De Kock opened firms from jail


Eugene de Kock, one of South Africa’s most infamous prisoners, was opening businesses from inside a high-security prison.

The former police colonel, who headed an apartheid-era death squad that killed and tortured political activists, is the listed director of six companies – two of which were opened while he was already serving a 212-year sentence.

According to The Times, in 2000 and 2003, De Kock, who was imprisoned in Pretoria’s C-Max at the time, was registered as a director of both Commerce Sans Frontieres Afrique CC and Africa Renovators International CC.

The discovery has prompted the Justice Ministry, which last week announced De Kock’s parole after 19 years in jail, to conduct an investigation into his involvement in the businesses.

If he is found to have contravened the Close Corporations Act and the Correctional Services Act, he faces the very real threat of having his parole revoked.

-Graeme Hosken and Shaun Smillie

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