45 years after Ahmed Timol’s death in police detention, his family hope for closure


The 27th of October marked the 45th anniversary of the death of anti-apartheid activist and former member of the South African Communist Party, Ahmed Timol. Until now, official records state that his death was as a result of suicide. The Daily Vox spoke to his nephew, Imtiaz Cajee, who has been pushing for another inquest into the true circumstances of his uncle’s death. On Wednesday, it was announced that the National Prosecuting Authority intends to reopen an inquest into Timol’s death.

It’s the 45th anniversary of Ahmed Timol’s passing and an inquest into his death is a real possibility once again. How did it get to this point?