Cop who killed Cradock 4 commits suicide
By Riaan Marais‚ Mkhululi Ndamase and Michael KimberleyA former Port Elizabeth security policeman who confessed to his role in the murder of the Cradock Four struggle heroes has taken his own life more than 30 years after the notorious apartheid atrocity which changed South Africa’s political landscape forever.Gerhard Lotz‚ 56‚ who admitted his role in the killings in 1985 of Matthew Goniwe‚ Fort Calata‚ Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mhlauli – known as the Cradock Four – before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1998‚ shot himself in his Framesby home last weekend.But while his family is still coming to terms with his death‚ family of the Cradock Four said justice had finally been served.When approached‚ Lotz’s wife Nicky questioned Weekend Post as to who told the newspaper about his death‚ before an angry woman came on the line.“He is dead less than a week. You are a vulture‚” she said.Goniwe’s elder brother‚ Alex Goniwe‚ 89‚ said he believed Lotz’s conscience had finall...
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