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Why the truth about the death of anti-apartheid activist matters

Essa, Azad

Publisher:  Al Jazeera
Date Written:  13/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

The murder of school teacher and activist Ahmed Timol is but one of many stories of injustice hidden by apartheid, and left mostly untouched since 1994.



For almost 50 years, they claimed he had jumped to his death.

On Thursday, 46 years later, the Pretoria High Court put the matter to rest. Judge Billy Mothle ruled that Ahmed Timol, an anti-apartheid activist, had not jumped out the window of the 10th floor of a police station in Johannesburg.

Timol, 29 at the time, had been pushed out.

"Timol did not jump out of the window of room 1026 but was either pushed out of the window or from the roof of the John Vorster Police Station," Mothle said. "Thus he did not commit suicide but was murdered."

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