NPA ap­proach to Ti­mol case ‘cav­a­lier’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NATION - Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

THE fam­ily of slain ac­tivist Ahmed Ti­mol, has lodged a scathing at­tack on the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity (NPA) of pro­tect­ing apartheid po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved in the killing of ac­tivists.

In the pa­pers filed in the South Gaut­eng High Court in Joburg, to op­pose an ap­pli­ca­tion by for­mer apartheid of­fi­cer Joao Ro­drigues for a per­ma­nent stay of pros­e­cu­tion, Ti­mol’s nephew Im­tiaz Ca­jee said he felt let down by politi­cians and the NPA.

Ca­jee said he was in­formed by the NPA’s unit prose­cut­ing po­lit­i­cal cases a few years ago they closed the probe into Ti­mol’s death.

“I was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed that the NPA closed its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into my un­cle’s murder,” said Ca­jee in the pa­pers.

He said he doubted any in­ves­ti­ga­tion was ever launched into Ti­mol’s murder.

“I was very dis­ap­pointed by the ap­proach of the NPA which I be­lieved to be cav­a­lier and un­car­ing,” said Ca­jee.

He said he sus­pected some­thing was wrong in pro­tect­ing apartheid era killers against ac­tivists.

Ca­jee said the NPA was “ca­joled” to stop work­ing on cases re­lated to the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion. |

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