Apartheid Security Branch had a ‘killer unit’

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For the first time, Ismail Haffejee enters the cell at the Brighton Police Station where his brother, Dr Hoosen Haffejee, died in August 1977.
For the first time, Ismail Haffejee enters the cell at the Brighton Police Station where his brother, Dr Hoosen Haffejee, died in August 1977.
Thabiso Goba

During 1977 the SA Police Security Branch had a “killer unit” and would not have hesitated to act against a member who revealed information about their activities.

This was said by ex-security branch constable Mohun Gopal, at the inquest into the death of Hoosen Haffejee.

He testified in the Pietermaritzburg High Court that he “blew the whistle about the Haffejee matter” at the earliest opportunity when it was safe for him to do so at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997, 20 years after Haffejee died.

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