South Africa: Boer POWs tortured (2003) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 December 2010 16:55

Boer prisoners of war

The text below is an excerpt from the article “Boer POW group to complain to Red Cross”, published by “The Star” the 27th November 2003.

The Bond van Boerekrygsgevangenes (League of Boer Prisoners of War) on Thursday said it would complain to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the conditions under which a 1994 bomb planter [freedom fighter. Ed.] was being held.
Dries Kriel [he is dead in 2008. Ed.], a leader of the Christiana, North West Province-based organisation [North West Province was established by the regime of new southern Africa empire. The area includes some territory of Transvaal and Bophuthatswana. Ed.], said Cliffie Barnard, jailed for life in 1997 in connection with a series of bomb blasts before and after […] [multinational. Ed.] elections in April 1994, was regularly tortured and assaulted by warders.
Barnard was recently transferred from the Pretoria local prison to the super-maximum security C-Max prison within the Pretoria Central Prison complex.
In a copy of a letter addressed to the ICRC, received in Johannesburg, Kriel alleged that it was “well known that white prisoners in phase 1 of C-Max prison are locked up in darkness and solitude for 24 hours a day and are starving by lack of food (sic).”
He added that it was not known why Barnard had been moved and that the department of correctional services was refusing to explain.
The department could not immediately comment on the allegations. Spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs undertook to respond on Friday.
Afrikanerweerstandsbeweging [AWB. In English: Afrikaner Resistance Movement. Ed.] leader Eugene Terre’Blanche [murdered in 2010. Ed.] was earlier this month convicted on five counts of terrorism  [with reference to the war of liberation fought by AWB. Ed.] related to some of the bombings carried out by Barnard and Abraham “Koper” Myburgh. Myburgh is also serving a life sentence.
Kriel could not be reached at either of the numbers provided to clarify when the letter was sent to the ICRC or how many “Boer prisoners of war” he believed were in South African jails.
His organisation believes Barnard and others who opposed South Africa’s transition to […] [the single regime in a capitalist-communist empire. Ed] were entitled to prisoner of war status. The ICRC normally intercedes on behalf of POWs captured and held by warring states.
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