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Nokuthula Simelane case: Family don’t believe apartheid cop’s version of events

Simelane was abducted and tortured in 1983, and presumed murdered, but her body has never been found.

Thembi Nkandimeng briefing the media about her sister Nokuthula Simelane who has been missing for past 32 years. Picture Kgothatso Mogale/EWN
Nokuthula Simelane
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PRETORIA - While four former apartheid policemen deny murdering Umkhonto we Sizwe operative Nokuthula Simelane, her family says their version of events is highly improbably. 

The Pretoria Regional Court yesterday granted Willem Coetzee, Anton Pretorius, Frederick Mong and Msebenzi Radebe bail of R5,000 each.

Simelane was abducted and tortured in 1983, and presumed murdered, but her body has never been found. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s granted three of the accused amnesty for her kidnapping - they claim Simelane was released from custody alive. 

Radebe has denied any involvement in her kidnapping or murder. 

Advocate Antonie Klopper says his clients admit to kidnapping and assaulting Simelane, but claim they left alive at the Swaziland border. 

“It is common cause that Simelane was never seen again but where and how she died, if at all, remains a mystery. My clients did not seek amnesty for her death, as they have throughout denied killing her.”

Simelane's sister, Thandi Nkadimeng, does not believe them

“She was beaten beyond recognition. She couldn’t walk. She couldn’t talk. She was handcuffed for over six weeks

The matter resumes next month. 

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