Timol investigation to be finalised by end of year - Hawks

2017-10-25 12:46
Ahmed Timol, a 29-year-old Roodepoort teacher and anti-apartheid activist who fell from the 10th floor of the security police building in Johannesburg in 1971. (Supplied)

Ahmed Timol, a 29-year-old Roodepoort teacher and anti-apartheid activist who fell from the 10th floor of the security police building in Johannesburg in 1971. (Supplied)

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WATCH: Judge rules Ahmed Timol was murdered

2017-10-12 10:50

Judge Billy Mothle is delivering his judgment in the inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol. Watch the stream above. WATCH

Johannesburg – The Hawks confirmed on Wednesday that they have started a murder investigation after a judge ruled that anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, who died in police custody 46 years ago, was killed and did not commit suicide.

Timol, 29, was arrested in Johannesburg in October 1971 and died five days later when he plummeted from the 10th-floor of the city's police headquarters.

Officers said at the time he took his own life - a verdict that was endorsed by an inquest in 1972 but finally overturned by a court earlier this month after a decades-long campaign by his family.

"An investigation has already started," Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the Hawks elite police unit, told AFP.

"The investigation will be finalised by the end of the year hopefully."

READ MORE: NPA to open dockets against those implicated in Timol murder cover-up

The judge who delivered the new ruling called for security branch officer Joao Rodrigues, who was accused of helping cover up the murder, to be prosecuted.

But he also acknowledged that the men who were directly responsible have since died.

The landmark case revived memories of apartheid police brutality and led to new calls for justice over dozens of activists who died in police detention under apartheid rule.

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