Give other fam­i­lies clo­sure too, say or­gan­i­sa­tions

The Citizen (KZN) - - AHMED TIMOL INQUEST - Ilse de Lange

The rul­ing that anti-apartheid ac­tivist Ahmed Timol had been mur­dered by mem­bers of the se­cu­rity po­lice 46 years ago has given hope to the fam­i­lies of hun­dreds of other ac­tivists who died un­der apartheid rule.

Timol’s fam­ily, the fam­ily of mur­dered strug­gle icon Steve Biko, veteran strug­gle lawyer Ge­orge Bi­zos and hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions yes­ter­day called on gov­ern­ment to re­open the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deaths of other anti-apartheid ac­tivists whose fam­i­lies are seek­ing clo­sure.

The fam­ily of Matthew Ma­belane, who, like Timol, died in 1977 at the age of 22 af­ter fall­ing out of a tenth-storey win­dow at John Vorster Square, now also wants the truth about his death.

Matthew’s cousin, Sand­ton at­tor­ney Ra­pu­lane Ma­belane, said they were get­ting of­fi­cial doc­u­ments to ap­proach the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity to re­open the probe into Matthew’s death. Matthew was a stu­dent leader of the ANC when he was ar­rested.

Matthew’s brother, Lasch Ma­belane, ac­cused the se­cu­rity po­lice of act­ing in an evil man­ner to­wards his brother, telling bla­tant lies about his fall and bury­ing ev­i­dence. He said the fam­ily needed clo­sure.

Timol’s nephew, Im­tiaz Ca­jee, said Ahmed, Babla Saloo­jee, Imam Ha­roon and Steve Biko were among at least 73 po­lit­i­cal de­tainees who died at the hands of the po­lice be­tween 1963 and 1990 with no one ever be­ing held re­spon­si­ble for their deaths.

Timol’s brother Mo­hammed said the judg­ment had re­stored his brother’s dig­nity.

Strug­gle icon Steve Biko’s son Nkosi­nathi said hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions should take the mat­ter fur­ther for other fam­i­lies in­volved.

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