While researching Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, Open Secrets collected approximately 40,000 archival documents from 25 archives in seven countries containing damning details of the individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return. Many of these documents were kept secret until now, and most remain hidden despite South Africa’s transition to democracy. In line with our belief that this information should be available to be scrutinised by the public, we released this series of articles on Daily Maverick and News24 which looked at the documents that informed the book.
5. André Vlerick, banker and bigot
Here we profile the Belgian banker, André Vlerick, who was central to Pretoria’s relationship with one of its staunchest arms sanctions busting allies: Kredietbank.
20. A president, a billionaire, and the bounty hunters
In this final piece of the series, we show how a group of individuals have continued to seek to profit today from the crimes of the past.