53 years since activist [Sulaymaniyah Saloojee] died in custody

Toture Hand In Prison

source: The Citizen
published: 11 September 2017

Saloojee died after falling from a seventh-floor window in Gray’s Building, the then headquarters of the police’s Special Branch.

Saturday marked the 53rd anniversary of the death of anti-apartheid activist Sulaymaniyah “Babla” Saloojee, who, like Ahmed Timol, died while in the custody of the apartheid-era security police.

Saloojee, a close friend of ANC and SACP stalwart the late Ahmed Kathrada, died on September 9, 1964 after falling from a seventh floor window in Gray’s Building, the then headquarters of the police’s Special Branch.

Although the police’s version was that he had committed suicide and an inquest into his death found that the cause of his death was unknown, his family and colleagues believe he was tortured to death by the infamous security policeman “Rooi Rus” Swanepoel, before being thrown out of the window.

Saloojee was the fourth anti-apartheid activist to die in custody and many more were to follow.

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