Forty years after police killed Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko, no one has been prosecuted. That’s despite five officers being denied amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Custody Deaths & Abuse
Saturday (9 Sept 2017) 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.
Party-goer Adrian McDonald died in the back of a police van after being Tasered by an officer and bitten twice by a police dog, a tribunal heard. Police deployed a dog and used a Taser after Adrian had barricaded himself inside a flat.
The family of Edson da Costa, a black man who died after being restrained by police in East London, are launching a campaign this week for the officers involved to be suspended pending investigations into his death.
The Ahmed Timol inquest has concluded with the prosecution and the anti-apartheid activist’s family asking the Pretoria High Court Judge Billy Mothle to reject the by the apartheid security branch cops and the finding of the first inquest.
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.
Over the last 8+ years 4WardEverUK has compiled one of the largest single online listings of the annual United Families & Friends Campaign protests. UFFC is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in custody.
The figures have been revealed in the aftermath of the death of Coventry man Darren Cumberbatch, which is now being investigated by Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).