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.”

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