The Lockerbie Bombing Apartheid Conspiracy

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
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1988 was an important time in the history of South Africa with more and more countries implementing sanctions against the Apartheid government to try and pressure them into changing their policies. Rivalries between guerilla forces and the South African Defence Force (SADF) and the South African Police Force (SAPF) escalated resulting in fatalities and casualties on both sides. This was also the year of the killing of senior ANC member Dulcie September in Paris, March 1988. Before her assassination she had been investigating the trafficking of nuclear weapons between France and South Africa.  

Another incident formed part of a major news story, namely, the Lockerbie Bombing on the 21st of December, 1988. 270 people flying on the Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York were killed after the plane exploded during flight over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. Despite several groups claiming that they were behind the act of terrorism, Libyan intelligence officer and head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines (LAA), Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was convicted of the bombing.

Amongst the people who were killed was Bernt Carlsson, UN High Commissioner for Namibia.

Bernt Carlsson

A noteworthy point would be that representatives of South Africa, United States of America, Angola and Cuba met in May of the same year. The meeting was about searching for a solution to the Angolan war and independence for Namibia from South Africa. The killing of the UN High Commissioner would seem to be an act of defiance against discussions towards independence in Namibia. The Commissioner was on his way to the UN signing of the Tripartite Accord which would grant independence to Namibia and end the direct involvement of foreign troops in the Angolan Civil War. Interestingly, Carlsson had links with the ANC.

Oliver Tambo

On the 14th of March, 1982 he tipped off the then ANC president, Oliver Tambo not to attend a meeting in the London offices of the ANC which were bombed by one of Carlsson’s compatriots on the same day.

The main antagonist to countries finding independence in Southern Africa was actually the South African government at the time. They believed that this independence would allow blocs of resistance in the region to strengthen their support, both economically and militarily, for the freedom struggle in South Africa.

It comes as a strange coincidence to know that senior South African officials were booked on the flight. These individuals included foreign affairs minister, Pik Botha, defence minister, Magnus Malan and military intelligence head CJ van Tonder. The men were well-known for their ties and loyalty to the apartheid government of South Africa.

Pik Botha

Shortly before the plane was due to take-off they cancelled their booking for the flight and booked themselves an earlier flight to New York. This led to great suspicion that the Apartheid government in South Africa somehow had a part to play in the bombing.

Magnus Malan

The fact that Bernt Carlsson had been helpful to the president of the ANC (Oliver Tambo) on a number of previous occasions provides possible ascription of motive for assassination to the apartheid government in that the ANC were one of their greatest political enemies. What is the reason behind their last minute change in booking? Is it not conceivable to assume that they knew about the plan to bomb the plane? They were after all travelling with both the military head of intelligence and the defence minister of a country that was in perpetual war… Why was no significant form of investigation done into this matter? Another puzzle in the quagmires of history left unresolved…

  1. I am obliged to former De Beers employee, Gordon Brown(, for letting me have the following chapter and verse on the booking of Pik Botha’s flight from Heathrow to JFK on 21 December 1988:

    “In answer to your e-mailed question of 22 February 2010, the [South African] member of parliament referred to is retired liberal opposition MP Colin Eglin of the Democratic Party (now well into his 80s).

    “In a letter to a British Lockerbie victim’s family dated 18 July 1996, Mr Eglin wrote of questions he had put to South African Justice Minister Dullah Omar in the National Assembly in June 1996.

    “On 5 June 1996, Mr Eglin had asked Mr Omar if Mr Pik Botha and his entourage ‘had any plans to travel on this flight (Pan Am Flight 103) or had reservations for this flight; if so, why were the plans changed?’

    “In reply in the National Assembly on 12 June 1996, Justice Minister Omar stated he had been informed by the former minister of foreign affairs (Pik Botha) that shortly before finalising their booking arrangements for travel from Heathrow to New York, they learned of an earlier flight from London to New York: namely, Pan Am Flight 101.

    “They consequently were booked and travelled on this flight to New York.

    “Mr Eglin went on to write in his letter to the Lockerbie victim’s family: ‘Since then I have done some more informal prodding. This has led me to the person who made the reservations on behalf of the South African foreign minister Pik Botha and his entourage. This person assures me that he and no-one else was responsible for the reservations, and the reservation made in South Africa for the South African group was originally made on PA 101, departing London at 11:00 on 21 December 1988. It was never made on PA 103 and consequently was never changed. He made the reservation on PA 101 because it was the most convenient flight connecting with [South African Airways] flight SA 234 arriving at Heathrow at 07:20 on 21 December 1988.

    “Mr Eglin gave the victim’s family the assurance that he had ‘every reason to trust the person referred to’ since he had been given a copy of ‘rough working notes and extracts from his personal diary of those days.’

    “In his letter Mr Eglin wrote: ‘In the circumstances, I have to accept that an assertion that the reservations of the South African group were either made or changed as a result of warnings that might have been received, is not correct’.”

    Additional information received from Gordon Brown convinces me that both Iran and apartheid South Africa were behind the Lockerbie bombing (see

    • Mark J. Lee says:

      Respectfully Sir But the Hon Mr Gordon Brown is making assumptions which cannot possibly be true! in fact the Iranian and previous ‘Apartheid regime were absolutely opposed to each other. There would have been no collusion between SA and IRAN. With regard to the bombing of Pan AM flight 103. At the time SA was allied with Israel and had strong if unoffical links to the USA and Western powers.

      In fact it is the’New Elite of the present regime ANC/SACP/COSATU tripartite alliance Pres, Jacob D. Zuma down.who are in cahoots with Iran and may have passed nuclear wepons technology to Ahmedinejhad and his cronies. I refer you to the following:

  2. Emlyn Pearce says:

    A small correction: the photograph you have labelled as “Pik” Botha is in fact PW Botha, who was President of South Africa and is no relation to the then-foreign minister. A photograph of “Pik” Botha is here:

  3. Propoganda says:


    London – Scottish prosecutors on Thursday said they had identified two new Libyan suspects in the bombing of a Pan Am jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, which killed 270 people.

    Scottish and United States officials agree “there is a proper basis in law… to treat two Libyans as suspects in the continuing investigation into the bombing of flight Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie,” according to a statement released by prosecutors.

    “The two individuals are suspected of involvement, along with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi,” it added.

    Megrahi was found guilty of the bombing in 2001. He is the only person ever convicted of the crime.

    Scotland’s lead prosecutor on Thursday issued an International Letter of Request to the Libyan attorney general in Tripoli, which identifies the suspects and calls for co-operation.

    “The Lord Advocate and the US Attorney General are seeking the assistance of the Libyan judicial authorities for Scottish police officers and the FBI to interview the two named suspects in Tripoli,” the statement said.

    The Scottish government released Megrahi on compassionate grounds in 2009 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died in Libya in 2012 still protesting his innocence.

    Libya admitted responsibility for the bombing in 2003 and the regime of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi eventually paid $2.7bn in compensation to victims’ families as part of a raft of measures aimed at a rapprochement with the West.

    Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, British and US detectives have travelled to Libya to investigate whether other perpetrators can be identified.

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