NPA vows to probe more apartheid-era crimes



Cape Town – More apartheid-era police officers could be charged and prosecuted for murders of several political activists.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it was also eyeing other unsolved cases committed under apartheid after 80-year-old retired sergeant Joao Rodrigues made his first court appearance for the 1971 murder of Ahmed Timol.

The Timol case has been hailed as historical because it dispelled claims by the apartheid regime that some activists committed suicide at its police stations.

IJR calls on prosecuting authorities to intensify their efforts in the Ashley Kriel case


The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has called on prosecuting authorities to redouble their efforts in seeking justice into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ashley Kriel in 1987. The IJR’s views were expressed after the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to charge, Joao Rodrigues, a security police officer during the apartheid regime. Rodrigues was a member of the security branch administration and was allegedly the last known person to have seen Timol alive before the 29-year-old activist fell to his death from a 10th floor window at John Vorster Square (now known as Johannesburg central police station) in 1971. The Pretoria High Court last year found that Timol had in fact died at the hands of apartheid police while in detention in 1971.