22 September 2017

South Africa: History, Suppressed - What Didn't Get Revealed At the Timol Inquest


Perhaps the most mind-boggling of the ANC government's unwritten rules is the one that states: "All apartheid-era political killers shall be let off the hook." In among the documents that didn't get presented as oral evidence during the re-opened Timol inquest in August 2017 was a showdown between a senior NPA advocate and a world-class police and investigations expert. Put it this way: it's another big loss for truth. By KEVIN BLOOM.

"With the re-opening of this inquest, the National Prosecuting Authority has a wonderful opportunity to start afresh and to respond to the pleas of long-suffering families of apartheid-era victims searching for answers and justice."

Thus ends paragraph six of the family's expanded heads of argument in the re-opened inquest of the late Ahmed Timol. Compiled three weeks after the presentation of oral evidence, during which Advocate Howard Varney dismantled the 46-year-old lie regarding the activist's suicide -- here (at 47 minutes), for the viewing pleasure of the country, is the version that suggests Timol was tortured and murdered by the apartheid state -- there is much in the 200-page document that was not argued in court in detail. For instance, the contention that the evidence of the civilian...

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