Killer of 3 AWB men threatened

Published Apr 12, 2010


By Lesego Masemola

A former Bophuthatswana policeman who shot dead three AWB members in 1994 is living in fear for his life after finding a threatening note in his room last week.

Ontlametse Menyatsoe, who is a member of the SAPF in the North West, discovered the note in his room at the Hammanskraal Police College where he was on a course.

The note read: "Wat ek belowe aan jou is pyn, hartseer, honger of self die dood. Pasop" (What I promise you is pain, heartache, hunger and death. Beware).

Gauteng provincial police spokeswoman Captain Julia Claassen confirmed that police were investigating a case of intimidation.

Menyatsoe told Pretoria News the letter was the first real threat on his life since he drew international attention for shooting the AWB members in front of a television crew on March 11, 1994.

On that day, AWB members Nicolaas Fourie, Jacob Uys and Alwyn Wolfaardt were fleeing Bophuthatswana in a Mercedes Benz after a failed AWB invasion of the homeland.

It is alleged that Fourie had fired at stone-throwing locals and members of the then Bophutha-tswana Defence Force until he was shot. His car came to a halt.

Journalists approached the car to investigate but retreated when soldiers fired on them.

As the camera crew fled, they filmed Menyatsoe shooting the AWB men dead at point-black range.

Menyatsoe was granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1999, on the grounds that the killings were politically motivated.

He said: "Since that incident, nothing threatening has ever happened at all. This (note) scares me because with my experience something like this is a real threat which means that I am not free or safe, and maybe they (AWB) are still after me.

"Though I am in hiding, I am not even safe here," he said.

Menyatsoe said he picked up the note and was about to throw it in the rubbish bin. Then he knocked on his neighbour's door to see if he had been sent a similar letter.

"I thought it was maybe a hoax, that it was not real. The guy denied getting something similar, the one next door was just as surprised. I grew more worried."

Menyatsoe said he was rattled as the letter came when the AWB was mourning the death of Eugene Terre'Blanche, who was buried on Friday.

However, he said he was sceptical as there was no evidence the letter was indeed sent by the AWB.

Menyatsoe said when he arrived at the training college in January, he noticed a young white man who was always staring at him.

The man once saw him wearing a Cheetahs rugby jersey and asked him what he knew about rugby.

The man continued making derogatory remarks.

"The other time he walked right into me in the dining hall during breakfast. He pretended not to see me and we bumped into each other. He then made some remark and again I ignored him," he said.

Menyatsoe said he felt the killing of Terre'Blanche might have angered the young man, who probably sent the letter.

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