Charges against South African security forces of suppressing dissent, brutalizing captives and taking sides in ethnic conflicts have taken on greater credibility in recent weeks. They cast doubt over the integrity of negotiations for a new South Africa taking place among political parties.
The "smoking gun" of evidence against the police is the statement to the Sunday Times of South Africa by Dr. Jonathan Gluckman, a pathologist who examined 200 bodies of victims of police torture in recent years. "I am convinced that 90 percent were killed by the police," he said. "My impression is that they are totally out of control."
The second smoking gun was the report of an English police expert, Peter Waddington, called in to assess the South African police investigation of last month's Boipatong massacre. He criticized the South African police for seeking confessions, not evidence. He found the police hostile to the Boipatong victims and witnesses, mostly supporters of the African National Congress, and protective of the suspects at a Zulu migrant workers' hostel, supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party. This substantiates the ANC's allegations.