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Ahmed Timol inquest: New evidence casts doubt over former cop’s version

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

Ahmed Timol. Picture: Ahmedtimol.co.za

PRETORIA - A former security branch police officer has told the High Court in Pretoria that an administration clerk would have never been ordered to guard over a high-profile detainee like Ahmed Timol.

This was the evidence of former lieutenant Seth Sons in the inquest into Timol’s death.

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

Former sergeant Jan Rodrigues, a former salary clerk at the security branch, claims he was instructed to guard Timol when he dived out of a window to his death.

Sons, a former security branch lieutenant who commanded a small group of non-white police officers, was surprised to hear an administration clerk would be tasked with the responsibility of guarding a detainee, let alone Timol.

This evidence casts further doubt over Rodrigues’ version, who claims he was delivering salary cheques at the prison when he was asked to watch over the prized detainee.

Advocate Howard Varney has described Rodrigues as a fabrication in order to cover up for Timol’s interrogators’ murder.

Son says he played no part in Timol’s interrogation and went even further to claim he never witnessed or took part in any assault or torture during his career at the security branch.

Closing argument is scheduled to start next Thursday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)