At the Vosloo Grill in Pretoria, Colonel Jaap Cornelius is giving his views to Lieutenant Pieter Erasmus on how South Africa has gone backwards since the ANC came to power in 1994.
Bar lady, University of Pretoria law student Lindiwe Buthelezi, is the shining light in terms of commitment and excellent, but Jaap and his fellow conservative-minded Afrikaners would never see it that way.
Pieter is smitten by Lindiwe and plans on taking her away to Cape Town for the long weekend that is around the corner.
In the car on the way from Pretoria to Cape Town, Pieter asks Lindiwe if she believed that South Africa could return to the Nelson Mandela dream of a unified, corruption-free country.
The next day, on the ferry trip on the way to Robben Island where Mandela was held prisoner for many years by the Apartheid government, Lindiwe senses Mandela’s voice in her head.
Once on the island Lindiwe had a sense that she had been there before. Was she going crazy? On a rock at the far side of the island, she noticed her name carved on the hard surface….
Back from Cape Town, Lindiwe is on duty at the Vosloo Grill. She goes to the kitchen at the back and Pieter, totally in love with her, follows. While they are chatting, Pieter places his hand on a pipe in the kitchen and a gas explosion takes place. Pieter drops to the floor in a state of unconsciousness and the paramedics report no sign of Lindiwe.
Lindiwe wakes up in the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital and is bewildered at the new world of 2010. She is totally confused as to what MNET and a mobile phone are, let along a chap called Jacob Zuma being President of South Africa. What happened to F.W. de Klerk, she asked.
The last thing she could remember was it being 1991 and she was pregnant with her first child.
She asks after her boyfriend, Pieter, but the doctors think that she is delusional. Lindiwe accuses the doctors of playing with her mind and tries to escape from the bed where she is…
With Lindiwe Jnr blown into the spirit at the gas explosion, Lindiwe Snr, wakes up in hospital and is totally out of touch with the New South Africa. The last thing she remembered was being pregnant with Lindiwe Jnr in 1991 and now she is in 2010. She does not know what MNET is, nor does she know what a mobile phone is. Of even greater importance, she does not know that Nelson Mandela had been released from prison. Her last memory was that F.W. de Klerk was President of the Apartheid regime controlling South Africa. She also knows little…
Pieter Erasmus wakes up in 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria. He finds his wrists chained to the bed. The cops want information from him as to what is his link with Lindiwe and why did she disappear and where too. Having Lost Lindiwe Snr and Lindiwe Jnr, Pieter opts to fulfil the wish of his racist parents by plotting to kill black people. After escaping from the hospital, he heads to Pretoria central armed with a shotgun. His mind races through South Africa’s history regarding the road to democracy which included the assassination of Chris Hani (SA Communist Party leader)…
10 May 1994 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as the first democratically-elected President of South Africa. Immediately, there are threats against his life. Mandela informs US President Bill Clinton of his opposition to the death penalty, which was suspended in South Africa in February 1990 and abolished on 6 June 1995. Ironically, on the same day that Mandela was inaugurated as President, John Wayne Gacy was put to death in the US by lethal injection for the murder of 33 young men and boys.
In his mind, Mandela works through the Freedom Charter, the foundation of the African National Congress movement….
Mandela meets with the security cluster who inform him of a plot to take his life and to overthrow the government in order to plunge the country into a state of anarchy.
Mandela refuses to take Defence Minister Joe Modise’s advise to put the military on to the streets in order to maintain law and order. Inside his mind, Mandela hears the voice of a girl. It seems so familiar, but he is battling to work out who the person is and where he had heard the voice before. Mandela annoys the meeting by saying that he feels that a threat…
Nelson Mandela was on a mission to make sure that South Africa would not go off the rails and become an economic problem like Zimbabwe, who were led by law-unto-himself Robert Mugabe. Mandela, like many believed that the South African constitution was strong enough to avoid such a disaster. Mandela was quite used to challenging stubborn state leaders as was his experience with P.W. Botha, F.W de Klerk and now Mugabe. Mandela had made peace to be guided by the woman’s voice in his head. It made sense all of the time.
He was on a mission to move forward…
Again, Mandela stands firm against his Defence Minister Joe Modise, in terms of putting the army on to the streets, following right wing resistance to his inauguration.
Modise is adamant that an assassination attempt on Mandela’s life will come sooner rather than later.
Mandela was still in his Rainbow Nation dreamland. Many African countries had failed their people following their independence from the colonialists. He did not want to fall into that category.
The President instructed Modise to keep working on finding the safehouse where the alleged right-wing coup was being managed from. Running the country amid Apartheid debt was now one of…
Thabo Mbeki takes over from Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa. Mandela and Mbeki have a heart-to-heart chat and Madiba tells his successor that it is as if someone had infiltrated his mind to give him good advice.
The voice tells Mandela that she will continue to guide him but can’t help Mbeki.
Mbeki asks Mandela for some examples of what the inner voice has told him. Mandela mentions the forthcoming Arms Deal fiasco and mentions Joe Modise’s battle with cancer, which he would eventually succumb to in 2001. The inner voice tells Mandela that Mbeki should focus on the economy…
Thabo Mbeki says that unlike Zimbabwe, land invasions is not a part of South Africa’s culture.
Pieter is become more anti-black as the days go by. He begins to wonder what would he have done differently if he was President of South Africa?
In a dream, Pieter sees a woman who he thinks is Lindiwe, walking across a street in Pretoria. Pieter calls her name but she ignores him and heads off at speed. He runs after her and sees her talking to two other girls on the street corner. A red wave goes through Pretoria, almost like the city has been…
Pieter gets to the fifth floor of an apartment building to carry out his evil deed but he has a fear of heights and ends up on his hands and knees. He battles to breath. Was God trying to stop him? Like Mandela, he hears a voice in his head telling him that once he reaches the fifth floor, the inner voice cannot help him anymore. What will be will be.
The inner voice which Pieter believes is that of Lindiwe, tries to talk him out of the deed. She makes an example of the 25-years in prison sentence handed to…
Pieter thinks through the story of the assassination of former South African President Hendrik Verwoerd, who was stabbed to death by the liberal-minded Dimitri Tsafendes in Parliament in 1966. The world saw Verwoerd as a pure racist. Pieter’s parents saw Verwoerd as a ‘great man’
Pieter takes aim at his target from the apartment overlooking Lilian Ngcoyi Square. His thought pattern is interrupted by the voices on the television screen in the lounge where a soap opera is being aired and a white woman is acting out a kissing scene with a black man.
While employed in the South African Police Services,…
Pieter did not believe in reconciliation with the new government. He did not see himself like Apartheid era Foreign Affairs Minister Pik Botha, who went on to serve in the first democratic government under Mandela. Nor did he see himself as former Law and Order Minister, Adriaan Vlok, who washed the feet of Reverend Frank Chikane, a man who the Apartheid government had once tried to kill with a letter bomb.
From his crouched position at the apartment overlooking the Strijdom Square, Pieter takes aim at a black woman.
Something about the woman made him think that she could be Lindiwe!
Pieter was a loose cannon. He did not belong to an ultra-right wing militant party. He took aim at a black man at the nearest point of the square to him, but the shotgun refused to fire. The Lieutenant carefully took his weapon apart and cleaned it like he did daily. Again, he attempted to find his crouched shooting position, but four cop cars stopped below, halting his plan.
The cops were on the lookout for him following his absenteeism from work and he needed to keep a low profile.
He wanted to shoot, and even when the cops vehicles left there…
Pieter sits in a coffee shop in Pretoria and thinks about all the white South Africans who had been killed while serving their country during Apartheid, only for the de Klerk government to hand the country over to the ANC.
Through the coffee shop window he witnesses a road rage incident between an Afrikaner and a black taxi driver.
The Afrikaner was outraged at the how the taxi driver had driven and climbed from his bakkie. He pulled a pistol and upon being taunted by the taxi man, he fired the weapon. Locals wrestled the Afrikaner to the ground and disarmed him…
The South African Police Services Special Investigative Unit in conjunction with a team under Pieter’s mentor, Colonel Jaap Cornelius, are on a mission to find the Lieutenant. Meanwhile, Pieter is back keeping a low profile in a coffeeshop in Pretoria. Again, he spots a person across the street who looks just like Lindiwe Jnr.
The girl was dressed in red, pretty like what he had seen in the dream. He chased after her. He noticed the girl talking to two other women, and waited for her to finish the chat, but as she did, she disappeared into a pavement full of…
Pieter’s mobile phone rings. He notices it’s the number of Jaap Cornelius. He has been hesitant to take Jaap’s calls as though the Colonel is his mentor, he does not know if Jaap will sell him out to the police. Pieter felt like he was a member of the Stander Gang of the 1980s. Andre Stander was a police captain, but would spend much of his time robbing banks and then returning as the investigating cop.
As for Jaap, was his friend a secret Boeremag right wing member who was trying to recruit Pieter and encourage him to carry out evil…
Pieter and Jaap always spoke about leaving the police and forming their own security firm. Jaap sets Pieter up with a meeting at his home and at the last minute, changes the venue to Wingate Golf Club outside of Pretoria. Pieter wonders if Jaap has set him up to be detained by the cops.
He goes to the golf club and meets up with Lucas Sithole.
Pieter cringes as Sithole was a former Umkhonto we Sizwe man who set up a bomb that killed seven whites in Johannesburg in the late 980s. Pieter was about to do business with the enemy, something…
Back at his flat, Pieter’s mind is racing at the prospect of a good payday in Marikana and the potential of doing other security work for his new friends in African states.
His mobile phone bleeps and his face lights up as R200 000 is paid into his bank account. Lucas Sithole keeps his word by paying a deposit fee to Pieter. There is no turning back now. The full amount for the job stands at R2 million.
Pieter knows that the stakes are high as Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa is a non-executive director shareholder in Loxton Mines, the key roleplayer at…
Life is not as simple as it seems. While Pieter was smiling over his new job, he gets a call from a man called Lucky Mthembu, who wants him to meet with his boss, Vincent Khoza. The topic for discussion is to secure the mine in Marikana. Pieter is offered R4 million. The Lieutenant soon realises that he is now a part of a struggle to land the tender for the security work. As much as he wants to take the R4 million offer, he has Lucas Sithole’s R200 000 deposit already in his bank account. Greed takes over and…
Pieter meets with Vincent Khoza at the Centurion Country Club and is told that the muscle behind the work is ANC tender fixer Ace Mabuza. Pieter knows Mabuza’s name well as the man has been linked to several cases of tender corruption. Vincent offers Pieter R400 000 deposit on the R4 million job.
Pieter is left wondering what other bidders will be a part of the tender process. He keeps quiet on the fact that Lucas Sithole has already paid a R200 000 deposit to him.
Vincent mentions that if the project gets cancelled, Pieter can still keep the deposit money.
At home, Pieter wonders why the blacks are trusting him so much. He also fears that he is selling his soul to the blacks. Pieter still had a National Party mindset just like his parents. Black lives were cheap to him. Pieter Googles on the internet and finds more facts on Ace Mabuza, son of wealthy businessman, Diamond Mabuza. There was little eon the internet on Diamond because Mabuza snr lived by the name of Clement Morewa.
Pieter finds out that Clement Morewa is sitting on the Loxton Mines board and will be one of the decision makers in awarding the…
With R200 000 from Lucas Sithole in his bank account, as well as another R400 000 from Vincent Khoza, Pieter was in a super financial position.
He did his homework on the town of Marikana and a bit more on Ace Mabuza, who was also the king of bouncing cheques.
A key businessman who received a bouncing cheque, went to Ace home in the mid-1990s to collect his money. Shots were heard and the body of the businessman has never been found to this day. Mabuza denies meeting with the man on that day.
Pieter drives to Marikana in the North West Province. He he arranges to meet Vincent Khoza first, and then Lucas Sithole later that evening. He hopes either of the businessmen will not walk in while he is meeting with the other.
Pieter is introduced to the Minister of Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, T.K. Muronga, and the Police Commissioner, Lawrence Mathibe, but senses that they know more than they are letting on.
One hundred policemen are on standby to support the fifty security guards to hold firm against the striking miners.
The Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs is adamant that he…
Pieter believes that he could be the next to be eliminated.
During a briefing, he surveys the map of the area, and he remembers Vincent Khoza telling him that there are no people living near shafts 03 and 04. The question was, how truthful was Vincent being, or was he setting up Pieter to pay the price for a human rights disaster?
After most had left the meeting, Pieter found an ally in Chris Chuene, a security manager who had worked on the mine there for over fifteen years. Chris knew the area and the role-players and trusted the cops as little…
Police Commissioner Mathibe asked Pieter to brief the cops. This seemed odd to Pieter as Mathibe held the rank, not him.
Pieter sets up a coding system. Code Blue is for the firing of two rounds of live ammunition to send a warning message to the strikers at the main gate. Code Green is for the firing of water canons at the main gate. Code Red is for firing of rubber bullets and teargas. Pieter is questioned about firing live ammunition, and he backs his decision in the absence of Mathibe. Pieter the racist was back.
Mathibe fumes when he finds out…
Pieter headed to the main gate area and noticed flashes of light. These were from the photographers and television camera crew who had pushed their way to the gate to get the big story. Being a low-ranked cop, Pieter did not know that the media knew who he was, but they began to call his name and throw questions at him. Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, Muronga arrived with Police Commissioner Mathibe to steal the limelight. They had quelled the strike. However, they did not enjoy the question on who gave the order to use live ammunition.
Chris Chuene informs…
Pieter stops at a fuel station near Marikana and grins. He had achieved his goal for his racist family by having several blacks gunned down. The fuel attendant puts in 93 petrol instead of 95 and Pieter calls him a dumb baboon.
From a taxi and lady dismounts and calls Pieter’s name. Lindiwe Snr! She says that he must have thought that she was dead. He replies that as far as he is concerned she is dead. Lindiwe and Pieter get into a shouting match, and a fuel attendant and two other men try to separate the pair. Pieter reaches for…
The on-duty cop, Constable Jonker gives Pieter a different set of clothes and tells him to pretend to be his twin, Kerneels Jonker. Outside the police stations, hundreds of blacks are chanting, to make sure that Pieter does not get bail for shooting Lindiwe Snr.
Pieter still cannot understand the Lindiwe Snr situation. He was adamant that she had died giving birth to Lindiwe Jnr.
The doctor says that Lindiwe had lost a lot of blood, but they had managed to remove the bullet.
Pieter drives back to the Loxton Mine and sees flowers placed at the main gate as a sign of…
10 August 20112, and this time its 34 dead as the cops and security protected the Loxton Mine against the angry women who were joined by several men. The Loxton Mine was intact, and that was what Pieter was paid to ensure.
The Farlam Commission, chaired by judge Ian Farlam, took place in Rustenburg, with the outcome being that Pieter was indeed the fall guy. He was held accountable and was stripped of his rank, forced to resign from the South African Police Services, and told to write letters of apology to the families of the victims killed during the two…
A few months later, Vincent Khoza calls Pieter to tell him that the Marikana Massacre case will be reopened. It seems like someone has paid big money to re-open the sage amid new evidence that has been brought forward.
Somebody wants to see Pieter lose more than just his rank and his job. Someone wants Pieter to pay the price for giving the order for the murdering of blacks in Marikana.
Pieter thinks through the possible contenders who would score from reopening the case. Was it Police Commissioner Lawrence Mathibe, Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, T.K Muronga or the notorious Ace…
Vincent Khoza calls Pieter again to tell him that the commission will start in Pretoria the following week, but that Ace Mabuza’s connections will protect him.
Pieter drives to the venue of the commission and angry blacks chant their hatred at him. Vincent Khoza describes the commission as a storm in a teacup and reassures Pieter that Ace Mabuza has it all under control.
The meeting room door opens and Pieter finally gets to meet Ace Mabuza. Mabuza’s henchman holds a suitcase with R3.6 million in it, being the balance of the job that Pieter did in Marikana.
Pieter realises that if he…
Pieter meets Laurie Armstrong, a hotshot lawyer who has been hired to handle his case. Armstrong tells him that the court proceedings is all a show, just like the Billy Flynn scene in the movie, Chicago.
Armstrong says that he is going to do a lot of tap dancing just like Billy did in the movie. The lawyer works through the five-person panel who will survey the evidence, in the form of a jury.
Pieter is told to tell the panel what they want to hear. He is feeling more confident with Armstrong at his side.
Following a briefing with the panel, Armstrong…
Two weeks later, the session starts at the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria. The crowd of protestors outside the venue has tripled in size. Instead of protecting Pieter during the session, all the evidence of the crime pointed towards him, with Vincent Khoza protecting Ace Mabuza.
During a break, Pieter tells Armstrong of the R3.6 million in a suitcase that he had received from Mabuza.
Mabuza had even been so nice to offer another R2 million to Pieter, which would be collected from the crook’s henchman prior to departure from the venue on the last day, if Pieter towed the line.
The puppet show was good. Police Commissioner Lawrence Mathibe was answering questions and telling Advocate Dali Mhlaba exactly what he wanted to hear.
Pieter realised that he needed a fairy godmother to save him. Mathibe mentions that Pieter had given the order to the cops to open fire on the strikers. Outside in the streets, the cry of ‘One settler, one bullet’ changes to ‘one settler, two bullets’.
The next day, Pieter goes to Mamelodi East for the funeral of Lindiwe Buthelezi Snr, who succumbed to her wounds after being shot by Pieter in the North-West. He is stopped at the gate…
At his flat in Pretoria, Pieter picks up a copy of the Pretoria News newspaper and reads that Ace Mabuza is set for the top job of electricity supplier, Eskom.
He returns to the commission that morning and Lindiwe Snr’s last words return to him – “my time on earth is over and yours is running out too.”
Following the last session of the commission, a media briefing is to be held on the steps of the building. Armstrong tells Pieter not to attend but he refuses and goes to state his side of the story.
Just after 15h00, a cracking sound…
Pieter Gerhardus Erasmus passes away at four minutes to midnight at 1 Military Hospital, in Pretoria.
He is to be laid to rest at Eersterus cemetery.
Pieter’s parents blame Pieter’s death on F.W. de Klerk who sold out the country to the ANC.
Ace Mabuza tries to comfort Pieter’s father, Frik Erasmus, at the cemetery, but Frik says that his son did not mix with black people.
The jury panel from the commission are also present and Pieter’s ally, Chris Chuene, keeps a fair distance from them. Chris is black like they are but does not want to be associated with them.
In the spirit,…
Ace Mabuza, who lived four houses away from where South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani was assassinated in Boksburg in 1993, is driven home by Vincent Khoza. As Ace exits the car and heads to his front door, he is gunned down by an assassin.
Vincent tries to make a run for it, but a bullet lodges in his skull killing him instantly.
Panel member Lerato Tshabalala had voted against Pieter at the commission. He went to sleep that night and never woke up the next morning.
Nikiwe Moeng, a hot model lookalike, who was also a member of the panel that…