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Eugene De Kock tells the story of his activities as head of the Security Police's section C1 at the notorious Vlakplaas Farm north of Pretoria. C1 was a counter-insurgency unit of the South African Police that kidnapped, tortured, and murdered numerous anti-apartheid activists from the 1980s to the early-90s.
De Kock claims he was not an out-of-control policeman, but an officer acting under orders. In this book he names the men who gave him orders, what they ordered him to do and for what reasons. He lifts the curtain on a heinous period of South African history when the architects of apartheid thought that any means justified their ends. This book lays out in great detail the corruption and moral decadence that pervaded the SADF and the Police.