Face the music, party says
The South African Communist Party (SACP) yesterday welcomed the high court’s ruling in Pretoria that anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol did not commit suicide, but was murdered by members of the security branch.
Timol died in October 1971, when he fell out of a 10th floor window at John Vorster Square police station in what was initially deemed a suicide by an inquest held four decades ago. But a new inquest found Timol was pushed.
“This is an affirmation of the truth that the SACP has always believed. The judgment paves the way for justice to run its full course,” the party said in a statement. “Those who committed the murder must now face the music and be held accountable in accordance with the rule of law.
“The SACP will deepen its campaign to seek justice for all. Everyone who was killed by or disappeared at the behest of the apartheid regime must be accounted for. The forces behind the crimes must be held accountable.”