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Judge thanks Ahmed Timol’s nephew for reopening inquest

The High Court in Pretoria on Thursday handed down judgment in the matter, finding that Timol had been murdered.

Ahmed Timol’s nephew Imtiaz Cajee. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA – Judge Billy Mothle has thanked Ahmed Timol's family and the team of advocates who have participated in the historic re-opening of a 40-year-old inquest.

The High Court in Pretoria on Thursday handed down judgment in the matter, finding that Timol had been murdered.

The anti-apartheid activist died in 1971 after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police station the security branch claimed he jumped out of a window to his death.

Mothle says that Timol’s family never accepted the 1972 inquest finding that he committed suicide and thanked his nephew Imtiaz Cajee for his relentless campaign for justice.

“It is through the persistent effort of Mr Imtiaz Cajee that this historic sitting of the reopened inquest occurred. His efforts should be emulated as an example of how citizens have to assert their Constitutional rights.”

The judge says this inquest had a difficult task, considering the incomplete record of the original inquest.

“Mysteriously missing from the records, are pages 1, 2, 652, which consist mainly of the oral evidence of the police witnesses, the originals or copies of the originals and other exhibits.”