VERDICT: Ahmed Timol Was Murdered

Post Mortem Department Of Forensic Medicine And Pathology University Of Witwatersrand

Post Mortem Department Of Forensic Medicine And Pathology University Of Witwatersrand

He found that Joao (Jan) Rodrigues, the former security police pay clerk who told the court he had seen Timol jump up and dive out of the window without saying a word, had been brought in at a later stage by the security police to cover up Timol's murder and that he had repeatedly perjured himself.

Judge Billy Mothle has ruled that the late anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol did not commit suicide, but was rather pushed to his death by apartheid security branch police officers.

The original 1972 inquest had found that Timol had committed suicide by jumping from the 10 floor of the John Vorster Square police building.

The public gallery of courtroom 2-D was packed to capacity with members of South African Communist Party in attendance.

He said the reopened inquest, which was the first of its kind in South Africa, also highlighted the deaths of other political detainees who died in police custody and whose families were still searching for the truth.

Mothle said Timol was assaulted and tortured from the day he arrested until he died. The Timol family refused to accept that story and thousands of South Africans also believed that Timol had been murdered.

Over the course of the inquest, forensic pathologists testified that Timol's body was covered with external and internal injuries that were consistent with severe torture.

Forensic pathologists testified that Timol suffered serious injuries to his head and leg that were incompatible with his fall, and that would have made it hard for him to climb onto the window sill and jump. Blood vessels to the kidney were severed, leaving the Kidney floating in the body.