Fawu demands justice for Neil Aggett’s death

Steve Whitehead was never prosecuted for torturing the anti-apartheid activist before his death in 1982.

Anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett was tortured for three days before his death in 1982. Picture: Wikipedia.

JOHANNESBURG - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Monday said the failure to prosecute the man who caused the death of anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett, is a scar on South Africa's democracy.

Over the weekend it emerged that Steve Whitehead, who tortured Aggett for three days before his death in 1982, had been working for the South African Revenue Service (Sars) as a consultant.

Both Whitehead and his commander Arthur Cronwright did not apply for amnesty and were found responsible for Aggett's death by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Fawu General Secretary Katishi Masemola said it's unacceptable that Whitehead has not been prosecuted.

"The family needs it. The union needs it. All South Africans want to see this matter closed."