Apartheid police killed Aggett – court finds


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The South Gauteng High Court has found that anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett did not commit suicide but was killed by police while in custody.

Judge Motsamai Makume handed down judgement on the inquest that had lasted two years.

Aggett was found hanging in his cell in 1982, at the infamous John Vorster Square police station.

He had been detained for more than two months on suspicion of treason against the Apartheid regime.

The inquest conducted then had ruled out any foul play in the activist’s murder.

Now 40 years later, and Makume had found that the Apartheid judge was biased and did not want to find out what had happened to Aggett.

Makume also questioned why the security branch had travelled to the Western Cape to visit Aggett’s family home to find evidence that supported their claim that he had committed suicide.

He says that this trip proves that the regime was trying to cover up its crimes.

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