August 22, 2019

The application for leave to appeal against the full bench decision of the South Gauteng High Court in the matter of State vs Rodrigues will be heard on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 10:00 (Room to be confirmed).

On the 28th June 2019, the full bench dismissed the application for a permanent stay of prosecution brought by Joao Rodrigues’s legal teams on 28th and 29th March 2019.

Rodrigues was investigated as per the historic ruling made by Judge Billy Mothle on the 12th October 2017 in the re-opening of the Ahmed Timol Inquest. The 2017 inquest reversed the 1972 finding that Timol had committed suicide. It found that Timol was murdered in police detention on 27th October 1971. Timol was the 22nd person to have died in police detention. Many more were to follow.

Written heads of Arguments by the legal teams is to be submitted before 31st August 2019.


Issued by Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee – Nephew of Ahmed Timol

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