Tuesday 24 April 2018

Anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and murdered by police

Library picture of apartheid-era Robben Island prison near Cape Town
Library picture of apartheid-era Robben Island prison near Cape Town

A South African court has found that an anti-apartheid activist who died in 1971 was tortured and killed by police.

At the time it was claimed that Ahmed Timol killed himself by jumping from a 10th-floor window.

An inquest found Mr Timol, a South African Communist Party member, was murdered after his arrest and transfer to what was then called John Vorster Square.

The Johannesburg police station was where opponents of white minority rule were often held without trial and tortured.

Judge Billy Mothle said evidence suggests Mr Timol was pushed out of a window.

Mr Mothle said two former police officers should be investigated, one for allegedly misleading the court and another for alleged perjury.

Activists said they hope the ruling leads to the examination of other apartheid-era deaths.

AP

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