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Ex-cop's claim that Timol died in the afternoon contradicts prior evidence

Seth Sons says he returned to the police station at about 4 pm and was told that someone had fallen from a window.

FILE: Ahmed Timol. Picture: ahmedtimol.co.za

PRETORIA - A former security branch policeman has testified that Ahmed Timol fell to his death in the afternoon, which contradicts earlier evidence from civilians that he died in the morning.

Former lieutenant Seth Sons has taken the stand at the inquest into Timol's death which is being heard in the High Court in Pretoria.

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

An inquest in 1972 endorsed the security branch's version that he took his own life but new evidence suggests he was in fact murdered.

Sons says on the day Timol died, his commander asked him to drive to the Timol family home.

He says he was simply the driver and did not search the house nor question its occupants.

He says when he returned to the police station at about 4 pm, there was a commotion and he was told that someone had fallen from a window.

Sons says he did not enquire about who had fallen and merely went to his office.

The former security branch investigator claims he never took part in assault or torture of detainees.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)