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January 22, 2018

The family of Nicodmus Kgoathe seeking answers related to the death in police custody of their father. Police claimed he died of natural causes in Feb 1969.

TRC Final Report, Volume 3, Chapter 6, Subsection 11:

“The Commission finds that Mr Nicodemus Kgoathe died in police custody on 4 February 1969 after having been assaulted by members of the SAP Security Branch namely, Warrant Officer FA Smith, Warrant Officer JM Venter and Detective Sergeant A de Meyer. The commission finds further that the failure of the Magistrate to find the police responsible for the torture and subsequent death of Nicodemus Kgoathe created a climate and culture of impunity that directly contributed to the Commission of further Gross Human Rights Violations by the SAP.”. 

January 19, 2018
19 January 2018
 
Media Statement from Nkosi ZMD Mandela MP
 
Welcoming Appeal Court’s judgement on former President’s residence
 
Dakar, Senegal: – The Supreme Court of Appeal has spoken, and we welcome the judgement it has delivered regarding the residence of uTatomkhulu President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
 
We believe that this outcome respects the last wishes of uNkosi Dalibhunga and is in accordance with his last will and testament as executed by the administrators of his estate and his family led by his wife Mamu Graca Machel and the Royal House of Mandela Chieftainship under my leadership.
 
We are pleased to close this chapter of this saga and trust that it finally puts this matter to rest.
 
The first month of the Mandela Centennial Celebrations is nearly over and we want to reflect throughout this year on issues of historic significance in our struggle. Last year the legacy of our hero Ahmed Timol was finally restored to its rightful place with the Judicial Inquest and finding that he was murdered by the evil Apartheid security apparatus.
 
On the 27th January we shall be commemorating the 29th year of the assassination of Dr Abu-Baker Asvat and we call on his family and the Sisulu family to advocate for an inquest into the deaths of Dr Asvat and Stompie Seipei. It is time that these two activists of our struggle are accorded justice and their stories fully told.
 
In the Centennial Celebration year of Mam Albertina Sisulu the call for an inquest into the brutal killing of Dr Abu-Baker Asvat is of special relevance as he supported her through the years of Cde Walter Sisulu’s incarceration and she regarded him as a partner, a son and comrade in arms. After being shot he breathed his last in Mam Sisulu’s arms.
 
Ends…
 
Nkosi Zwelivelile
Royal House of Mandela
Mvezo Komkhulu
P.O. Box 126
Viedgesville, 5102
Eastern Cape Province
South Africa
 
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January 18, 2018

Statement from the Ahmed Timol Family Trust on the late Ahmed Timol

 Timol family appeals to NPA to act on inquest findings

 After waiting 46 years for the state to acknowledge that anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol was murdered by police, Timol’s family has appealed to the National Prosecutions Authority to act without further delay against former policemen identified by the North Gauteng High Court as playing a role in the cover-up.

 Three months ago, Judge Billy Mothle reversed an apartheid inquest court’s ruling that Timol committed suicide after being detained by police in October 1971, replacing it with a finding of murder. While many of the security policemen directly associated with Timol’s arrest and murder have since passed away, Judge Mothle recommended that three former members face charges. Joao Rodrigues (80) should be charged as an accessory to murder, and Seth Sons and Neville Els (both 82) for perjury, Judge Mothle ruled.

 “As a family, we have run a long, painful and exhausting race to see justice done,” said Timol’s nephew, Mr Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee. 

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December 28, 2017

Here are our top 10 cartoons for this year created by Bethuel Mangena, the editorial cartoonist for ANA Pictures.

Mangena’s work appears on IOL’s social media pages and in The Star, Pretoria News and other Independent Media newspapers nearly every week day.

 This year he has produced more than 200 cartoons covering the most talked about stories of the year. 

He has also used his work to say goodbye to some of South Africa’s icons including Ahmed Kathrada and Joe Mafela.

Other cartoons in our Top 10 include the #CoffinAssault Trial, the Ahmed Timol case in the High Court in Pretoria and the end of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. 

And, of course, South Africa’s politicians made it too easy.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/gauteng/top-10-cartoons-of-the-year-12547113

 

 

 

December 16, 2017

Laloo ‘Isu’ Chiba was a former Robben Island political prisoner and a board member of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He passed away on 8 December 2017. ZAAKIRAH VADI writes about her memories of the anti-apartheid struggle stalwart. 

ZAAKIRAH VADI: is the editor of the book, ‘Triumph of the Human Spirit – Ahmed Kathrada and Robben Island’. She currently works as the Communications Officer at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, but writes in her personal capacity.

….I had the privilege of hearing your testimony before lawyers who were gathering information for the Ahmed Timol inquest – you detailing the horror of the electric shocks, the severe beatings and the interrogation. How could a person so humane as yourself be subjected to such inhumanity? Yet, you broke down in front of the Timol legal team, not because of the nightmarish memories of pain, but because you recalled how you had screamed during the torture. You believed that real revolutionaries do not give the enemy the pleasure of hearing their tortured screams, let alone revealing information about their clandestine activities….

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-12-15-op-ed-personal-memories-about-laloo-chiba-a-lodestar-for-south-africa/#.WjTI2iugeM9

December 14, 2017

December Edition of Township Times: EyoMnga (month of the Acaia tree) – December 2017

East London. Mdantsane. Zwelitsha. Bisho / KWT. Dimbaza. Vol. 1.7 edition: 05

Remembering Timol: A Timeline

 

December 08, 2017

“Cde Laloo was a gentle giant and an unassuming and selfless fighter for freedom. He set the best of all examples for South Africans. He was one of our witnesses in the Timol Inquest. A perusal of his affidavit confirms his considerable sacrifices, which he gladly made. A true hero. I am happy that he saw the outcome of the inquest before passing away. His passing reminds us of the values that he fought for” Howard Varney

Laloo Isu Chiba Affidavit – 2017 Timol Inquest

 

 

December 05, 2017

Edited by Adil Bradlow of https://adilbradlow.com

 

December 03, 2017

DATE: Saturday, 2 December 2017

VENUE: Ahmed Timol Secondary School, Azaadville

Time: 7. 30 pm

November 25, 2017

Event organised in the memory of the selfless and a revolutionary activist of the SACP Cde Ahmed Timol. The truth by nature is universal and you cannot hide it. At the end, it will just come out.

Long live Comrade Ahmed Timol Long Live!