Ahmed Timol inquest continues in Pretoria

2017-07-26 05:22
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WATCH: Essop Pahad takes stand in Ahmed Timol inquest

2017-07-25 11:03

The second inquest into anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol’s death at John Vorster Square in 1971 is continuing in the High Court in Pretoria today.WATCH

Pretoria – The second inquest into anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol’s death at the hands of security branch police in 1971 is set to continue in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Timol's death, on October 27, 1971, was ruled a suicide following an inquest in 1972.

However, a private investigation commissioned by his family uncovered new evidence which was presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, and the inquest was reopened.

His loved ones refuse to believe that he jumped from the 10th floor of John Vorster Square (now Johannesburg Central police station) while security police were interrogating him.

On Tuesday, former minister in the presidency Essop Pahad told the court Timol would never have committed suicide.

"Committing suicide was not, and has never been, the policy of the SACP [South African Communist Party] or the ANC. In our last discussion, we agreed that Ahmed should not commit suicide."

Pahad said Islam prohibited suicide and Timol was a Muslim.

"It is my understanding that if Muslim people commit suicide, they cannot be buried in a Muslim burial ground. In my view, Ahmed would not have committed suicide for this reason."

Since the inquest began, several witnesses have told the court that they believe Timol was pushed.

On Monday, Stephanie Kemp, 76, an SACP and ANC member, told the inquest that Timol was the 22nd person to die in detention since 1963, without a trial having started.

Most detainees were said to have committed suicide.


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