Daisy Farm, hidden in the middle of the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy and used by Craig Williamson and others during the late apartheid years, is being demolished systematically in rather odd circumstances.

After being alerted by neighbours who noticed tipper trucks without lights moving in and out of the area at night, local residents decided to investigate. In mid-September they surprised a gang in the process of removing building material. The police were called in and 10 men were arrested and escorted to Erasmia Police Station. Charges were laid against them on suspicion of possession of stolen property. The occupants of the two trucks did not have IDs or passports and they claimed not to know for whom they worked. The trucks have been impounded.

In July two officials from PHRA-G (Provincial Heritage Resource Authority-Gauteng) were taken by the RNC to visit Daisy Farm with a view to having it officially declared a heritage site since it is a very specific part of South African history. This opportunity may be lost – there is not much left of the original buildings.

During Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in the '90s it emerged that the security forces planned to capture and imprison Joe Slovo in a basement cell at Daisy Farm and Craig Williamson admitted that they referred to this basement as “Slovo’s Suite”. Daisy Farm was also the place where the security forces brought captured FNLA and SWAPO forces for "turning". During the 1980s members of the Rhodesian Selous Scouts used it as a base.

Daisy Farm being dismantled


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