Tourists never knew of cargo in their truck
Johannesburg - It was the safari wagon that wasn’t. Parked at Liliesleaf farm is a Bedford truck that, while it might appear like any other overland safari vehicle, once held a secret.
The truck was used to smuggle weapons for the ANC, and was modified in England before being shipped to Kenya.
An ANC exile, businessman Manny Brown, was tasked with setting up a travel company that was given the name Africa Hinterland and finding reliable drivers. Paying tourists, usually New Zealanders and Australians, would be taken between Kenya and South Africa. The weapons would be picked up in Lusaka and hidden in secret compartments in the truck.
Once they arrived in South Africa, the weapons would be offloaded at a campsite and transferred to passenger vehicles.
While the South African authorities knew weapons were being smuggled across the border, they did not discover Africa Hinterland’s involvement. The truck operated from 1986 to 1993.