African Oral Narratives
Military Intelligence in Apartheid-era South Africa

Interviews

South African Defence Force

Together with the police, the regime deployed the South African Defence Force (SADF) to suppress opposition to apartheid. The South African Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB) was a hit-squad that operated under the authority of the Defence Minister General Magnus Malan, whose task was the "infiltration and penetration of the enemy, the gathering of information and the disruption of the enemy." The Truth and Reconciliation Commission exposed numerous atrocities committed by the CCB against opponents of apartheid.

This interview with Chris Thirion, a former deputy chief of staff intelligence of the SADF, regarding the cause of events leading up to the dismissal of senior officers in the SADF by FW de Klerk in 1992, consists of an audio recording, transcript and English translation. This interview was conducted, transcribed and translated by De Wet Potgieter on behalf of SAHA in 2009.

This interview with General Herman Stadler, a former head of the SAP Security Branch Intelligence Unit, regarding the SADFs attack on the ANC bases in Botswana in 1985, consists of an audio recording, transcript and English translation. This interview was conducted, transcribed and translated by De Wet Potgieter on behalf of SAHA in 2009.

This interview with General Tienie Groenewald, a former chief director of Military Intelligence, regarding the threat of civil war at the beginning of 1994 before the country's first democratic elections, consists of an audio recording, transcript and English translation. This interview was conducted, transcribed and translated by De Wet Potgieter on behalf of SAHA in 2009.

This interview with General Tienie Groenewald, a former chief director of Military Intelligence, regarding the establishment of the Volksfront (People's Front), consists of an audio recording, transcript and English translation. This interview was conducted, transcribed and translated by De Wet Potgieter on behalf of SAHA in 2009.

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