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Aggett Inquiry: Witness details complaints of torture at John Vorster Square

Former apartheid security officer Joseph Nyampule old the inquiry on Monday how he received numerous complaints from political detainees about how they were beaten, made to stand for long hours at a time and forced to frog jump during interrogation.

The window between what was interrogation room 1011 & 1012 at the Johannesburg Central Police Station during apartheid. Picture: Ahmed Kajee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A witness in the Neil Aggett Inquiry has detailed how he received complaints of assault and torture from political detainees at the John Vorster Square Police Station.

The activist died in a holding cell in 1982.

An apartheid inquiry concluded that he committed suicide, but his family believed he died at the hands of the police.

Former apartheid security officer Joseph Nyampule was in charge of political detainees at the notorious John Vorster Square Police Station, which is now known as the Johannesburg Central Police Station.

GALLERY: Inside the police cell where Neil Aggett allegedly took his life

He told the inquiry on Monday how he received numerous complaints from political detainees about how they were beaten, made to stand for long hours at a time and forced to frog jump during interrogation.

Speaking through an interpreter, Nyampule said when he took prisoners to the infamous 10th floor they were always restrained.

“The detainee would have handcuffs on…”

During the 1982 Inquiry, police claimed that on the day Aggett hanged himself there were no patrols for three hours.

When asked about this, this is how Nyampule responded: “No, I wouldn’t agree with them…”

The inquiry continues.

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