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New Inquiry into the Plane Crash that Killed Samora Machel

S is for SamoraGraeme Hosken today revealed in The Times that the Hawks are conducting a new inquiry into the plane crash that killed Mozambique’s first president, Samora Machel, in 1986.

In a separate article also published in The Times today, Katherine Child writes about how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission had called for further investigation into the cause of the plane crash after they rejected the findings of the Margo commission that blamed the crash on pilot error. According to Hosken, the Hawks’ inquiry implicates government officials and security agencies from the apartheid era.

Sarah LeFanu’s S is for Samora tells the story of Machel’s personal and political life.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s inquiry into the Samora Machel plane crash ended without clear answers and a recommendation that further investigation be attempted.

The inquiry, which began in 1998, found that “had there not been an intention to bring the aircraft down, the South African authorities could have prevented the incident”.

A Top-Secret inquiry has been launched into the plane crash that killed Mozambican president Samora Machel more than two decades ago.

The investigation by the Hawks began in earnest last month after a tip-off in January implicated apartheid-era government officials and security agencies, including the SA Defence Force, in engineering the crash.

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