RODRIGUES COURT DELAY and LEGAL COSTS

June 30, 2019

Pictures at the South Gauteng High Court in

Johannesburg on 28 June 2019.

Courtesy of Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee

Joao Rodrigues made another appearance (See timeline below) at the South Gauteng High Court on Friday, 28 June 2019 relating to the criminal case against him in the 1971 murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol. The 1972 inquest ruling was overturned by Judge Billy Mothle on 12th October 2917 that found that Timol was murdered and did not commit suicide. Rodrigues was charged on the 30th July 2018.

A court date for the criminal case was not set as Rodrigues’s legal team is applying for leave to appeal after the full Bench of the South Gauteng High Court rejected his application for a permanent stay of prosecution on 3rd June 2019.

Monama J was scathing in his remarks, noting that the bills of all three counsel for Rodrigues, the only surviving police official charged in the matter, was paid by taxpayers. (A PAIA has been submitted to the Dept of Justice to ascertain the legal costs incurred).

Legal teams were instructed to meet next week in the Judge’s chambers to expedite the court case.

The Judge also referred to the 47 year wait of the family to Timol get justice. Rodrigues bail has been extended and his next court appearance is set for the 2nd August 2019.

Timeline:

26 June 2017                   

Re-Opening of the Timol Inquest

12 October 2017             

Ruling handed down and 1972 Verdict overturned

30 July 2018                     

Rodrigues charged and 1st court appearance in Johannesburg Magistrate Court

18 September 2018 

Rodrigues Court Appearance at South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg

15 October 2018             

Rodrigues Court Appearance at South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg

22 October 2018             

Rodrigues Court Appearance at South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg

20 November 2019         

Meeting in Chambers

28 January 2019              

Rodrigues Court Appearance at Palm Ridge Court, Germiston

28 & 29 March 2019               

Application for Permanent Stay of Prosecution (342A) Argued at South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg

03 July 2019                      

Judgment handed down at South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg

28 June 2019                    

Rodrigues Court Appearance in South Gauteng High Court – postponed to 02nd August 2019

Ends….

Issued by Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee – Nephew of Ahmed  Timol


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