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    07: They Killed Dulcie: Impunity?

    07: They Killed Dulcie: Impunity?

    The final episode of They Killed Dulcie takes a critical look at what happened to the investigations of Dulcie September’s murder. So pervasive is the impunity for the economic crimes that sustained apartheid, that Dulcie September’s tenacious struggle for freedom was abruptly ended without redress. Why were victims like Dulcie forgotten, and why were the perpetrators allowed to go free?

    Before her murder, Dulcie September was investigating the global networks that financed and armed the apartheid regime. So far, They Killed Dulcie has explored why she was assassinated and looked at the corporations, spies and arms dealers who may have had a hand in Dulcie’s murder.

    As will be seen in the podcast, some of the same corporations Dulcie was investigating have continued to do business with the post-apartheid government. Why were Dulcie September’s comrades, today’s leaders, so eager to make friends of their old enemies? Dulcie, however, has been erased from South Africa’s history books, though not entirely from our memories. They Killed Dulcie but they could not erase her.

    • 30 min.
    BONUS: They Killed Dulcie - Dangerous Goods

    BONUS: They Killed Dulcie - Dangerous Goods

    In this episode, we unveil the murky world behind the Danish shipping
    industry’s pristine façade. In Dulcie’s handwritten notes, Danish ships and
    companies are exposed as integral to the apartheid regime’s arms money
    machinery.

    We tell the story of these companies, and their extensive role in arming the
    apartheid regime in contravention of UN sanctions.

    In the late 1970s, complaints from crew members on Danish ships kickstarted a
    union-led investigation into illegal arms smuggling to apartheid South Africa on
    Danish vessels. This episode of They Killed Dulcie tells the story of an evasive
    shipowner and the seafarers who joined the anti-apartheid struggle.
    The Seafarer’s Union begins an investigation that takes them across the world to find evidence that disproves the claims of ethical behaviour by the Danish shipping industry.

    • 14 min.
    06: They Killed Dulcie - Woman in Exile

    06: They Killed Dulcie - Woman in Exile

    Podcast: They Killed Dulcie - Episode 6: Woman in Exile
    Episode 6.

    Dulcie September’s life was shaped by struggle against injustice. As a freedom fighter, she boldly confronted gender based discrimination, even amongst her allies.

    In this episode we take a deeper look at the discrimination Dulcie September’s experienced and reflect on the experiences of women in the struggle for South Africa’s freedom. We hear from writers and thinkers and fighters.

    Dulcie Septembers role in the struggle has been erased by many. The same can be said of the apartheid supporting Belgian businessman, banker and politician André Vlerick. He was at the centre of the arms money machine – yet his legacy is still celebrated today. We walk the streets in Belgian and ask why?

    If you haven’t heard the first five episodes of the podcast you can find them here.

    • 31 min.
    05: They Killed Dulcie - The Arms Money Machine

    05: They Killed Dulcie - The Arms Money Machine

    For almost two decades starting in the 1970’s the South African embassy in Paris was the centre of a large scale sanctions busting operation. It was connected to the arms dealers, spies and banks that formed part of the arms money machine. In episode five They Killed Dulcie, we find out if this top secret operation was connected to the murder of Dulcie September.

    On the banks of the river Seine, the South African embassy in Paris was a common site for anti-apartheid demonstrations. Unbeknownst to the activists outside, an entire floor of the embassy housed Armscor staff running a sophisticated sanctions busting operation. They armed the apartheid security forces to the teeth. Moving the cash to buy guns required the complicity of powerful European banks who profited from their role in the arms money machine.

    The evidence suggests that Dulcie September was investigating parts of this sinister machinery shortly before her murder. If she had succeeded the consequence would have been dire for plutocrats, bankers, and politicians alike.

    They Killed Dulcie is made by Sound Africa and Open Secrets. They are supported by: The Claude Leon Foundation; Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa; Joffe Charitable Trust; Luminate; Open Society Foundations & Open Society Foundation for South Africa and Hindenburg Systems.

    • 29 min.
    04: They Killed Dulcie - Prisons of the Past

    04: They Killed Dulcie - Prisons of the Past

    In the fourth episode of the podcast They Killed Dulcie, the time has come to look at the evidence. What was Dulcie investigating when she was killed? We dust off archival documents found by Open Secrets that provide important clues.

    These documents once buried in archives across the world help us understand the secret network of intelligence agents, arms dealers and bankers, who made their fortunes by arming and sustaining the apartheid government.

    We also find Dulcie September's personal notes not seized by intelligence agencies and double agents. Through scribbles and notes we begin to understand how Dulcie was investigating the murky networks of apartheid profiteers which for far too long have remained unexposed.

    If Dulcie was trying to expose the illicit arms trade connecting South Africa and countries like France was this the reason that an assassin was ordered to have her “removed from the equation?”

    • 28 min.
    03: They Killed Dulcie - Double Agents

    03: They Killed Dulcie - Double Agents

    In the third episode of “They Killed Dulcie,” we delve into the world of informants and double agents and how the apartheid security forces used them to infiltrate the liberation movements in South Africa and abroad. It remains a sensitive topic in South African politics today – some comrades were also collaborators.

    Following the assassination of Dulcie September in Paris in 1988, the ANC moved swiftly to install a new man in her old job. Solly Smith, also known as Samuel Khanyile, was to continue Dulcie’s work. But Solly Smith served two masters who were at war with one another.

    Was a double agent placed in her office immediately after her murder to undo all her work in investigating the sinister world of politicians, spies, arms dealers and bankers?

    This was not the first time that Dulcie September was in the proximity of a double agent. In the 1960’s she and her comrades were arrested following the infiltration of the National Liberation Front by a police agent.

    They Killed Dulcie is made by Sound Africa and Open Secrets. They are supported by: The Claude Leon Foundation; Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa; The Joffe Charitable Trust; Luminate; Open Society Foundations & Open Society Foundation for South Africa and Hindenburg Systems.

    • 31 min.

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