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Ahmed Timol: Family feels vindicated by court finding

Judge Billy Motlhe on Thursday set aside the original inquest finding that Timol had committed suicide.

Ahmed Timol’s nephew Imtiaz Cajee in the Pretoria High Court on 12 October 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA – Ahmed Timol’s family says they feel vindicated by the High Court’s finding that the anti-apartheid activist was in fact tortured and murdered by the security branch in 1971.

Judge Billy Motlhe on Thursday set aside the original inquest finding that Timol had committed suicide.

The young communist operative from Roodepoort died after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station, with the security branch claiming that he leapt out of the window to his death.

Timol’s brother Mohamed says the court’s ruling exemplifies everything his brother stood for.

“The Timol family has been driven, not by vengeance but by the pursuit of the truth and justice and this is what democratic South Africa should be, is truth and justice.”

Timol’s nephew Imtiaz Cajee has urged the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to reopen all inquests related to the killing of political activists.

“We’d like to view the reopened Timol inquest as the beginning and definitely not the end.”

The court ordered the authorities to help families of victims obtains records with a view to re-open the cases.

WATCH: Bizos on Timol: justice is something you have to pursue

COVER-UP

The High Court has ruled that members of the security branch conspired to cover up their torture and ultimate murder of Timol in 1971.

Mothle said the process to cover up the murder of Timol started shortly after the security branch members pushed his battered body out of a window.

“The police, on their own version, removed the injured Timol from where he landed immediately after the fall without summoning medical evidence, clearly in order to conceal the crime.”

He says that Sergeant Roderigues was party to blame for the cover-up.

“He thereby prima facie, by his conduct, became an accessory after the fact of murder."

The judge has ordered that Jan Roderigues be investigated on charges of murder and perjury.

WATCH: Salim Essop: Ahmed Timol would not commit suicide

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)