Death, Detention and Disappearance

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In Namibia, the 1980s were a dark decade of human rights abuses by South African security forces. Justice David Smuts, then a young Windhoek lawyer, felt compelled to take on the system. His gripping memoir details several dramatic cases, including the freeing of detainees held secretly for six years, proving that torture was used to extract ‘confessions’ and that Koevoet knowingly killed citizens. He also takes a new look at the assassination of his close friend, SWAPO activist Anton Lubowski

In Namibië was die 1980’s ’n donker dekade van menseregteskendings. Regter David Smuts, destyds ’n jong prokureur, se memoires herskep sy spanningsvolle stryd in die howe hierteen. Hy bevry onder meer 300 mense wat 6 jaar in die geheim aangehou is, bewys dat die veiligheidsmagte mense martel om vals bekentenisse te maak, en dat Koevoet onskuldige burgers doodmaak. Hy beskryf ook die sluipmoord op sy vriend Anton Lubowski.

David Smuts