Essay I Chris Hani murder revisited - ZAM the Dulcie September memorial lectures at the University of the Western Cape reverted neatly back to the 'extremist death squad' story.
In 2011, the repeated admission by former foreign minister Aziz Pahad that September was killed over 'nuclear issues' (first made to me in 1995 and now rerecorded by a French investigative documentary maker) made it again to Mail & Guardian. Nevertheless, the Cape Times in 2012 again only spoke of 'apartheid death squads' as the culprits. The story 'The Lubowski files', published prominently by Mail & Guardian in 1999, cannot even be found on their website anymore.
'The world is a dangerous place, you know
In the case of the Chris Hani investigation, South African publisher Jacana was made to fear bankruptcy by arms dealers' lawyers, some of whom threatened expensive pre-publication litigation. Military vehicles dealer Witold Walus, brother to Janusz Walus, sued for real.
Violence was threatened by NIA operative Michael Buchanan, who said he would 'klap' me, and 'beat up' the publisher. Interestingly, Buchanan also said he would bring Gerrie Nel and the Scorpions', with whom he said he had a good relationship. (If so, it might explain why Gerrie Nel, in spite of a promise to take up the Hani case again, never did.)
Then there was former foreign minister Pik Botha, who was so upset about the claims by some sources that he had been party to arms deals, that he kept phoning Jacana for hours at the time, explaining how only a ‘sick, perverse and criminal mind' could think such things. During one of these phone calls he also cold Jacana's Maggie Davey sternly that 'the world is a