Daughter of security cop says more people must speak up about apartheid crimes

The daughter of the man accused of killing anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol says more people must come forward to expose apartheid-era atrocities.

Former apartheid security branch policeman, Joao Rodrigues, was charged with Timol’s murder following an inquiry into his death last year.

Read: Hawks to charge security cop in Ahmed Timol murder

Rodrigues' daughter Tilana Stander played a crucial role in helping Timol family track Rodrigues down.

Stander says she had a difficult childhood, was the outcast in the family and deeply feared her father.

Read also: Daughter of Timol murder accused Joao Rodrigues reveals sexual abuse

In an interview on Radio 702, she revealed that her father sexually abused from the age of 8.

Stander says that opening up has been a part of her healing journey.

Read more: Apartheid-era cop Rodrigues showed 'no remorse' during Timol murder charge

She says that she has now formed a precious relationship with Timol's nephew Imtiaz Cajee and the rest of the family.

Rodrigues will go on trial next year.

It took me a very long time to build up courage and talk about this and get it out in the open.

Tilana Stander, daughter of murder accused Joao Rodrigues

I was so scared of the man... I was just trying to survive and stay out of his way.

Tilana Stander, daughter of murder accused Joao Rodrigues

These guys must speak up because there are a lot of questions and they know a lot more than they say.

Tilana Stander, daughter of murder accused Joao Rodrigues

Listen to her share her story with Refilwe Moloto standing in for Kieno Kammies:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Daughter of security cop says more people must speak up about apartheid crimes


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