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Special Report Transcript Episode 25, Section 5, Time 38:12

During 1988 I received an instruction from mister Adriaan Vlok, then minister of law and order, to the effect that the building known as Khotso House was to be damaged by explosives to such an extent that it could no longer be utilized. According to mister Vlok this instruction had come from President PW Botha personally. It was common knowledge within security circles at the time that the building served as a sort of internal headquarters of the ANC where resistance campaigns, unrest and violence was planned and where financial and other assistance was provided to MK members who had infiltrated into the country. According to information, explosives were also stored in the basement of the building. I delegated the instruction to Brig Willem Schoon who at that stage commanded Vlakplaas unit and once again emphasized the question of not putting lives at risk. The instruction was duly carried out at a later date and the building was so badly damaged it was rendered non-usable.

Notes: Genl Johan van der Merwe

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