A step to justice as Imam Haron murder to be probed


(Picture: Imam Haron Foundation)

An inquest into the killing of anti-apartheid activist Imam Abdullah Haron has finally been ordered.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has requested that a judge be tasked with the reopening of this case. The investigation is expected to consider expert reports from a state pathologist, and an aeronautical engineer.

The apartheid regime had claimed that Imam Haron who had been incarcerated for just over 120 days had died after falling down a flight of stairs at the Maitland Police Station. The Haron family have said that this is a lie.

In 2017 an inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol found that he was tortured in custody and that police officers had pushed him out of a tenth-floor window. The oppressors had claimed that he jumped.

The families of those killed at the hands of the apartheid regime have long called for their cases to be investigated and for justice to be served. But the ANC-led government has been accused of dragging their feet in holding the perpetrators of apartheid’s crimes accountable.


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