Af­ter Ti­mol case, let’s probe Luthuli death

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS&VIEWS -

I AM in agree­ment with the sen­ti­ments ex­pressed by your columnist Den­nis Pather in his “Tongue and Cheek” col­umn (Sun­day Tri­bune, Novem­ber 5) headed “Probe Luthuli mys­tery”.

We have seen the way the Ahmed Ti­mol case ended, when the judge passed the ver­dict, that he did not com­mit sui­cide by jump­ing through a win­dow from John Vorster Square prison, as we were all along made to be­lieve.

Like­wise, a probe is also nec­es­sary into the mys­te­ri­ous man­ner in which the late emi­nent Al­bert Luthuli died. It is claimed he was hit by a train.

This claim is un­be­liev­able, and to this day peo­ple still talk about the cir­cum­stances in which he died. It sounds like Luthuli had com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Surely Luthuli was a per­son of stature and he could not just have been hit by a train? Some­thing sin­is­ter oc­curred, it does not add up. The truth must come out.

I am of the view that Luthuli was de­lib­er­ately killed by the apartheid se­cu­rity branch po­lice, as he had been de­clared an en­emy of the state and his home had been raided many times with doc­u­ments re­moved.

As with Ti­mol, Luthuli’s death must be in­ves­ti­gated. I don’t buy the claim that Luthuli was un­in­ten­tion­ally hit by a train.

There is more to what we are made to be­lieve – his death was very timely – the train just ap­peared to be on the scene while Luthuli just hap­pened to be there. Are we to be­lieve this ridicu­lous story?


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