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Special Report
Transcripts for Section 1 of Episode 57

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00:22Hello. The focus tonight is on the torturer who was confronted by the tortured. We also bring you a report of two young victims of the 1993 St. James Church massacre who met with one of the attackers inside Pollsmoor Prison this week. We start with the Amnesty Hearings of the Truth Commission in Cape Town. Jeffrey Benzien started his police career in 1976, but it was when he became part of an elite security branch, anti-terrorist unit in 1986 that the Benzien reputation took off. The anti-terrorist unit tracked down Umkhonto we Sizwe and APLA cadres and when they were captured the man they were handed to first was Jeffrey Benzien. It was his job to make them talk, what were the structures, who did they work with, where were their arms? He had a repertoire of torture mechanisms to crack his opponents, but the favourite and the one that made him notorious amongst activists in the Western Cape was the wet-bag method, a form of torture that repeatedly took detainees to the edge of death ...moreFull Transcript
 
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