Calata’s last stand for the Cradock Four | Citypress

2021-07-26 07:19:00 PM

Lukhanyo Calata has resorted to the courts to compel the Hawks to finalise their investigation into the 1985 murders of his father Fort Calata, as well as Matthew Goniwe, Sicelo Mhlauli and Sparrow Mkonto, who are also known as the Cradock Four

Lukhanyo Calata has resorted to the courts to compel the Hawks to finalise their investigation into the 1985 murders of his father Fort Calata, as well as Matthew Goniwe, Sicelo Mhlauli and Sparrow Mkonto, who are also known as the Cradock Four.Thirty-six years to the day after he stood holding his mother’s hand as a three-year-old at the grave of his father, Lukhanyo Calata asked the high court in Pretoria to compel the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the SA Police Service (SAPS) to finalise their investigation and make a prosecutorial decision in his case.

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The graves of Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli, collectively known as the Cradock 4 - a group of United Democratic Front members who were abducted and killed by apartheid security police. Seven policemen applied for amnesty at the TRC hearings. Only one, Eugene de Kock, was granted it. Photo: Gallo Images/Oryx Media Archive

Calata’s anger, outrage and bitterness at the democratic government is evident in his 134-page affidavit. The democratic government for which the Cradock Four fought has failed consistently to deliver on its promises of justice and closure for the families of those who died in the struggle against apartheid. headtopics.com

READ:Inside labour | These killers cannot be allowed to escape justiceHis application lists 17 respondents, including several high-ranking former members of the apartheid regime who sat in State Security Council (SSC) meetings. Evidence suggests decisions were made here that led to the murders of Goniwe, Fort Calata, Mhlauli and Mkonto on June 25 1985.

Lukhanyo Calata. Photo: Jaco MaraisThey include former president FW de Klerk, former minister of law and order Adriaan Vlok, former minister of black education Barend du Plessis, former SA Police (SAP) commissioner Johan van der Merwe and former National Intelligence Service director Niël Barnard. Former apartheid “superspy” Craig Williamson and former SAP head of counter-intelligence Krappies Engelbrecht are also on the list.

None of them applied for amnesty with regard to the Cradock Four murders, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) never asked any of them about their alleged involvement in events that led to the murders. This was despite evidence presented during the 1994 inquest into the deaths that Judge Neville Zietsman chaired, as well as subsequent evidence given by eight former security force members who applied for and were mostly denied amnesty by the TRC.

Because of delays caused by political interference in the prosecution of TRC cases, the men present when the Cradock Four were murdered have now all died.READ:Mondli Makhanya | Secret deal with apartheid killers?The men who sat on the SSC are listed as respondents because their names are mentioned in this evidence. But should the NPA decide to prosecute, there may be an opportunity for those higher up in apartheid’s bureaucracy to be held to account for the actions they claim were perpetrated by a few “rotten apples”. headtopics.com

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As Calata says in his affidavit, none of them have been prosecuted despite “clear evidence that in June 1985, a military signal was sent to the State Security Council secretariat recommending that my father, Matthew Goniwe and Mbulelo Goniwe be ‘permanently removed from society’.” Calata includes the strange case of a missing investigation docket compiled by a now retired SAPS detective who spent eight years gathering information that may have been vital to the NPA’s case. It vanished in 2017 after it was requested by the office of disgraced former acting national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba.

From left, Sparrow Mkhonto's wife Sindiswa, Fort Calata's wife Nomonde and Matthew Goniwe's wife Nyameka in 1985. Photo: Gallo Images/Media24 ArchivesCalata says the missing docket and the obstruction of his attempts to open a case of theft with the SAPS to investigate it are yet another sign of possible interference by government officials in the prosecution of the TRC cases.

Calata and the families approached the NPA in May last year to make a final prosecutorial decision. The deadline of July 10 2020 came and went, but the NPA engaged more proactively with them and offered some semblance of an active investigation. But with the death of Goniwe’s widow, Nyameka, in August last year and little evidence of any real progress, the family has run out of patience.

Lapsed time and silenceThe NPA and the Hawks’ recent announcement about the formation of a special unit to investigate TRC cases has done little to appease the families.They learnt earlier this year that the last of the foot soldiers responsible for the murders, former security police lieutenant Eric Taylor, died in 2016. headtopics.com

Calata says the lapsed time that has allowed Taylor and his fellow murderers to escape justice is a direct result of the political interference by former members of the ANC-led government in the prosecution of TRC cases.“The post-apartheid era of cover-ups, ineptitude and denial of justice stands as a deep betrayal of the ultimate sacrifices made by my father and his comrades. It adds insult to injury and bitterly exacerbates the emotional and psychological trauma, pain and suffering we have endured as families.”

READ:Yasmin Sooka | Who let the perpetrators of apartheid crimes get away?Calata describes the lengthy silence of the government and the ANC about the suppression of TRC cases as “deafening”, and decries ANC legal adviser Krish Naidoo’s statements that these cases “simply fell through the cracks” as “deeply insulting to our intelligence”.

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“It stands as an obvious and wilful attempt to mislead the public and protect themselves from scrutiny.”It is not necessary for an application such as this to provide much evidentiary detail. But Calata and his lawyers have made the significant decision to break down who the Cradock Four were, the political activities in which they were engaged, how the apartheid government responded to their activities, the decisions made at the highest levels of the regime, who was involved in making those decisions and carrying them out, and what led to the 36-year delay in bringing them to book.

‘Permanently removed’A section of Calata’s affidavit outlines the chain of command in the apartheid security cluster to demonstrate that “those serving on the SSC and its structures were either party to the issuing of instructions, such as the elimination of the Cradock Four and its cover-up, or were kept informed of such plans and what transpired in the aftermath”.

This calls into question the long-held assertion by De Klerk and other high-ranking officials that they never issued orders that resulted in the murder of anti-apartheid activists. Calata says SSC members “must still be held to account for their roles in tacitly approving the operations” and for not stopping them or punishing the perpetrators.

In the case of the Cradock Four, a military signal sent on June 7 1985 from the Eastern Cape command to the SSC links the murderous actions of the regional Security Branch to the very top of the apartheid command chain. It proposed that Goniwe, his nephew Mbulelo and Fort Calata, “as a matter of urgency, be permanently removed from society”.

Given that the Security Branch killed Goniwe and Fort Calata 18 days later, the affidavit says their murders were “not a private frolic and that the recommendation in the signal was ... approved directly or tacitly by the SSC”.READ:History will judge us harshly if we fail to bring apartheid killers to book

A recent revelation by Vlok means former SSC members can no longer argue that they didn’t know the true meaning of the phrase “permanently remove”, says Calata. In an Al Jazeera documentary about the Cradock Four, journalist Hamilton Wende asked Vlok what it meant. He replied: “You know, we in the Security Council, we were very careful not to tell, not to say and to make a note and to have in the minutes to kill anybody. So, we would say, uh, remove a person from the society, remove him. And, you know, never nobody said killing. But we ... I thought probably it was meant if you can’t solve the problem by removing the guy, then you could kill him.”

This is the first time a former member of the apartheid regime as high up in the command chain as Vlok has admitted that there was no possible misinterpretation of the phrase that became so infamous in relation to the murder and disappearance of anti-apartheid activists.

A necessary last stepCalata says the evidence presented during the Zietsman Inquest and the TRC was strong enough for the NPA to have proceeded with murder prosecutions. At the very least, the foot soldiers who applied for and were denied amnesty should have been prosecuted.

He is “concerned that the SAPS and the NPA may still be in the grip of past forces that suppressed the TRC cases” as a reason for their “ongoing paralysis”.Calata and his family have “accepted the necessary and harsh compromises that had to be made to cross the historic bridge from apartheid to democracy”, but says that “we did so on the basis that there would be a genuine follow-up of those offenders who spurned the process and those who did not qualify for amnesty”.

Their experiences since then show that “this part of South Africa’s historic pledge with victims has not been kept”, defeating “the purpose behind South Africa’s historic compromises” and rendering “meaningless the entire truth for amnesty programme”, he says.

Should the court grant an order in their favour, Calata and the families of the Cradock Four have given national police commissioner Khehla Sitole and Police Minister Bheki Cele 30 days thereafter to see that the Hawks finalise their investigation. They have also asked National Director of PublicProsecutions Shamila Batohi to make a final decision on the prosecution within 60 days of the court order.

It is a last but necessary step in their struggle for justice, and it’s not one that has been taken lightly.“More than 36 years have passed since the torture and murder of the Cradock Four. We, the family members, can find no peace. The betrayal of Fort Calata, Matthew Goniwe, Sicelo Mhlauli and Sparrow Mkonto, and what they stood for, is almost complete,” Calata told the high court.

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