South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Simon Anders » Fri, 19 Sep 1997 04:00:00


PORT ELIZABETH September 10 1997- SAPA

       POLICEMAN TELLS TRUTH COMMISSION HOW HE BEAT BIKO

Convicted killer and former security policeman Gideon Nieuwoudt has
admitted to beating black
consciousness leader Steve Biko with a piece of hosepipe during a
scuffle which apparently resulted in Biko's
death six days later.

In his application for amnesty submitted to the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission and made public on
Wednesday, Nieuwoudt said he went to the aid of colleagues after Biko
became embroiled in a "full-scale
fight" with his security police interrogators.

The incident occurred in an interrogation room at security police
headquarters in Port Elizabeth on September
6, 1977, following Biko's arrest at a roadblock ouside Grahamstown
with friend Peter Jones on August 18.

Nieuwoudt is seeking amnesty for Biko's death in detention along with
former colleagues Major Harold
Snyman, Rubin Marx, Daantjie Siebert and Johan Beneke.

The former police colonel said Biko refused to co-operate with the
interrogation team questioning him about
his activities.

When Siebert pulled him off a chair, Biko lost his temper and shoved
the chair at the policeman and tried to
punch him.

"A full-scale fight ensued in which blows were traded and people were
pushed around. Everything happened
very fast. I saw the situation was starting to get out of hand so I
grabbed a piece of hosepipe.

"I hit him across the back several times to try and subdue him and I
eventually managed to get hold of him,"
Nieuwoudt said.

Beneke and Siebert helped him restrain Biko as they pushed him into a
corner of the room.

"During the struggle he landed against the wall. His head hit the wall
first, following which he collapsed to the
floor.

"There was no intention to hit his head against the wall. It was just
necessary to bring him under control."

After banging his head, Biko continued to refuse to answer questions,
and regional security police chief
Colonel Piet Goosen ordered that he be handcuffed, standing up, to a
security gate in the office.

"During the course of the day it became clear to me that something was
wrong with Biko. His speech became
incoherent and he started to slur his words. He seemed to be
confused," Nieuwoudt said.

Biko also lost control of his bladder and soiled his clothes. When
district surgeon Dr Ivor Lang visited him the
following day, he instructed that his clothes and hand***be
removed.

Biko was given a blanket to cover himself while his clothes were
washed.

Nieuwoudt also described Biko's last hours before his death on
September 12, 1977.

On September 11, the policeman said he went to St Albans prison in
Port Elizabeth, where Biko was taken
for medical treatment.

"He walked with support. It was still clear that he was ill."

On the same day, Nieuwoudt said he received instructions to transport
the prisoner to Pretoria Central prison.

Biko was placed in the back of a Land Rover on five cell mats and
covered with four blankets. Another
blanket was placed under his head.

"He was not unconscious, but his speech was incoherent. At that stage
he was clothed only in his underpants."

They arrived at Pretoria Central at 9am on September 12 and handed
Biko over to prison authorities. The
activist died several hours later.

Nieuwoudt is serving a jail sentence for ***.

 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Tony Elso » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> PORT ELIZABETH September 10 1997- SAPA

>        POLICEMAN TELLS TRUTH COMMISSION HOW HE BEAT BIKO

Excuse, but unless I am completely missing something here, what the ***
has this to do with the RSRU  newsgroup, and more generally, rugby.

 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Gary » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


>> PORT ELIZABETH September 10 1997- SAPA

>>        POLICEMAN TELLS TRUTH COMMISSION HOW HE BEAT BIKO

>Excuse, but unless I am completely missing something here, what the ***
>has this to do with the RSRU  newsgroup, and more generally, rugby.

Maybe the policeman was a springbok using the defence "I was told to beat the All
Blacks"

 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Dary » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>PORT ELIZABETH September 10 1997- SAPA

>       POLICEMAN TELLS TRUTH COMMISSION HOW HE BEAT BIKO

(snip totally unrelated article)

I can't imagine for a fraction of a second why you have chosen to post this
article here - and I've tried.

Whatever point you are trying to make is lost on me. Maybe you should be
posting to one of the alt.soc or the politics groups. The word rugby
doesn't even appear in the article.

cheers

Daryl

 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by freefa » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> PORT ELIZABETH September 10 1997- SAPA

>        POLICEMAN TELLS TRUTH COMMISSION HOW HE BEAT BIKO

If only they did the same to another civilian ***ing terrorist,
Mandela.
Nuf said.
 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Nigel Evan » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>Nieuwoudt is serving a jail sentence for ***.

                          I am glad there was a happy ending. Now, can
you please tell what this has to do with rugby union ? It's bad enough
that we have to contend with nutters posting photographs of little old
ladies without having to put up with politics. I don't know what the
group is coming to ! What next ? Recipes ?

--
Nigel Evans

 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Tim Scriven » Mon, 22 Sep 1997 04:00:00

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South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Koo » Mon, 22 Sep 1997 04:00:00



<<>If only they did the same to another civilian ***ing terrorist,

Quote:
>Mandela.
>Nuf said.>>>

A man in freefall to scared to give his e-mail adress.
Poor thing.
 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Ian Wilso » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> > PORT ELIZABETH September 10 1997- SAPA

> >        POLICEMAN TELLS TRUTH COMMISSION HOW HE BEAT BIKO

> Excuse, but unless I am completely missing something here, what the ***
> has this to do with the RSRU  newsgroup, and more generally, rugby.

I agree. As terrible as the story is, Steve Biko never played rugby ... so
where's the connection?!!!!
***nut!!!

Ian Wilson
South African in New Jersey

 
 
 

South African Rugby- Aparteid at Play

Post by Tony Elso » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> > > PORT ELIZABETH September 10 1997- SAPA

> > >        POLICEMAN TELLS TRUTH COMMISSION HOW HE BEAT BIKO

> > Excuse, but unless I am completely missing something here, what the
> ***
> > has this to do with the RSRU  newsgroup, and more generally, rugby.

> I agree. As terrible as the story is, Steve Biko never played rugby
> ... so
> where's the connection?!!!!
> ***nut!!!

> Ian Wilson
> South African in New Jersey

   Hi Ian

You need to watch who you are quoting.  Anderson posted the bullshit.  I
posted the reply.

cheers