Kriel's family reject Benzien attendence at memorial service
By Anele Siwa
8 July 2007
Family and friends of slain Bonteheuwel activists has slammed the African National Congress, (ANC ) for wanting to invite an apartheid-era policeman to attend the memorial service of Ashley Kriel.
Jeffrey Benzien was the man responsible for killing Kriel at a safe house in Hazendal, Athlone almost 20 years ago.
Benzien was granted amnesty by Truth and Reconciliation Commision for Kriel’s killing and torturing a number of ANC activists including former chief whip Tony Yengeni.
“The ANC has decided that 20 years since these killings and 13 years into the freedom that we are enjoying, we should celebrate the life of this son of soil of the Western Cape,” says Provincial Secretary of ANC, Mcebisi Skwatsha.
“We all know that Ashley Kriel played a supreme role in our freedom today,” says Skwatsha.
Friends, family and comrades will commemorate Kriel’s death at the Church of Resurrection in David Profit Street, Bonteheuwel on Monday at 6:30pm.