Update on Aggett Inquest & Rodrigues Matter


Neil Aggett inquest on hold due to judge’s illness

By Siviwe Feketha  Feb 27, 2020 IOL

Johannesburg – The proceedings of the Inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett remains on ice until further notice as the judge presiding over it remains hospitalised.

On Monday, Judge Motsamai Makume was hospitalised, bringing the hearing of the remaining testimonies to a halt indefinitely, and there has been no clarity regarding his illness.


Ahmed Timol murder case postponed

28 February 2020, 12:37 PM  |  Wisani Makhubele  |  

The case against former security branch police officer Joao Rodrigues, who’s accused of the 1971 murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, has been postponed to May 28 in the High Court in Johannesburg.

The court is waiting for the finalisation of his appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. Rodrigues is applying for permanent stay of prosecution in the Supreme Court after a full bench of the High Court in Johannesburg dismissed it.


There are cowards among us

DAILY MAVERICK Opinionista • Oscar Van Heerden • 26 February 2020

Today we have comrades who blatantly defend the indefensible, who support Jacob Zuma despite the fact that he ruined our country and actively allowed corrupt practices to take root.


Inquests: another way to truth and reconciliation

By Haroon Aziz Time of article published Feb 23, 2020 IOL

The historic Ahmed Timol inquest was successful at overturning the apartheid magistrate’s false verdict of suicide and in setting a new legal precedence.

Neil Aggett’s inquest follows on this precedence while Dr Hoosen Haffajee’s inquest will follow this trend later this year in the Durban High Court.