322pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019
For almost two decades Brigadier Tolletjie Botha headed the Directorate of Covert Collection (DCC), a top secret section of South African Military Intelligence raided by Mr Justice R Goldstone in late 1992. Immediately after the raid President F. W. de Klerk announced that 23 officers had been suspended from duties and could face charges in relation to criminal activities. However, the results of inquiries by General Pierre Steyn and Judge Goldstone into DCC were never made public or handed to the attorney-general’s office, and nobody from the organisation was ever charged. In 1998 Giancarlo Coccia met with Botha when he was terminally ill with cancer and recorded the history and activities of DCC as related by Botha on his deathbed.
Italian foreign correspondent Giancarlo Coccia covered the wars in Angola and Mozambique and was sent to South Africa in 1973, where he still lives. He is the author of The Scorpion Sting and Operation Greengrocer.