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Inquest into death of apartheid activist Ahmed Timol begins

26 June 2017 1:11 PM
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Ahmed Timol inquest

Former minister in the presidency Dr Essop Pahad spoke to Stephen Grootes about his close friend who died in detention in 1971.

A new inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol kicked off at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

Timol's death was ruled a suicide after he fell to his death from the tenth floor of what was then John Vorster Square and is now the Johannesburg Central Police Station, in 1971.

His family believe that his death was not a suicide but that he was tortured and thrown or pushed from the building.

READ: Testimony to expose state 'cover-up' - family of political prisoner Ahmed Timol

Someone who knew him well is the former minister in the presidency Dr Essop Pahad.

He was just about one of my best friends I ever had, and I would say Timol was not an anti-apartheid activist, he was a freedom fighter.

Dr Essop Pahad, former minister in the presidency

Hopefully the inquest will come to the correct conclusion an demonstrate that the judiciary were nothing but spokespersons for the apartheid regime.

Dr Essop Pahad, former minister in the presidency

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26 June 2017 1:11 PM
Tags:
Ahmed Timol
Ahmed Timol inquest