WATCH: Inquest into death of Ahmed Timol resumes


The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist,Ahmed Timol, resumes in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.



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JOHANNESBURG – The re-opened inquest into the death of Ahmed Timol will get under way at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.


After Timol died, the police claimed his death was guided by a Communist Party document that encouraged activists to commit suicide rather than betray their comrades.He died in police custody 45 years ago.

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The anti-apartheid activist was a young teacher from Roodepoort and a member of the communist party.


The official report states that Timol committed suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of John Vorster Square.

But, his family launched its own investigation which uncovered new evidence. His family, comrades, and friends believe he was either pushed out the window or thrown out after being tortured to death.

The re-opened inquest heard five days of evidence in Johannesburg last month.

Among the witnesses was Dr Essop and renowned activist and lawyer George Bizos.