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Timol's nephew: We've always believed he was murdered

Imtiaz Cajee took the stand at the inquest which is being heard in Pretoria on Monday.

Ahmed Timol. Picture: ahmedtimol.co.za

PRETORIA - Ahmed Timol’s nephew has told the High Court that his family has always believed the finding that his uncle committed suicide was a cover up for a murder committed by the security branch.

Imtiaz Cajee took the stand at the inquest which is being heard in Pretoria on Monday.

The anti-apartheid activist died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square police station.

The inquest in 1972 endorsed the security branch’s version that he took his own life.

Cajee says it was important for the family to have the original inquest findings reversed.

“Because as the family we had never believed that Magistrate De Villiers' ruling in 1972 that uncle Ahmed had committed suicide was a correct one.

"The family had always believed that it was a farce, it was a cover-up. And it was imperative that we rectify those findings so that the annals of our history can correctly reflect that Ahmed Timol did not commit suicide but he was rather killed or murdered in police detention.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)