The families of the three South African agents that are serving life
sentences for an apartheid-era attack on ANC offices in Zimbabwe are still
battling to bring them back. One of the men, Kevin Woods, has a heart condition
and is in need of urgent medical care.
Kevin Woods is said to be in need of
urgent medical care
Woods, Phillip Conjwayo and Mike
Smith are being held at Zimbabwe's Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison. They were
jailed for the 1988 car bomb in Bulawayo, which killed a Zambian. Clinton,
Wood's son, is 25 and can hardly remember what his father looks like. "The last
time I saw my father was 16 years ago...It (his release) is long overdue," he
The task to get the three released is a difficult one. So far
Nelson Mandela, the former president, and President Thabo Mbeki have both
failed. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the Western Cape Premier, who visited Woods on
Friday, says: "Everybody else's case had been dealt with...people have been
granted amnesty...they are not free our government agrees that we must close
this chapter of the past."
It is nevertheless up to President Robert
Mugabe to release the three. He has been under pressure to do so for years, but
there are few signs that he will bow down to it.