JOHANNESBURG – Ahmed Timol’s family has welcomed the North Gauteng High Court’s judgment that the anti-apartheid activist was murdered.
Timol’s nephew Imtiaz Cajee, said the family feels vindicated after Judge Billy Mothle handed down the judgement.
“It’s something we have been pursuing for many many decades,” Cajee said.
READ: Harrowing evidence at Timol inquest
“…The police version that said he committed suicide, it’s something the family has never believed since inception. Not forgetting that Uncle Ahmed was the 22nd person to have died in police custody… the findings handed down by the judge was long overdue and we find some sense of relief that we can no longer state that my uncle had died in police custody. But we can categorically state that uncle Timol was murdered in police detention.”
Mothle said the evidence pointed that Timol was pushed from the roof of John Vorster Square.
He recommended that the Human Rights Commission assists families with similar cases.
“Timol didn’t meet his death as a result of suicide, Timol dies as a result of being ousted to fall, an act which was committed by security branch police with Dolus Evantualis as a form of intent and prima facie amounting to murder,” Mothle said in his judgement.
The two police officers who interrogated Timol on the 21st of October 1971, have since died. But, the former security branch officer Joao Rodrigues who was there the day the struggle activist was killed, may face the music.
Rodrigues told the North Gauteng High Court that he saw Timol dive out of a window in room 1026 and fall to his death. Judge Mothle has labelled him a liar saying he participated in the cover-up to conceal the crime of murder as an accessory to the fact of murder.
“He went on to commit perjury by presenting contradictory evidence in 1972 as well as the 2017 inquest. The recommendation is to be made to have him investigated and prosecuted for these offences.”
READ: Ahmed Timol: Truth, 46 years later
While the Timol family saID it looks forward to closing a painful chapter now that Ahmed Timols dignity has been restored, it believes it’s only the beginning of a new chapter for many families who’s loved ones died in detention.
“We believe it’s the beginning to uncover all those people who were subjected to the most brutal death under the hands of security police,” said Timol’s brother Muhammed.
NPA Spokesperson Vuyo Mfaku said the NPA open to working with the Human rights Commision to assist other families with similar problems.
The South African Communist Party also welcomed the ruling.
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