source: Eyewitness News
published: 17 August 2017
A former security branch police officer has told the High Court in Pretoria that an administration clerk would have never been ordered to guard over a high-profile detainee like Ahmed Timol.
This was the evidence of former lieutenant Seth Sons in the inquest into Timol’s death.
The anti-apartheid activist died in 1971 when he fell from the 10th floor of the John Vorster Square Police Station.
Former sergeant Jan Rodrigues, a former salary clerk at the security branch, claims he was instructed to guard Timol when he dived out of a window to his death.
Sons, a former security branch lieutenant who commanded a small group of non-white police officers, was surprised to hear an administration clerk would be tasked with the responsibility of guarding a detainee, let alone Timol.