As John Vorster Square was being planned, the apartheid security police, which would come to occupy the ninth and tenth floors of the building, argued successfully that these floors would need unique features. Read through the correspondence to find out what these unique features were, and have a look at a floorplan of the ninth floor.
View an image of the letter to the Quartermaster, dated June 17, 1965.
View an image of the floorplan of the infamous ninth floor.
Transcript of letter from Divisional Headquarters to the Quartermaster, Pretoria, dated June 17, 1965
JOHANNESBURG: DIVISIONAL AND DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS: THIRD PORTION: LIFTS
SAP/J. 10A DATED 17.6.65
1. The security measures contained in the proposals in paragraphs 1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 are agreed to, as are the proposals in paragraphs 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 of the minute dated 16.6.65 from the Secretary of Public Works.
2. Additional security measures now asked for are >
(a) Security grills are also to be provided at all points of entry from the 8th to the 9th floors;
(b) A cubicle measuring 10' x 6' with bulletproof glassfront and door and facing the lifts on the 10th floor must be provided at the expense of that amount of floor space of the proposed general office. This office to have sight into both lifts;
(c) The two security lifts to have compulsory stops at the 9th floor and to be operated manually and remotely from there to the 10th, 11th and 12th floors by the security officer in the cubicle mentioned in 2(b) above. (This will ensure that everybody including maintenance personnel who proceed beyond the 8th floor are scrutinized by the security officer in the cubicle);
(d) The door in the passage leading to the offices of the security police on the 9th floor is to be operated manually and remotely by the security officer in the cubicle. This will ensure that no person enters or leaves the floor without scrutiny. A bell system from inside the door to the cubicle to be supplied to notify the cubicle officer when to open the door to allow exit. (The system of remote control to be so devised as to be discontinued for any specific time at the whim of the Officer in Charge, Security Branch.)
- Memo to "Quartermaster", SAP/J. 10a, June 17 1965, South African Police Archives