De Kock aiding NPA to find remains – 30 years later


Three decades after Eugene de Kock and his men abducted and brutally murdered security guard Japie Maponya, the apartheid death squad commander is helping the National Prosecuting Authority’s missing persons task team find his remains.

He was abducted from Krugersdorp on the West Rand, where he was a security guard, and taken to Vlakplaas.

According to information obtained by the Sowetan, De Kock is persuading his former colleagues to assist the task team.

“He is approaching other people across the security police’s 12 regions,” a person with intimate knowledge of the search said.

De Kock apparently still has an extensive network of contacts in the former security police establishment.

The search for Maponya’s remains has been described as a logistical nightmare.

During the 1999 Truth and Reconciliation Commission amnesty hearings, De Kock confessed to killing Maponya. He claimed he and his team took Maponya to the Swaziland border near Piet Retief where they killed him in September 1985.

De Kock said Maponya was buried under debris because the ground was too hard.

-Loyiso Sidimba

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