Advocate Anton Lubowski secretary-general of the SWAPO is assassinated

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Anton Lubowski

Tuesday, 12 September 1989

Advocate Anton Lubowski (37), secretary-general of the South West African People's Organisation (Swapo), was shot dead at close range with an AK47 rifle outside his luxury home in Windhoek, South West Africa (now Namibia). The Civil Co-Operation Bureau (CCB) was held responsible for the assassination of Lubowski.

The accusations leveled against the CCB were confirmed by Judge Harold Levy of the Namibian Supreme Court, when he concluded that the CCB conspired to murder Lubowski. Judge Levy's report named as accomplices CCB members Joe Verster, Staal Burger, Abraham 'Slang' van Zyl, Calla Botha, Leon 'Chappie' Maree, Johan Niemoller junior, Captain Wouter Basson (aka Christo Britz), Ferdi Barnard and Charles Wildschudt (formerly Neelse).

Judge Levy's report was corroborated by a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, which dismissed claims, made by General Magnus Malan, that Lubowski was a paid informant for the South African Military Intelligence (SAMI).

Further reading:

TRC testimony of Lubowski's family members. Website: doj.gov.za. 24 April 1996.

The assassination of Anton Lubowski. Searchlight Magazine website

NB: Some of the information was taken from Namibian.com.na, but that link is broken.

References:
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
• TRC, (1996) 'Testimonies:Wilfried Lubowski', [online], available at www.justice.gov.za (Accessed: 11 September 2013) 

Last updated : 11-Sep-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011