Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed de Kock for more than 46 hours over a three month period in 1998. In this book, she reflects on these interviews and engages in a nuanced scrutiny of how an apparently ordinary person became drawn to lead a clandestine state-sanctioned unit to become simultaneously a killer and a highly decorated police officer.
A Human Being Died That Night: A story of Forgiveness
Eugene de Kock is the former head of covert operations and death squad unit of the South African Police, which operated from a farm called Vlakplaas located outside Pretoria. The unit hunted down and killed anti-apartheid activists. De Kock was arrested in May 1994, and in 1996 was tried, convicted and sentenced to 212 years in prison.
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