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George Bizos: We'll be there for families of other apartheid victims

Judge Mothle says that the Ahmed Timol inquest revealed there are many more families seeking closure on unanswered questions about relatives’ deaths in detention.

George Bizos. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - The High Court has ordered the authorities to help the families of loved ones murdered by the apartheid regime to obtain records and gather information in order to reopen their cases.

This was among Judge Billy Mothle's recommendations after he found that Ahmed Timol was in fact tortured and murdered by the security branch in 1971.

The anti-apartheid activist fell from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station, with the police claiming that he jumped, but the court on Thursday ruled that he was pushed.

Judge Mothle says that this inquest revealed there are many more families seeking closure on unanswered questions about relatives’ deaths in detention.

"The families, whose relatives died in detention should be assisted in their initiative to obtain the records and gather further information with a view to have the initial inquest reopened."

Advocate George Bizos, who represented the Ahmed Timol’s family in 1972, says that those families will be supported.

"We will be there for them. I'm sure that, even as I'm about to complete my 90th year, there will be others to follow, so that justice triumphs."

Mothle says that the Human Rights Commission and law enforcement agencies should be capable of helping affected families.

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