The apartheid enforcer known as Prime Evil has been skopped uit a literary cocktail festival as mense objected to his presence.
Eugene de Kock was asked to leave the Franschhoek Literary Festival cocktail event as some writers were “visibly upset”.
Author Lauren Beukes said some mense present were related to victims of the apartheid government’s C1 counter-insurgency unit led by De Kock.
Beukes says: “I was angry that the writers should have to leave an event celebrating them.
“I asked him if he was Eugene de Kock and he said yes, then I told him it was inappropriate that he was there and told him that people are in tears that you are here and I think you should leave.”
“He responded by saying ‘Thank you for telling me’ and he left without protest.
De Kock was granted parole last year for the murders he committed during apartheid. He had served 20 years of his two life sentences.
He had initially been sentenced to 212 years behind bars for the atrocities committed.
The Franschhoek Literary Festival said De Kock wasn’t offered an invitation.