The first inquest finding into Hoosen Haffejee’s death ‘patent drivel’

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Hoosen Haffejee's sister, Sarah, hopes the investigation will bring closure to the family.
Hoosen Haffejee's sister, Sarah, hopes the investigation will bring closure to the family.
Nhlanhla Nkosi

The first inquest finding by magistrate Trevor Blunden in 1978 that dentist, Dr Hoosen Haffejee committed suicide “makes for pitiful reading”.

This was said by advocate Howard Varney in his opening address at the renewed inquest into Hafejee’s 1977 death in police detention. The inquest is being held in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Varney said the evidence will show that the security branch had to come up with an explanation for the nearly 50 injuries discovered on Haffejee.

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