8.4.05

Beating Me Down.


"Torture, they say, is the fastest and most reliable means of forcing prisoners to divulge information. During the apartheid era in South Africa, Gideon Nieuwoudt, one of South Africa's most notorious torturers, used a range of techniques on his ANC victims and retains a philosophical perspective. 'It's like a piano: you make use of the black notes and the white notes to make a sweet melody,' he says. He has no doubt the beatings he inflicted on detainees forced them to talk: 'The people will never give you anything without torture, that I can assure you.'

Former colleague Paul Van Vuuren lost count of the number of people he tortured under apartheid, but is still proud of his skills. 'There are all these movies about Rambo and stuff where they put electricity on his bodies and he's not talking. That's bullshit. There is no-one in the world; I haven't yet seen one guy that don't talk. I can take anyone on and make them talk, that's no problem.'"


~ The truth about torture by Kate Townsend.