source: IOL News
published: 30 September 2021
The criminal trial against apartheid-era security branch officer Joao Rodrigues, for the murder of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, was struck off the roll in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Timol’s nephew Imtiaz Cajee confirmed this to Independent Media this afternoon. “I can confirm to you that the case was removed from the court roll today. I was there,” Cajee said.
He also said Rodrigues was expected to make his 20th court appearance in 3 years and 2 months for the murder of Timol. Cajee said the sad reality was that the criminal justice system has failed them.
“In such a lengthy period his criminal case could not commence. The state must take responsibility for it.
“And the question to be asked is whose interest that they are serving between the victims of apartheid and the perpetrators. Their actions demonstrate that they are not looking after the interests of the victims and that is why this man could evade his criminal charge.”
He noted with concern that Rodrigues’s legal cost were paid by the taxpayers.
“It raises serious concerns and the government must be held accountable. They must take responsibility that the man got away with the murder of my late uncle.”
The Ahmed Timol Trust had indicated in a statement issued on Wednesday that the criminal trial would be removed from the court roll. This was after Rodrigues died on September 7 without having [ever had] his day in court.