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NPA to reveal new witnesses in Ahmed Timol inquest

The original inquest in 1972 endorsed the security branch's claim that Timol committed suicide.

Ahmed Timol. Picture: ahmedtimol.co.za

PRETORIA - A high court will on Monday hear which additional witnesses will be called to testify in the inquest into the death of Ahmed Timol.

The anti-apartheid activist died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station, now known as Johannesburg Central Police Station.

The original inquest in 1972 endorsed the security branch's claim that Timol committed suicide.

It emerged last week that several people, including a former security branch policeman, have come forward and are willing to testify.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Torie Pretorius told the court that he needed time to consult with the witnesses and take their statements.

Pretorius is expected to tell the court which of those witnesses will take the stand.

Judge Billy Motlhe says he only wants to hear from people who were at the police station on the day Timol died.

Closing arguments are scheduled for the end of this week.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)