The postmortem conducted on Imam Abdullah Haron’s body was highly inadequate and did not provide insight into the actual cause of his death.
This is the determination of forensic pathologist, Dr Itumeleng Molefe.
She is providing her insights at the inquest into the Imam’s death.
Molefe says that the report makes no attempt to determine if the bruising on the Imam’s body had caused damage to his kidneys.
If these organs had failed, it would have had led to the Imam’s death.
Yesterday, the court heard how the injuries the Imam had sustained, and the claim that he had fallen down some stairs, were also inconsistent.
This is adding to the long-held belief that the anti-apartheid activist was brutally beaten, which eventually led to his death.
Molefe also noted that several days prior to the 27 September 1969, Imam Haron had complained about a headache, chest, and stomach pains.