128pp., illus., map, paperback, Barnsley, 2018
Vlakplaas is a farm outside Pretoria that served as the headquarters of a South African Police counterinsurgency unit. The unit was commanded first by Dirk Coetzee and later by Eugene de Kock. Vlakplaas functioned as a hit squad, capturing opponents of the apartheid government, torturing them, and either "turning" them or executing them.
Robin Binckes was born in the Eastern Cape in 1941. He is the author of The Great Trek, escape from British rule: the Boer exodus from the Cape Colony.