source: IOL News
published: 11 October 2018
It has come 47 years too late, but finally, the wheels of justice have begun to turn in the Ahmed Timol case. It was this month 47 years ago that the Security Branch threw Ahmed Timol either from the roof or the tenth floor of John Vorster Square to his death.
As was the case with the other 73 comrades who were killed in detention, we never expected that we would ever know the truth of what happened to them, as their murderers have maintained a seemingly unbreakable pact of silence.
As ANC veterans of the struggle, we had hoped that the National Prosecuting Authority would pursue the 300 cases referred to it by the TRC for further investigation and prosecution, but we have failed the victims and their families to pursue truth and justice in these cases, and so many more.
In this almost quarter-century into our freedom a number of these murderers have died never having asked for amnesty for their crimes, and never having faced the might of the law. That was the TRC deal – full disclosure of your crimes and you would be shown mercy, otherwise face prosecution. At some point, the NPA will have to account for its failure to pursue justice which was imperative in terms of healing for our nation.
It was some months after Timol was so brutally murdered that we got wind of his fate on Robben Island, and it left us political prisoners shaken and outraged that the regime continued to torture and murder those who opposed the evil of apartheid with such impunity.