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World News of Friday, 13 October 2017

Source: bbc.com

Anti-apartheid activist 'pushed' from police building

Anti Apartheid Activist  123 Timol's nephew, Imtiaz Cajee, holds a portrait of his uncle

A judge in South Africa has ruled that prominent anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol had been murdered after being pushed from a police building, overturning a 1972 ruling that he had jumped from the 10th floor and had committed suicide.

Timol's death in police custody in October 1971 had caused global outrage, and his family had been campaigning since the end of apartheid in 1994 for the inquest to be reopened.

His family rejected the findings of the original inquest, saying it was a cover-up by the apartheid regime.

Timol died six days before his 30th birthday.

This is the first time since the racist system of apartheid ended that a new inquest into the death of an activist has been held.

Mr Timol's relatives put intense pressure on the democratic state to re-open the inquest after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission - set up to investigate apartheid era atrocities - failed to investigate his death.

Timol was thrown out of this building