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October 22, 2018

A declaratory order that the criminal proceedings instituted against the Applicant constitutes an unfair trial against the Applicant as is envisaged in section 35(3) of the Constitution of the republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996….

Notice of motion Roderigues

 

 

 

 

October 21, 2018

Statement from the Ahmed Timol Family Trust

Lawyers representing apartheid era security policeman, Joao “Jan” Roderigues, will explain to the South Gauteng High Court tomorrow (Monday, 10am, Room 2B) why their client should not be prosecuted for the murder of detained anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol nearly 47 years ago.

Their argument is expected to include that Rodrigues’ should not be prosecuted on the basis of his age (79) and the amount of time that has passed since Timol’s murder.

The court’s response to their argument will have implications, beyond Rodrigues, for other former members and controllers of apartheid-era security forces who perpetrated grievous crimes but either chose not to approach the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for amnesty or had amnesty applications declined. The TRC, in its final report published in 1999, recommended 300 cases for further investigation.

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October 14, 2018

Former security policeman, Joao Rodrigues, is back in court on Monday 15th October 2018 on charges relating to the 1971 murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol. He’s expected to apply for a stay of prosecution based on his age and that the murder happened too long ago for justice to take its course. The family of another activist Matthews Mabelane, who also died at John Vorster Square in 1977, are following the case closely. Just like Timol – an inquest claimed Mabelane took his own life by jumping from the 10th floor.

October 14, 2018

Statement from the Ahmed Timol Family Trust

Former apartheid era security policeman, Joao “Jan” Roderigues, heads back to court tomorrow (Monday) to face charges relating to the 1971 murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol.

At his last court appearance, in September, Roderigues’ lawyers requested a postponement in order to prepare their argument for a permanent stay of prosecution. They hinted that they would argue that their client was too elderly (he is apparently 79-years-old), and the murder was perpetrated too long ago, for justice to be able to take its course.

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October 11, 2018

OPINION / 11 OCTOBER 2018, EBRAHIM EBRAHIM

Ahmed Timol Picture: Supplied
It has come 47 years too late, but finally, the wheels of justice have begun to turn in the Ahmed Timol case. It was this month 47 years ago that the Security Branch threw Ahmed Timol either from the roof or the tenth floor of John Vorster Square to his death. 
 
As was the case with the other 73 comrades who were killed in detention, we never expected that we would ever know the truth of what happened to them, as their murderers have maintained a seemingly unbreakable pact of silence. As ANC veterans of the struggle, we had hoped that the National Prosecuting Authority would pursue the 300 cases referred to it by the TRC for further investigation and prosecution, but we have failed the victims and their families to pursue truth and justice in these cases, and so many more.  
 
In this almost quarter-century into our freedom a number of these murderers have died never having asked for amnesty for their crimes, and never having faced the might of the law. That was the TRC deal – full disclosure of your crimes and you would be shown mercy, otherwise face prosecution. At some point, the NPA will have to account for its failure to pursue justice which was imperative in terms of healing for our nation.  
 

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October 09, 2018

Director Enver Samuel, in the documentary, Someone to Blame – The Ahmed Timol Inquest, weaves a compelling narrative that draws on the 2017 re-opening of the inquest on the untimely death and brutal murder of the young Ahmed Timol in 1971.

Samuel, an acclaimed filmmaker, builds on Indians Can’t Fly (2015), a previous documentary that deals with Timol’s life, his detention and his death. For the sequel, he uses newly recorded interviews and the court procedures and he contextualises the new developments by using archival material and graphical representations. Samuel constructs an intimate overview of an event that sets the scene for the families and friends of many other South Africans who died in detention during the apartheid years to also pursue the truth of what happened to their beloved ones. It has been argued that as a result of the massification of the media, documentary films have become an important source to create discourse in the public domain as a way to simulate discussion and debate on the social, political and economic challenges in present day society.

Samuel’s documentary in collaboration with the Ahmed Timol Family Trust has created an important addition to the existing archive and will serve to preserve heritage that South Africa is not proud of, but that must be acknowledged by all South Africans as we endeavour to build a new, just society.
October 07, 2018

 

October 02, 2018

Sunday, 07  October 2018

at 19:30 on SABC3

 

October 02, 2018

Ra’eesa Pather 01 Oct 2018 15:24


Ismail Haffejee and Sarah Lall with a portrait of their brother Hoosen Haffejee, who died in police custody in 1977. (Rogan Ward/M&G)

The Haffejee siblings have spent four decades waiting. In that time, their parents have passed away, and their brother, Yusuf, who fervently fought for justice, has also died without knowing what happened to his younger brother, Hoosen.

Dr Hoosen Haffejee, a dentist, was found dead in a cell at Durban’s Brighton Beach police station on August 3 1977. He was 26 years old at the time, and he had been incarcerated for less than 24 hours.

His death had been gruesome. 

He was found hanging, with a pair of trousers wrapped around his neck, on the iron grille of his cell. 

The Security Branch had detained him under the notorious Terrorism Act, having been accused of being in possession of “subversive” documents. The security police denied torturing him, but he was had at least 40 bruises on his body, an 1978 inquest into his death later heard.

That inquest found that Haffejee died from the injuries he sustained during the hanging, and that nobody was responsible for his death.

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September 28, 2018

Statement from the surviving family members of the late Dr Hoosen Haffejee

Family of the late Pietermaritzburg anti-apartheid activist and dentist, Dr Hoosen Haffejee have welcomed the State’s decision to re-open the inquest into their brother’s death in 1977.

Dr Haffejee died on 3 August 1977 at the Brighton Police Station in Durban, a day after being arrested by security police under the Terrorism Act. The police claimed that he hanged himself with his trousers. Despite multiple injuries covering Dr Haffejee’s back, knees, arms and head, apartheid magistrate, Mr Blunden – who presided over the inquest in 1978 – ruled that Dr Haffejee had committed suicide.

In a letter to the Natal Witness in 1978, Dr Haffejee’s mother Mrs Fatima Haffejee wrote: “I think the time has arrived for us, the blacks, to pray that God will open a door to protect our destiny from the cruel injustice of the South African Security Police. I hope our prayers are answered before it’s too late for us all. As a grieving mother I cannot forget this terrible ordeal. My heart will always cry for my son.”

Both of Dr Haffejee’s parents have subsequently passed away, leaving his siblings, Sara and Ishmael, to carry the family’s hope for justice. They were informed this week that Minister of Justice Mr Michael Masutha earlier this month signed the order recommending that the inquest be re-opened.

“The re-opening of the Timol Inquest last year has given all the families of apartheid-era victims a glimmer of hope that we too would get answers on how their loved ones were murdered by the Security Police. We are very grateful to Timol’s nephew, Imtiaz Cajee, for the support he has given us,” Sara said.

“Hoosen was the 45th political detainee to die in detention, and many more were to follow. While we are very pleased to hear that the National Prosecutions Authority is to re-open the inquest into our brother’s death, the families of others, such as Nokuthula Simelane and Nicodemus Kgoathe, continue to live with their pain.”

Details are awaited from the National Prosecution Authority on when the re-opened inquest will commence.

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Distributed for the Haffejee family by Oryx Media (Benny Gool 082 5566 556 / Roger Friedman 079 8966 899).