- On this day in history, Eugene de Kock was sentenced to prison
- The judge denied de Kock's application for amnesty
- The state assassin was given more than 200 years behind bars
Eugene de Kock - a commander of the C1 unit which tortured and killed anti-apartheid activists during the previous regime - was sentenced on this day in history.
On 30 October, 1996, a judge denied the state assassin's bid for amnesty and sentenced him to 212 years in prison.
De Kock was brought before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) after the end of apartheid.
The state assassin was questioned about his involvement in the deaths of ANC members, as well as the part the leaders, such as FW de Klerk, played in the murders.
Briefly.co.za learned De Kock was a commander of the C1 unit, a functional para-military squad that operated at Vlakplaas on the outskirts of Pretoria.
De Kock and his team interrogated, tortured and murdered political activists. Among the charges against De Kock was the cover-up of the Cradock Four.
The Cradock Four were four United Democratic Front activists (UDF) who were apprehended at a roadblock set up by the apartheid government security police outside Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, in 1985.
De Kock would have died behind bars but today he is a free man. The state assassin only served 19 of his 212-year sentence.
He was awarded parole in 2015 and has since been spotted in Franschhoek, Western Cape, at a literary festival.
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