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New Era Newspaper Thursday January 4, 2018

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6 NEWS Thursday, January 4 2018 | NEW ERA Five people committed suicide January 1. The daily crime report issued by the Namibian Police on Monday said a 21-year-old man allegedly hanged himself in the Havana informal settlement in Windhoek on Saturday. from a tree next to his house at midnight. “There was no suicide note,” the crime report said. His relatives have been informed of his death. In the same settlement, Erastus Mwatukange, 29, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself a few metres from his house on Sunday at around 05h00. Mwatukange left a suicide note behind and his next of kin have been informed. At Onankulo village in the Oshana Region, Eva Liisa Josef allegedly hanged herself in her bedroom on Saturday at around 09h40. Josef’s age is not known. The crime report said no foul play was suspected and no suicide note was left behind. Her next of kin have been informed. Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man from Tutaleni in Walvis Bay allegedly hanged himself on Monday. Sion Shipa Tangeni Omwa committed suicide in the living room of his house at around 06h00. “The deceased was discovered by his friend who resided with him,” said the crime report. Omwa left a suicide note behind and his next of kin have been informed. In the Omusati Region, the himself at Otjorute on Monday at around 06h30. No suicide note was left behind and no foul play was suspected. Nampa EIA PUBLIC MEETING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT _ MINING CLAIMS 69356 & 69151 Proponent: Hosea Kazepurua Description of project: Environemtal Consultants: Registration of IAPs : The Project manager: C . Mutizwa- police OTJIWARONGO WALVIS BAY A prominent businessman from Omaruru, Heinrich drowning after the vehicle he was in sank in the sea at Pelican Bay, west of Walvis Bay. An incident report issued on Sunday by the Erongo More than 3,200 vehicle operators are wanted by the Ot- ment of the Namibian Police Force in connection with unpaid traffic fines issued between 2015 and 2017. divisional head in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Joseph Severus, on Tuesday expressed concern with the high number of unpaid traf- Severus said the issued million and urged all motorists who know that they have sued against them by the Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Okahandja, Grootfontein and Okakarara police to pay them off at the district magistrates’ courts where they were issued. mostly for speeding on the B1 regional crime investiga- Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, said the accident happened at 19h00 on Saturday. on Sunday, the deceased’s father was in the car driven by family friend Tinus van road, operating a vehicle without a valid driving licence, operating an unroadworthy vehicle and failing to comply and signs. “We have a total of 4,093 Omaruru businessman dies in car accident at Pelican Bay Zyl along the sea when suddenly the car slipped and sank in the water. that Van Zyl was driving the car, but he managed to open the door and escape. “I tried to dive after the car to try and rescue my father, but it was sinking fast, we could not do anything to warrants of arrest issued to region as from 2015 to 2017,” Severus said. He said that about 822 of them were traced and taken to different district courts in the region during the same period, and the state earned about He said a total of 3,271 of rants of arrests were issued against them. Severus said drivers have until January 31 to make proper arrangements or pay in will be made. He further attributed the Nampa save him,” said Emil. He also noted that his father was paralysed on the left side; that is why he was unable to rescue himself. The deceased’s body was removed from the car and taken to the mortuary the same day. The police said the car was still in the water, but that efforts were underway to remove it. Further police investigations into the incident continue. - Nampa NOTICE -ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT – MC 68462, 68549 &68763 Project Location: Project Description: Environmental Consultants: Blue river investments cc Registration of IAPs to: Two people survive accident outside Otjiwarongo OTJIWARONGO A 59-year-old man and his passenger had a lucky escape on Monday when their vehicle started burning after it left the road due to an alleged tyre burst near Otjiwarongo. Stanislaus Nawaseb and his 35-year-old female passenger were on their way to Tsumeb when the Mercedes Benz’s left front tyre allegedly burst. Nawaseb told Nampa at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, where he was taken shortly were lucky to survive. “The car did not overturn because I managed to hold it tight until it came to a halt some 230 metres off the road,” he said. Nawseb said they managed to remove only a few items from the vehicle, which was completely destroyed by the Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, War- said the incident occurred - Otjiwarongo at around 12h30. “The two victims escaped with minor injuries and were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for medical attention,” she said. Mbeha called on motorists Nampa

Thursday, January 4 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Dulcie, Hani, Lubowski – a story that could not be told ANC representative Dulcie September was killed in Paris in 1988, when talks about future arms contracts between France and the ANC were on the agenda; SWAPO man Anton Lubowski, ditto, in front of his Windhoek home in 1989, shortly after befriending an arms and diamonds dealer. The then ANC Chief of Staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) and General-Secretary of the SACP’s Thembisile Chris Hani was murdered in 1993 (one elections in South Africa), in the midst of massive bribe-offering by arms dealers to key people in the ANC military. In all three cases, people close to the victims told me that they had been ‘obstacles’. Dulcie September people”. Lubowski “had not wanted to do what [certain businessmen] wanted”. Hani “would not allow the corruption of the ANC’s guerrilla army, MK”. In the late eighties and early nineties, when South Africa and neighbouring Namibia transitioned from apartheid rule to democracy and sanctions were lifted, dozens of international impending new ANC and SWAPO governments to buy up resources and sell arms. In Namibia, Namibian, French, Italian, Israeli and American diamond buyers had entered the postsanctions scene and arms dealers started approaching the ANC in South Africa as early as 1991. September, Lubowski and Hani had objected to, respectively, a nuclear military technology exchange; a set of oil-, diamonds- and casino rights deals; and the now notorious South African arms deal. motivated by apartheid hate and perpetrated by death squads or (in the case of Hani) right-wing is still dominant in South Africa: puzzlingly so, considering that, in two of the three cases, high ranking suggested that the truth should indeed be sought on the terrain of shady contracts. Former ANC deputy minister of foreign affairs, that “Dulcie [September] stumbled on nuclear issues”. SWAPO’s [now president] Hage Geingob told a journalist that Anton Lubowski, on the day of his murder, was sort- matters’. In the case of Hani, former comrades explained to me how he was an obstacle to the US million (N6 million at current exchanger rate) arms deal that was being negotiated with others in the ANC leadership at the time. From the police docket in the case, I found that a crucial part in the Hani murder was played by Peter Jackson, a chemicals transporter with arms trade connections, who was the employer of Hani’s convicted murderer Janusz Walus, and who seemed to have been telling Walus what to do. The police had been kept from investigating Peter Jackson by a written instruction from the Security Police. I published several stories about the Dulcie September and Anton Lubowski murders in the South African Mail & Guardian. The full story of all three murders and their ‘dodgy deals’ background was told in my book ‘Dulcie, a woman who had to keep her mouth shut’ published in 2001, in Dutch, in the Netherlands - the same book that Jacana’s Maggie Davey had wanted to publish in South Africa. The Anton Lubowski story was captured in a South African investigative journalism training manual; the Dulcie September investigation was published in the Rhodes Review (of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, also South Africa) and the story about the arms trade links in the Chris Hani case was published in ZAM Magazine in the Netherlands in 2005. But, strangely, every time the stories are published, or discussed, they fall into a big silence. In 2011, the repeated admission by Pahad that September was killed me in 1995 and re-recorded 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 Mail & Guardian in 1999, cannot even be found on their website anymore. Dulcie September had been on the trail of nuclear military technology exchanges between France and the South African government. She had had meetings with sources in the arms trade whom she kept secret even from her private secretary, had phoned the highest regions in the ANC to come and stop what was going on, had planned to inform the anti-apartheid arms sanctions campaign, and had been shot, the head, before she could go any further. There was a ripple in the silence following this article when Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) investigator, detective Jan Ake Kjellberg (who had been seconded to the TRC by the Swedish government) tried to take the matter further. However, right after he had gone to France to follow up on the arms deal trial in the Dulcie sent home to Sweden. Kjellbergs reports are contained in boxes that have been moved to the National Just cause… The late Anton Lubowski receiving Andimba Toivo ya Toivo (now late), Hage Geingob and other SWAPO leaders as they arrived from exile in Windhoek. Photo: University of Cape Town Libraries Dulcie September Intelligence Agency’s custody, where they remain inaccessible to the public to date. The same arms wheeler-dealer whom Kjellberg and I had investigated in the Dulcie September case had befriended SWAPO-man Lubowski a few months before his murder. The arms dealers’ name was Alain Guenon. He had high- Mitterrand family in France and had also, posing as a socialist supporter of ANC and SWAPO, managed to become an advisor to the ANC’s Winnie Mandela and Tokyo Sexwale. Another ‘friend’ who had become close to Lubowski at more or less the same time as Guenon was Vito Palazzolo, the Italian banker [who is currently in Italian jail for money laundering Unbeknownst to Anton Lubowski however, Guenon, and Palazzolo knew each other: they national research agency Kroll as long standing business partners in a diamond mine in Angola. Both were (also secretly) good friends of the rogue, smuggling, apartheid military establishment. Guenon was linked to Military Intelligence’s Directorate for Covert Collection (DCC) through a partnership with the DCC’s operative Rob Colesky in a front company in Namibia, Spectrum Furniture. The company was selling furniture to SWAPO for their this furniture deal that came with a ‘facilitation fee’ for Lubowski, in cheques that were later proven to originate from South Africa’s military intelligence. According to two independent sources in Windhoek, the ‘facilitation fee’ was at the core of the financial issues that Lubowski was ‘sorting out’ on the day of his murder. Friends of Lubowski also non had demanded that Lubowski deliver certain business contracts monds, and oil transport to them. They report that Lubowski had told them, in distress, that he “didn’t want to do all that these people wanted from him”. Still, Lubowski worked the entire day of his murder on the books that contained entries related to the ‘facilitation fee’ he had accepted, and he told his comrade, fellow SWAPO-leader Geingob, in a very private conversation at the end of this day, after the DCC’s Rob Colesky had visited his house to ask what time Lubowski would be home, that ‘the people’s lawyer’ was shot dead in his front yard. Colesky would later surface again as a fellow director in several of South African arms deal middleman John Bredenkamp’s companies. The TRC attributed both the September and Lubowski murders to an apartheid ‘death squad’ called the Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB), and, in Lubowski’s case, this CCB who had been former policemen in South Africa. However, the former policemen who were named in the case (Chappies Maree, Staal Burger, Calla Botha, Slang van Zyl, among others) had Chris Hani no record of ever having carried out, or organized, professional murders. Their records consisted of harassment, beatings, torture and other ‘dirty tricks’. September, Lubowski and Hani were cornered in a spot without witnesses, shot in the head, and died immediately. Carrying out such a murder needs skill and experience of a kind that an average South African policeman simply did not possess. Former military Special Forces in an interview in the late nineties that he and his fellow soldiers did not think highly of ‘the CCB’. “We were laughing at these CCB policemen. They were parading around, sweating and in wigs, in the heat in the frontline states. We knew that they were just a label. For when an operation needed to be denied.” South African Special Forces operatives were often mercenaries, and they were indeed used, sometimes privately, for operations that needed to be denied. Irish mercenary Donald Acheson, of Special Forces army a Namibian inquest as Lubowski’s real assassin. He disappeared in 1991 and is now thought dead. An army buddy of Acheson’s (name known to was also involved in the Lubowski murder and that the order came from a South African government minister who felt that Lubowski was ‘messing with his business’. – This is an edited version of the essay by author Evelyn Groenink and published in Zam Magazine.

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