About

My name is John Gold and I am an aspiring South African filmmaker. I studied English and Drama at UCT before moving back to Joburg to begin working as a copywriter for a small advertising agency.

I am a big fan of science fiction and horror and am currently in the process of trying to make my first feature film. Most of my best creative ideas start by taking something grounded in reality and then asking : “What if?”

I started Secret South Africa as a side project to keep me busy while I finish off my latest script. But from what I’ve come across so far, I’m starting to believe that the truth can be stranger than fiction.

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  1. Kgopotso Chaba says:

    I like your blog man and it is full of interesting articles. Please bring more staff, I can believe your last blog is over a year old when you write with such passion

  2. Proudly South African says:

    You are a fucking idiot. You should stay off the weed….that is obviously fuelling your paranoia and bias towards your fellow South Africans.

    Fuck you and all the other rich, privileged white, English speaking UCT wankers. You dont carr about facts and truth, it is all abou being PC……Idiots that cant think for themselves, meaning half of the US, population, might stumble on your hikarious site and believe your drug induced drivel.

    You sure give Apartheid a lot of credit, assasinating world leaders, causing disasters etc. But yet, you and yout inbred family gained as much from Apartheid as a right wing person probably did.

    Fuck you you little fuck nut.

  3. Bulldust says:

    Bollocks

    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.

  4. Bias much ? says:

    A pivotal, renowned, and polarizing figure domestically as well as in international politics since the 1960s, Palme was steadfast in his non-alignment policy towards the superpowers, accompanied by support for numerous third world liberation movements following decolonization including, most controversially, economic and vocal support for a number of Third World governments which were guilty of gross violations of human rights.

    Yugoslavian connection
    In January 2011 the German magazine Focus cited official German interrogation records in connection with another investigation from 2008 as showing that the assassination had been carried out by an operative of the Yugoslavian security service.[11][12]
    “The 33-year-old”
    A Swedish extremist, Victor Gunnarsson (labeled in the media 33-åringen, “the 33-year-old”), was soon arrested for the murder but quickly released, after a dispute between the police and prosecuting attorneys. Gunnarsson had connections to various extremist groups, among these the European Workers Party, the Swedish branch of the LaRouche Movement.[13] Pamphlets hostile to Palme from the party were found in his home outside Stockholm.
    Gunnarsson later moved to the United States of America, where he was later murdered by his girlfriend’s ex-fiancé. Acquaintances of Gunnarsson stated that he had admitted murdering Palme.
    PKK
    Hans Holmér, the Stockholm police commissioner, followed up an intelligence lead passed to him (supposedly by Bertil Wedin) and arrested a number of Kurds living in Sweden, after allegations that one of their organisations, the PKK, was responsible for the murder. The lead proved inconclusive however and ultimately led to Holmér’s removal from the Palme murder investigation. Fifteen years later, in April 2001, a team of Swedish police officers went to interview PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in a Turkish prison about Öcalan’s allegations that a dissident Kurdish group, led by his ex-wife, murdered Palme.[15] The police team’s visit proved futile.
    In 2007, renewed allegations of PKK complicity in Palme’s assassination surfaced in Turkish media during the Ergenekon investigation, which was ongoing as of October 2008.[16]
    The Turkish newspapers have claimed many times that the PKK admitted the murder but the PKK have always denied claims. In 1998, the PKK said that there is a strong indication that the Turkish side is trying to discredit the PKK. Also many Kurdish organisations believe that the claims were propaganda of the Turkish government.
    Christer Pettersson

    In December 1988, almost three years after Palme’s death, Christer Pettersson, a criminal, drug user and alcoholic, who had previously been imprisoned for manslaughter, was arrested for the murder of Palme. Picked out by Mrs Palme at a lineup as the killer, Pettersson was tried and convicted of the murder, but was later acquitted on appeal to the High Court. Pettersson’s appeal succeeded for three main reasons:
    • Failure of the prosecution to produce the murder weapon;
    • Lack of a clear motive for the killing;
    • Doubts about the reliability of Mrs Palme’s testimony and “extremely gross errors” by the police in arranging the lineup.
    Additional evidence against Pettersson surfaced in the late 1990s, mostly coming from various petty criminals who altered their stories but also from a confession made by Pettersson. The chief prosecutor, Agneta Blidberg, considered re-opening the case. But she acknowledged that a confession alone would not be sufficient, saying:
    He must say something about the weapon because the appeals court set that condition in its ruling. That is the only technical evidence that could be cited as a reason to re-open the case.
    While the legal case against Pettersson therefore remains closed, the police file on the investigation cannot be closed until both murder weapon and murderer are found. Christer Pettersson died on September 29, 2004, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage caused by a fall during an epileptic seizure.
    According to a documentary programme broadcast on the Swedish television channel SVT in February 2006, associates of Pettersson claimed that he had confessed to them his role in the murder, but with the explanation that it was a case of mistaken identity. Allegedly, Pettersson had intended to kill Sigvard Cedergren, a drug dealer who customarily walked along the same street at night and resembled Palme both in appearance and dress. The programme also suggested there was greater police awareness than previously acknowledged because of surveillance of drug activity in the area. The police had several officers in apartments and cars along those few blocks of Sveavägen but, 45 minutes before the murder, the police monitoring ceased. In the light of these revelations, Swedish police undertook to review Palme’s case and Pettersson’s role. Writing in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter of February 28, 2006 other SVT reporters scathingly criticized the TV documentary, alleging that the filmmaker had fabricated a number of statements while omitting other contradictory evidence, in particular his chief source’s earlier testimony that could not be reconciled with his claim to have seen the shooting.
    South Africa
    On 21 February 1986 — a week before he was murdered — Palme made the keynote address to the Swedish People’s Parliament Against Apartheid held in Stockholm, attended by hundreds of anti-apartheid sympathizers as well as leaders and officials from the ANC and the Anti-Apartheid Movement such as Oliver Tambo. In the address, Palme said, “Apartheid cannot be reformed, it has to be eliminated.”
    Ten years later, towards the end of September 1996, Colonel Eugene de Kock, a former South African police officer, gave evidence to the Supreme Court in Pretoria, alleging that Palme had been shot and killed in 1986 because he “strongly opposed the apartheid regime and Sweden made substantial contributions to the ANC”.[20][21] De Kock went on to claim he knew the person responsible for Palme’s murder. He alleged it was Craig Williamson, a former police colleague and a South African spy. A few days later, Brigadier Johannes Coetzee, who used to be Williamson’s boss, identified Anthony White, a former Rhodesian Selous Scout with links to the South African security services, as Palme’s actual murderer. Then a third person, Swedish mercenary Bertil Wedin, living in Northern Cyprus since 1985, was named as the killer by Peter Caselton, a member of Coetzee’s assassination squad known as Operation LongreachThe following month, in October 1996, Swedish police investigators visited South Africa, but were unable to uncover evidence to substantiate de Kock’s claims.
    A book that was published in 2007 suggested that a high-ranking Civil Cooperation Bureau operative, Athol Visser (or ‘Ivan the Terrible’), was responsible for planning and carrying out Olof Palme’s assassination.
    The 8 September 2010 edition of Efterlyst, Sweden’s equivalent of BBC TV’s Crimewatch programme, was co-hosted by Tommy Lindström, who was the head of Swedish CID at the time of Olof Palme’s assassination. After being asked by Efterlyst’s host Hasse Aro who he believed was behind the assassination of the Prime Minister, Lindström without hesitating pointed to apartheid South Africa as the number one suspect. And the motive for this, he said, was to stop the payments (financed by Soviet Union) that the Swedish government secretly paid, through Switzerland, to the African National Congress.
    Bofors and Indian connection
    In his 2005 book Blood on the Snow: The Killing of Olof Palme historian Jan Bondeson advanced a theory that Palme’s murder was linked with arms trades to India. Bondeson’s book meticulously recreated the assassination and its aftermath, and suggested that Palme had used his friendship with Rajiv Gandhi to secure a SEK 8.4 billion deal for the Swedish armaments company Bofors to supply the Indian Army with howitzers. However, Palme did not know that behind his back Bofors had used a shady company called AE Services — nominally based in Guildford, Surrey, England — to bribe Indian government officials to conclude the deal i.e. the Bofors scandal.
    Bondeson alleged that on the morning he was assassinated, Palme had met with the Iraqi ambassador to Sweden, Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf. The two discussed Bofors, which al-Sahhaf knew well because of its arms sales during the Iran–Iraq War. Bondeson suggested that the ambassador had told Palme about Bofors’ activities, infuriating Palme. Bondeson theorised that Palme’s murder might have been inadvertently triggered by his conversation with the ambassador, if either the Bofors arms dealers or the middlemen working through AE Services had a prearranged plan to silence the Prime Minister should he discover the truth and the deal with India become threatened. According to Bondeson, Swedish police suppressed vital MI6 intelligence about a Bofors/AE Services deal with India.
    Roberto Thieme
    The Swedish journalist Anders Leopold, in his 2008 book Det svenska trädet skall fällas (“The Swedish Tree Shall Be Brought Down”), makes the case that the Chilean fascist Roberto Thieme killed Olof Palme. Thieme was head of the most militant wing of Patria y Libertad, a far-right political organization, financed by the U.S. CIA. According to Leopold, Palme was killed because he had liberally given asylum to so many leftist Chileans following the coup that overthrew Salvador Allende in 1973.
    Police conspiracy[edit]
    In an article in the German weekly Die Zeit from March 1995, Klaus-Dieter Knapp presented his view of the assassination as a result of a conspiracy among Swedish right-wing extremist police officers. According to this report, the murderer was identified by two witnesses who happened to be at the scene and who knew the murderer from previous encounters.

    The CIA and P2 connection
    Another plot sees the involvement of the CIA and the Italian masonic lodge Propaganda Due leaded by Licio Gelli who wrote, in a telegram to Philip Guarino, that “the Swedish tree will be felled”.
    Other theories
    John Ausonius, “the Laser Man”, also known as John Stannerman, was initially one of the suspects but it turned out that Ausonius had a solid alibi, as he was imprisoned on the night Palme was shot.
    Trowbridge H Ford, a former US army intelligence agent now living in Stockholm, among other bloggers, theorizes that Palme, as the UN mediator seeking an end to the Iran-Iraq war, was assassinated because he fell afoul of Iran-Contra.

    Maybe you should be less bias en do better research ???

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