Kgoathe Family Seeking Justice


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.”.