The short answer is, he was an anti-Apartheid activist, medical doctor and unionist who was found hanging in his cell in Johannesburg's John Vorster Square, whilst in security police custody on the 4th February 1982.
If you read Beverley Naidoo's biographical account of Neil's short life, "Death of an Idealist: In Search of Neil Aggett", you discover that his brief 28 year life started in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising, consisted of grand days at Kingswood College in Grahamstown and many a happy day spent with friends in a vegetable garden.
Beyond that, the question highlights one simple fact; many who sacrificed their lives for our liberation have been forgotten and unless you are willing to search deep and far, some of these histories will remain dormant. Worse yet, another question remains, the principles they fought and died for, are these the principles our political leaders carry into the second decade of our democracy?
Three organisations: Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) South Africa, the University of Witwatersrand Department of Family Medicine, and the Neil Aggett Support Group ensured that the tall, dark-haired and bearded activist will never be forgotten.
This past Friday, October 4,...