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Mornlng at 5051008,residing No 7 OleaCresenl, DE l, MAFTHTNUS WETJACOBS,lD 550605 voluntarily underoathas follows: declare Vlew,beingan adultmaledo hereby HillBedford

in from Airways wasstationed Taipei, and for,southAfrican for I wasthe Manager Talwan on relates the'Helderberg'accident to 1990. Thisatfidavit 19g7untilDecember March 1987. 28 November during Taipelto Johannesburg frorn of numerous consignm6nts lropical{ish SAAconveyed and were from Singapore originated in my term of employment Taipei. All shipments heavyduty in to via shlpped Taipei Johannesburg.The fishwerecor'rveyed transparent pur6oxygen lastfor the duration to plastic filledwithwaterto whlchenough bags,partially boxes, ln and placod cardboard had beenadded. Thebagswerethensealed of thaflight, with regardto the SAA regulations livestock. All relevant as and conveyed labelled beingaccepted cargo. as withpriorto livestock had of conveyance livestock to be complied as be that it ln termsof the said regulations was important all livestock declared livestock by of and on the cargomanifest, that the captain the flightwas to be notified way of the of a flight. All conslgnments of before departure his whichrequired signature, loadsheet cargohold5 (bulkhold)as wasstandard fish tropical wereto be loadedin the pressurised on whichwereto be loaded the upper (with exceptibn largeanimals, of the for all livestock, deckof the7478Combiaircratt). are live Talpeiairportmovestons of live fish, especially eels,to Japan. All shipments and loaded of described above. Anyshipment livefishnot packed packed and loadedas and suspicion lwould havebeeninformed. have wouldimmediatety aroused as above, and of cargomanifest loadsheet the ill'fated of I am in possession a copy of the original 'Helderberg' 'tropical doeenot appear anyof lhe documents. on and fish' was aboardthe had never 'gone missirtg' the originalmanifesl The cargo manifest departure a of before SAAprocedure as was standard but Heldorb6rg, at least15 copies, was made. flight,
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was of to were visited verifythatthe nature tlrecargotransported indeedas Despatchers indlcated the cargomanifest. on pre' 1987to oversee of at I was personally Taipeiairporton the ovening 27 November practise tholineof my dutiea. At approximately in as formalities, wasthe normal departure andTokyo lromSeoul that flighls staf{, their Airways Pacific by 20:00, wasirrformed Cathay I to airport werediverted Khaoshiung airporl. Bothllights due weredelayed to fog at Taipei that in Taipeiat 21:00. lthen established we had in excess to and wereoxpected irrive of in passengers those two flightsand declded, the interest SAA on of S0 connecting Uys flight. I sawCaptain Uys from Captain to delayour passengers, obtainpermission to

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and his cockpit crewin the Operations Roomat the airport where theywerereceiving their pre-flight whichincluded weather briefing reports, flightplaninformation and discussed etc, with him the request a possibledelay. He agreedthat the numberof connecting for passengers, morethan50, warranted delay,but of no morethan2 hours. a
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At no stage Captain express concern did Uys any aboutthecargoor anything boardthe on Helderberg. In fact he told me that he had boughta bicyclein Taipeifor his child for Christmas. alsotold me that he wouldliketo visitAustralia March1988, He in and asked my assistance gettinghim a ticketfrom Hong Kongto Sydney. At no stagedid he in mention appear be concerned or to aboutanything boardthe flight. I againsaw him on in the cockpitsoon beforedeparture, whilehe was signing loadsheet, he did not the and mention showany concern or whatsoever aboutcargoor anything elseon board. I saidgoodbye themand closedthe door of the aircraft. Theflightthendeparted. to

ITS AND THISSTATEMENT UNDERSTAND CONTENTS. I HAVEREAD OATH. THE PRESCRIBED TO I HAVENO OBJECTION TAKING ON TO THE I CONSIDER OATH BE BINDING MY CONSCIENCE. SO IS OF THATTHECONTENTS THISSTATEMENT TRUE, HELPME GOD. I SWEAR

THISAFFIDAVIT THE ADULTUNDERSTANDS STATEMENT. THEDEPONENT THAT I CERTIFY VIEW AT SIGNEDIT IN MY PRESENCE BEDFORD ME IS SOWRNBEFORE ANDTHE DEPONENT ON

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