Finding the truth about how anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol died

The second sitting into an inquest of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol is currently underway in the Pretoria High Court to reveal the real cause of his death 46 years ago.

The apartheid government claimed that Timol committed suicide. But his family has established that he was tortured and either thrown or pushed from the 10th floor of what was then called John Vorster Square Police Station.

Essop Pahad took the stand and told the court the kind of relationship he had with Ahmed Timol - how they shared a flat in London before Timol returned to South Africa.

EWN reporter, Barry Bateman says a trauma expert was also put on the stand, talking about the do's and don'ts when dealing with a critically injured body.

It sounded like a first aid lesson, that if you are dealing with somebody who is critically injured the first thing you do is don't move the body.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

He explained that the risk of moving someone who has perhaps fallen from the ten story building causes further trauma to their body and causes further injuries which could be a contributing factor.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

According to Bateman, the court also read an affidavit from a police officer who said he attended to Timol after his fall. The affidavit describes how Timol's body was covered in blankets and moved back into the building up to the 9th floor. When they arrived at the 9th floor he was declared dead.

The trauma expert was questioned about whether the conduct of the police officers was correct. He said that the same principle of not moving a critically injured body until the ambulance arrives was a known factor even in 1971.

The police were taught, even at that particular time, that when you dealing with a critically injured body, do not move it.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Timol's family was arguing that what the police demonstrated, shows that they were not concerned with preserving life and secondly, it shows that there was an attempt to cover it up.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Finding the truth about how anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol died


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Mauritius is fast becoming Africa’s textile hub

Mauritius is fast becoming Africa’s textile hub

The textile industry has helped transform the Mauritian economy - constantly evolving to meet the world's needs.

Inquest into death of apartheid activist Ahmed Timol begins

Inquest into death of apartheid activist Ahmed Timol begins

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

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

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

The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol will be reopened next week, his family wants findings reversed.

ANC of President Zuma thrives on noise and chaos - Mashele

ANC of President Zuma thrives on noise and chaos - Mashele

On Monday KZN ANC’s Sihle Zikalala condemned disruptions by the ANCYL at the Kathrada memorial service in Durban at the weekend.

It is not for ANC W Cape "to doubt" NEC position on Zuma

It is not for ANC W Cape "to doubt" NEC position on Zuma

W Cape ANC's Lionel Adendorf says after 10-hour meeting on Saturday, PEC concluded that only ANC's NEC can make decisions.

ANCYL must apologise to comrade Pravin - Sihle Zikalala

ANCYL must apologise to comrade Pravin - Sihle Zikalala

KZN ANCYL heckled former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and ANC treasurer general, Zweli Mkhize, Ahmed Kathrada's memorial.

"Still a cadre of the ANC but a cadre of the ANC of Mandela, Sisulu & Kathrada"

"Still a cadre of the ANC but a cadre of the ANC of Mandela, Sisulu & Kathrada"

Pravin Gordhan spoke to scores gathered to remember struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada at the St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town.

Gordhan: We need to practice democratic values on a daily basis

Gordhan: We need to practice democratic values on a daily basis

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has encouraged South Africans to embrace democratic values and become agents of change.

SACP revives calls for judicial inquiry into state capture

SACP revives calls for judicial inquiry into state capture

SACP's Jeremy Cronin says that there are dots to be connected after the high risk Cabinet reshuffle which took place last week.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Guy eye-rolls after girlfriend takes selfie, has social media talking

[WATCH] Guy eye-rolls after girlfriend takes selfie, has social media talking

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'The problem is incompetent SAA management staff and thieving'

'The problem is incompetent SAA management staff and thieving'

SAA Pilot's Association former chair, Captain Piet Taljaard says the core does all the work while management is clueless.

Schools don’t teach personal finance - how to raise a future millionaire

Schools don’t teach personal finance - how to raise a future millionaire

Personal finance expert Warren Ingram (Galileo Capital) on how to raise financially free children.

What is better - money in the bank or investing in shares?

What is better - money in the bank or investing in shares?

Personal finance expert Warren Ingram offers a definitive answer with an explanation ordinary people can understand.

How to retire while you’re still young(ish)

How to retire while you’re still young(ish)

If you do things differently, it’s possible stop working far earlier than you ever thought possible, says Warren Ingram.

[LISTEN] Steinhoff explained: 100 times more looted in Steinhoff saga than VBS

[LISTEN] Steinhoff explained: 100 times more looted in Steinhoff saga than VBS

Steinhoff’s Web of Deception: An Explainer with Financial Mail journalist Warren Thompson.