At the conclusion of the re-opened Ahmed Timol Inquest in 2017, Judge Billy Mothle reversed the 1972 inquest finding that anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol did not commit suicide, but was murdered in police detention at the John Vorster Square Police Station on 27th October 1971.
Joao Roderiques, the last person with Timol in Room 1026, was charged for his role in the murder and defeating the ends of justice for the death of Ahmed Timol. Roderiques’s legal team is now arguing for a permanent stay of prosecution against their client.
Timol’s nephew, Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee, who has been pivotal in preserving his uncle’s legacy, was admitted as a party to the proceedings launched by Rodrigues for a permanent stay of prosecution. Cajee filed his affidavit on the 08th January 2019. Rodrigues’s replying affidavit is to be filed on 15 January 2019 and all parties must file their heads of argument on 25 January 2019, where details on the argument pertaining to the application for Roderiques’s permanent stay and quashing of proceedings will be addressed.