Ashley Kriel’s family say his death was not in vain

The case into his death will be reopened after new evidence shows he’d been murdered.

FILE: Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) veterans. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The sister of Ashley Kriel, an anti-apartheid activist who was killed by security police in Athlone, says the youth don't realise the sacrifices that have been made for democracy.

Twenty-year old Kriel was one of many Umkhonto we Sizwe members who died under mysterious circumstances involving security police.

Police at the time claimed he had been accidentally shot in a house in Athlone and the officer involved was granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Last week, the Hawks announced they were reopening the investigation into his death after new evidence shows he had been murdered.

Kriel's older sister, Michel Assure, says his sacrifice wasn't in vain.

"I always think about the youth. Sometimes I think, where we are today as a country? Our government has achieved many things and they don't think about the sacrifices that some people have gone through in order for us to obtain our new found democracy."