Slain activist's nephew asks Ramaphosa to open commission of inquiry

Slain activist's nephew asks Ramaphosa to open commission of inquiry

- Imtiaz Cajee will ask that Cyril Ramaphosa begins a commission of inquiry into the NPA's handling of investigations into apartheid-era crimes

- Cajee, nephew of Ahmed Timol, alleges that the NPA has been subject to political interference

- He says the prosecuting authority has "betrayed" victims and their families

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Imtiaz Cajee will ask President Ramaphosa to open a commission of inquiry into the NPA and SAPS's failure to investigate apartheid-era killings.

Cajee's is the nephew of Ahmed Timol, and anti-apartheid activist who was murdered by police while in custody. 

Police had initially claimed that Timol had committed suicide by leaping from a window. In October 2017, a court officially recognized Timol's murder.

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Cajee has accused the NPA of failing to investigate and prosecute apartheid-era police officers who were not granted amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation and Commission. Cajee has called the prosecuting authority's failure to investigate a "betrayal" of victims and their families. Cajee's claims echo allegations made in 2015 that the NPA's investigations of apartheid-era crimes had been subject to political interference.

Cajee's request for a commission of inquiry comes after Joao Roderiques, a Security Branch officer who was arrested last year for his involvement in Timol's death, applied for a permanent stay of prosecution. Cajee insisted that Rodrigues had ample opportunity to come forward and tell the truth. Since he had not, Cajee insists that Rodrigues face criminal prosecution.

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Cajee said prosecuting Rodrigues was a way of continuing the mission of the TRC. "That includes bringing to justice those who thumbed their noses at the TRC, which offered them amnesty in exchange for their taking accountability and telling the truth," he said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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