Ecstasy Produced for 'Riot Control' in South Africa According to Reuters, on June 9 1998 a former South African government scientist told South Africa's Truth Commission that in the final days of apartheid the government ordered its chemists to make one tonne of ecstasy, for 'riot control'. The scientist, Dr Johan Koekemoer, former head of chemical and biological weapons research at the secret Delta G facility, told the commission that he did not approve of the project and did not trust the motives of those who asked him to make the ecstasy, saying 'I did not believe ecstasy was a good incapacitant and I told my superiors that... ecstasy enhances interpersonal relationships. I told Dr Mijburgh [overall chief of Delta G] I did not want to kiss my enemy'. He personally delivered the ecstasy, in powder form, to Mijburgh between February 1992 and January 1993. More details on the case from a correspondent in South Africa:' At the moment, there is an ongoing commission of inquiry being held into the activities of the secret service during the apartheid years.

The last few days of the inquiry have lifted the lid on the activities of a clandestine government laboratory called the Roodeplaat Research Laboratory. Evidence presented by former lab employees at the commission of inquiry this week, reveal that the laboratory produced all sorts of exotic poisons for use against anti-apartheid activists. These included cyanide, thallium, botulism and paraquat - and, wait for it, ecstasy. According to evidence presented this week, between February 1992 and January 1993, no less than 912 kg of Ecstasy 'in pure crystalline form' was manufactured by the laboratory. Working on a tab dosage of say 125 mrs, that's enough E for 73 million hits! The evidence being presented to the commission is that the E was going to be used to 'incapacitate the enemy'.

The shadowy figure behind the E production was the former head of the army special operations called Wouter Bass on who is now facing criminal charges for being in possession of E a year or two back. The evidence presented in court was that he was having the E manufactured for 'incapacitating the enemy', but the word is that he was was producing it for international distribution in order to make himself a whole lot of money. In fact, quite a bit of this E turned up last year amongst the local rave community. It came in brown capsules and was judged to be 'very good stuff'.