Dirk Coetzee, Pretoria, 1997. Dirk was the first commander of the special 'counter-insurgency' unit at Vlakplaas. He had ordered the deaths of many African National Congress (ANC) activists, including Griffiths Mxenge. In 1989, Coetzee exposed the undercover operations of the South African Police (SAP) and lived in exile for three years afterwards. He applied to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and was granted amnesty for Mxenge's murder in August, 1997.