that Anton had done other than spying? // Correct. // Julian, you’ve researched this whole case thoroughly. Do you think Anton Lubowski was a spy working for Military Intelligence? // No I do not. // Do you believe he was framed? // I do believe it. // Why would you say that? // Because to date the military had been unable to advise what his codename was, they had been unable to supply a production file, or a recruitment file as a source and you cannot operate as an informer and get money out of the system unless you meet the requirements for all three that I have mentioned, being, a source code on the central register of sources, a production file and a recruitment file. And a production file is audited vis-à-vis the payments made so that the auditor-general, when they look and audit these secret funds, are able to reconcile this information was given this amount of money, it was paid in respect of that. There was no evidence of ...moreFull Transcript
35:39No normal person can believe that my son, Anton Lubowski, could ever have become a spy for the National Party government as Magnus Malan alleged in Parliament. I am requesting the Commission to help us to take away the hindrances so that our child’s murderers can be tried in a court of law. The assassination was planned here in South Africa by Afrikaners and was committed in Namibia when it was still under South African jurisdiction. Full Transcript
36:24There’s the one question of extradition, and I think that the chair person is absolutely right, we start with our own minister he will then say to us, well we haven’t been asked. So, then we will go back to Namibia and say, well, why haven’t you asked? But, there is a second point and that is, if it is true, and the allegation seems to be true from a number of sources, that the crime of murder against Anton Lubowski was planned in South Africa, then I think it is reasonable to ask that charges be laid against people in this country by this government, by this Department of Justice, against people who plan a crime in the country. That’s crime, to plan murder, whether you are going to execute the murder, the planning is a crime.Full Transcript
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