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The invisible Dr Survé

June 30, 2016

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Proof of controversial South African media boss and businessman Dr Iqbal Survé’s widely trumpeted background is hard to find. In particular, there seems to be no available evidence of his major claim to fame: that he was the physician to, and personal friend of, Nelson Mandela.

Some clarity — and more arms deal murk

November 30, 2012

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A small part of the murk surrounding South Africa's multi-billion dollar arms deal cleared slightly, but only to reveal still greater depths to be plumbed. And it has now eerged that a Swedish businessman with a highly chequered past was also involved with all sides concerned with the controversial multi-billion dollar arms deal.

Operation Daisy and the art prof spy

March 7, 2011

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At the height of the 1976 rebellion against apartheid in South Africa, the security police launched an audacious scheme that enabled them to steal anti-apartheid funds with the aid of bogus trusts headed by an apparently respectable fine arts professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Uncovering the spy known as RS452

February 19, 2011

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In 2003 South Africa's director of public prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, was accused of having been a spy — RS452 — for the apartheid state. But the search for RS452 revealed that the spy with that designation was a woman, a lawyer who was once considered a stalwart of the anti-apartheid movement.

How anti-apartheid money funded the apartheid police

January 2, 2011

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(Excerpted from Unfinished Business — South Africa, apartheid & truth, 2001/03) Operation Daisy was perhaps the most lucrative and efficient of the undercover operations conducted by the apartheid state’s security police (SB).  It began in 1976 when the police spy and National Union of SA Students (Nusas) executive member, Craig Williamson met in Botswana with […]

In pursuit of ‘Dr Shock’

November 24, 2010

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Aubrey Levin, the Johannesburg-born psychiatrist who once claimed to "cure" homosexuals by "aversion therapy" and who was in charge of the notorious Ward 22 for "deviants" in the apartheid state's military hospital in Pretoria, was arrested in March 2010 in Calgary, Canada, charged with the sexual assault of a male patient. It was merely the latest in a history of allegarions dating back across decades.

One of the great survivors of apartheid’s military

November 20, 2010

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(Published in Unfinished Business — South Africa, apartheid & truth,  2001 and 2003) Horace William Doncaster, Major-General, Military Intelligence (rtd) Date of birth: 09.02.1950; military number: 66339243E Career soldier, 33 years service; promoted brigadier, 1993; major-general, 2000; given ‘employer-induced retrenchment package, November, 2001; retired, April, 2002. Senior positions in and eventual director of MI ‘dirty […]