Inquest finds anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timor was murdered

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 12, 2017

The public gallery of courtroom 2-D was packed to capacity with members of South African Communist Party in attendance.

He found that the now deceased security policemen, Captains Hans Gloy and Faan van Niekerk, had not only brutally tortured him, but also murdered him with intent in the form of dolus eventualis.

Forensic Pathologist Dr Shakeera Holland talks to Human Rights lawyer George Bizos and Salim Essop during the inquest into Ahmed Timol's death at the North Gauteng High Court on July 26 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Judge Motlhe found that Rodrigues was an accessory after the fact to the murder and recommended that he be investigated for murder and perjury.

He noted that the reopening of Timol's inquest was the first of its kind.

The judge says the way his death was investigated reveals a clear cover-up by the security branch.

He said all members of the professions had a duty to see to it that no further persons were tortured in this country.

Judge Billy Mothle said evidence suggests Timol was pushed out of the window. He was suspected of being behind a successful campaign to spread SACP and ANC pamphlets all over South Africa. However, a private investigation commissioned by his family uncovered new evidence which was presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, and the inquest was reopened.

"Consequently‚ the key police witnesses who would have been called to testify again in regard to the events preceding the fall were not available".

Judge Motlhe commended for their courage the numerous former political detainees who testified in horrifying detail about their own torture at the hands of the apartheid-era security police.

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