The tortured past of Major General Peter Jacobs, SA's head of crime intelligence

The tortured past of Major General Peter Jacobs, SA's head of crime intelligence

- Major General Peter Jacobs has been appointed the new head of crime intelligence

- Jacobs was part of the Umkhonto we Sizwe movement, and was arrested and tortured on "terrorism" charges in 1987

- Jacobs was demoted in 2016, a decision that was taken to the Labour Court where it was found to be illegal

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Major General Peter Jacobs is the new head of crime intelligence following announcements of senior official by Minister of Police Bheki Cele.

Peter Jacobs along with Umkhonto we Sizwe commander Ashley Forbes and 14 others including Jeremy Veary, Leon Scott, Nazeem Lowe, Niclo Pedro and Wally Rhoode were detained at Pollsmoor Prison in 1987 on “terrorism” charges.

Jacobs was convicted on charges of MK activities and received a sentence of between 10 and 15 years.

In his definitive history “Umkhonto We Sizwe – The ANC's Armed Struggle” Thula Simpson, describes the day Jacobs was arrested by security police in 1987.

It later emerged that Jacobs was tortured for information which led to the arrests of Ashley Forbes and others.

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"Benzien admitted that after Jacobs was brought to Culemborg he was handcuffed and then questioned about the whereabouts of Ashley Forbes. Benzien said that Jacobs was evasive in his answers and appeared to be playing for time.

“He was then subjected to torture by the 'wet bag' method. He was also subjected to electric shock treatment and in this he was assisted by John Kotze. Benzien said that he could not remember to which part of the body electric shock was administered and it was only when he was reminded by Jacobs, that it was his rectum and in his ear that Benzien conceded that it could be so."

In June 2016, Jacobs, along with Jeremy Veary, were demoted and shafted from their senior positions in the Western Cape .

The demotions, which were later ruled illegal in the labour court, came soon after they embarked on several high-profile investigations into corrupt CI officers and politicians.

Jacobs was replaced by Major-General Mzwandile Tiyo and Veary by Major-General Patrick Mbotho.

The appointments were challenged by POPCRU in the Labour court where it emerged that Tiyo not only did not have a matric certificate but also had not been given security clearance for the highly sensitive position.

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