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Special Report Transcript Episode 69, Section 4, Time 24:21
The South African Police force has now been renamed the police service and as citizens we should all hope that this name change will continue to signify a complete change in approach. The days spent listening to the former Defence Force generals was probably the most frustrating. Very little new came out and we still don’t know much about clandestine units such as the Civil Cooperation Bureau or the Directorate Covert Collection, but we did learn a few significant facts about the period in the mid eighties when the South African Defence Force started working more closely with the police in an attempt to quell increasing internal unrest. Senior army officers this week explained to the Truth Commission how they became involved in the war inside South Africa’s townships. They also started assassinating activists and ANC supporters inside the country.
Notes: Max du Preez
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