AS IT HAPPENED: Inspection of scene of Ahmed Timol's death

2017-06-27 14:30

Following Salim Essop's testimony at the inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, the court is now conducting an in loco inspection of the scene where Timol plunged to his death.

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'They will answer to God' - Ahmed Timol’s brother 

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol’s younger brother Mohammed on Monday said he believed that the surviving security police, who detained his brother in 1971, now had a second chance to tell the truth about his mysterious death.

"We will not know who was responsible for his interrogation and his death, until the security police from the old government are prepared to redeem themselves because sooner or later they are going to die, if they are still alive.

"If they believe in God, they will answer to God. This is what my mother said during the TRC. She said, 'I want to know what happened to my child? I want to know who was responsible for killing him and if I cannot get it in this world, those that are responsible will have to answer to God'."

Speaking outside the High Court in Johannesburg during the first sitting of the inquiry looking into Timol’s death, Mohammed, who is younger by seven years, said the reopening of the inquiry meant a great deal, even if it was 45 years after his death.

Timol’s death was ruled a suicide in 1972, however a private investigation launched by Timol's family uncovered new evidence which it presented to the NPA, asking for the inquest to be reopened. The NPA agreed. 

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Court officials at the Johannesburg Central Police Station, previously known as John Vorster Square. 

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According to counsel for the Timol family, Advocate Howard Varney, there are two witnesses – one who wants the media present, and another who does not. 

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Court adjourns until 10:00 tomorrow. The in loco inspection of the scene of Timol's death will take place at 14:00 today. 

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Court is back in session. 

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Human rights lawyer George Bizos in attendance at the Ahmed Timol inquest. (Amanda Khoza/News24)

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Court adjourns for a short break. 

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