Slain MK veteran's family wants closure
Thembi Ngadimeng, sister of slain MK veteran Nokuthula Simelane, has appealed to the NPA for action over the 14-year-old docket.
JOHANNESBURG - Former Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Lead Investigator Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza says it seems inescapable that people in the ANC did not want to prosecute those denied amnesty.
Former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Head Advocate Vusi Pikoli has said in an affidavit as part of this case that he was prevented from prosecuting those people because of political interference.
In his affidavit, Pikoli said when he tried to prosecute these people, he was called to several meetings of top ministers and it then emerged they were worried that ANC members could eventually be prosecuted.
Ntsebeza said this demonstrates how government didn't want to launch these prosecutions.
"It points to one thing and one thing only, that there was a reluctance on the part of the ruling party or those who were ministers in the ruling party to do the prosecution."
He said one of the main aims of the Truth Commission was to ensure that those who did not receive amnesty were actually punished for their crimes.
The family of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) veteran Nokuthula Simelane have called on the NPA to reveal the truth about her death.
Simelane was abducted by security police in Johannesburg in the 1980's and was brutally tortured for five weeks on a farm in the North West.
The TRC was never able to solve the mystery surrounding her death, despite hearing evidence about her murder.
Her family now wants the High Court in Pretoria to force the NPA to make a decision on the case.
This year marks 32 years since Simelane disappeared and her family still don't have any answers.
Her sister Thembi Ngadimeng said Nokuthula has been betrayed by the government.
"The process that the government undertook didn't finish and doesn't seem like it will go further. We want to be told the truth of her demise, and we will surely embrace it."
The family said it hopes the NPA, which has had Simelane's docket for nearly 14 years, will decide on a prosecution soon.