First sitting of inquest into death of Ahmed Timol to begin Monday

The apartheid government said the activist committed suicide but a private investigation launched by his family uncovered new evidence.

Ahmed Timol. Picture: ahmedtimol.co.za

JOHANNESBURG – The first sitting of the inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol is set to begin in the High Court in Johannesburg this morning.

Timol died in police detention 45 years ago after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square police station now known as the Johannesburg Central Police Station.

The apartheid government said he committed suicide but a private investigation launched by his family uncovered new evidence.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Neeshan Balton says they welcome the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to reopen the inquest.

“We think that this is the start of a process of uncovering the truth. But just as importantly, we think that this inquest might complete the work that was started at the TRC.”

He says the case might give answers to other families who lost their loved ones in a similar manner.

“And has possibilities, not only for the team or family, but for many other families who have endured the long pain of not knowing how their loved ones had died, and perhaps would now be able to go a similar route in the near future.”

Timol was a 30-year-old teacher at the time of his death.

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