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Imam Abdullah Haron remembered in an intimate ceremony

Today is the anniversary of Haron’s death in police detention in Cape Town in 1969.

While the Muslim community celebrates his life today, his death is still shroud in controversy. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Muslim community is commemorating the death of Imam Abdullah Haron in an intimate ceremony on Sunday.

Today is the anniversary of Haron's death in police detention in Cape Town in 1969.

People continue to trickle into the Muslim cemetery to pray for and to commemorate Haron.

The Muslim cleric, who was 45 at the time, died after four months in solitary confinement after being detained under the notorious apartheid security laws.

He was appointed the Imam of the Claremont Mosque in 1955, and at the time was one of the youngest ever Imams.

#ImamHaron the Cape Town Muslim community is commemorating Imam Abdullah Haron in an intimate ceremony today. pic.twitter.com/QQYnDBr1Kd

While the Muslim community celebrates his life today, his death is still shroud in controversy.

During an inquest into Haron's death, police argued that the bruises he sustained were from falling down a flight of stairs.

But his family says he died at the hand of apartheid police after he failed to give in to his interrogators.