New witnesses come forward with info regarding Ahmed Timol death

The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Timol resumed on Thursday.

Timol died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of the then John Vorster Square Police Station. A year after his death Timol's family began trying to unearth the real version and evidence of events after rejecting claims from the original inquest which suggests Timol committed suicide.

EWN senior reporter, Barry Bateman has been covering the inquest. Bateman says when Judge Billy Motlhe adjourned proceedings a week ago, he made one final appeal to the public to come forward with any additional information that may assist with this case.

Now we've heard that several witnesses have come forward including former security branch officers.

Barry Bateman, EWN senior reporter

Bateman explains that the witnesses that have come forward need to be consulted for their versions to determine what value it will be for the inquest.

Judge Motlhe made it quite clear that he wants people who were at the John Vorster Square Police Station on the day of Timol's death, adds Bateman.

We had Abdulla Adam testify today. He was working at the petrol station across the road from John Vorster Square on that morning.

Barry Bateman, EWN senior reporter

Bateman reports that Adam told the courts that his boss at the time told him about an incident and says he saw a body lying there around 10am.

Adam's testimony of the time of death conflicts with the official time of death recorded which was around 4pm explained Bateman. Another witness also claimed Timol was found in the morning.

Listen to the EWN report here:


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