The family of late anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol says they have been failed by the country’s justice system.

High Court Judge Ramarumo Monana has officially struck the case of apartheid-era police officer Joao Rodrigues off the court roll.

Rodrigues, who was charged with Timol’s murder, died at the age of 82 last month.

Timol died after falling from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square police station in 1971. It’s alleged that Rodrigues pushed him.

“My journey in pursuing the case ends today. It’s been a long historic journey post the historic verdict in 2017 in which the judge reversed the 1972 findings that Timol committed suicide to murder. Democratic institutions and government of the day must be held responsible. As to how was it possible for the state to file in upholding the rule of the law,” says Timol family spokesperson Imtiaz Cajee.