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People's poet wants R30 000 and justice

Jailed people's poet Mzwakhe Mbuli is among the people who will receive monetary reparations from the government as a victim of gross human rights violations. But he also wants those policemen who bombed his home in Pimville, Soweto in 1989 to be charged for defeating the ends of justice.

Abstracts from article:

  1. Speaking to City Press from Leeuwkop prison where he is serving 13 years for bank robbery, Mbuli said those who stayed away from the TRC should face the music.

  2. Only one cop, former security policeman Kobus Kloppers, applied for amnesty before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for his role in the bombing of Mbuli's home, though about 10 policemen allegedly took part in the attack. The TRC granted Kloppers amnesty.

  3. In his testimony before the TRC, Kloppers confessed grenades were planted at Mbuli's home after orders from Vlakplaas to have Mbuli "removed from the system". He further testified the aim of planting the bombs was to have Mbuli found guilty and sentenced.

  4. Interestingly, a large portion of Mbuli's sentence, 10 years, was for possession of a hand grenade at the scene of the Waverley FNB robbery in Pretoria. No fingerprints were taken or found before the grenade was destroyed by the state's ballistic experts.

  5. Mbuli mentioned that though he was uneasy about Klopper's amnesty application, and was also mindful he could not remember some things during his testimony, what worried him was that Kloppers did not make a full confession. "But all I want to see is those who were with Kloppers when they attacked my home being brought to book.

  • Source: Full article "Poet wants reparation money and revenge" appeared on the news24.com website

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