source: IOL News
published: 1 July 2017
The Timol inquest and Hillsborough arrests are not only about punishing wrongdoing, but also about bringing closure the the families of the victims.
Reputedly, the mills of the gods grind slowly but exceedingly fine. When the perpetrators of wrongs are police officers, it can seem that they grind to a halt.
This week, almost a half century after the events under scrutiny took place, a South African inquest court re-examined the supposed suicide of political activist Ahmed Timol, while held at John Vorster Square police station in Johannesburg. His was one of 73 documented deaths, all inflicted with impunity, in police detention between 1963 and 1990.
Coincidentally also this week, 28 years after Britain’s Hillsborough disaster in which 96 football fans died, criminal charges were brought against six people for what happened there.