Ernest Dipale Inquest Update


Aggett inquest concluded, judge moves to Ernest Dipale case

16 February 2021, 6:21 AM  |  Wisani Makhubele  |  

The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett has concluded, now the focus will shift to the inquest of another activist, Ernest Dipale.

Dipale also died under similar circumstances as Aggett. He allegedly committed suicide at John Vorster Square on August 08, 1982, about six months after Aggett’s death.

Judge Motsamai Makume will continue to preside over the Dipale inquest.

Anti-apartheid activist Ernest Dipale didn’t kill himself: Family

17 February 2021, 8:00 AM  |  Wisani Makhubele  | 

The family of anti-apartheid activist Ernest Moabi Dipale says they never believed that he killed himself, this came out as an inquest into his murder got under way on Tuesday.

Dipale allegedly committed suicide at the then John Vorster Square Police Station in Johannesburg on August 8, 1982, six months after trade unionist, Neil Aggett, died in similar circumstances.

The security branch of the police claimed that both men committed suicide, but their families believe they were murdered.

However, Ernest’s aunt Masego Dipale who testified at the inquest into his death in detention, which was conducted virtually, says the family never believed he took his own life.

The inquest into Ernest Dipale’s death begins

By: Tymon Smith; 18 Feb 2021

The young activist died in the cells at apartheid police station John Vorster Square six months after Neil Aggett in 1982. This follow-on inquest may finally unravel the circumstances of his detention.