Timol - Quest for Justice: Ahmed Timol's Life and Martyrdom

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Ahmed Timol is one of the most celebrated official murder victims of apartheid South Africa - in the grim company of Solwande 'Looksmart' Ngudle, Joseph Mdluli, Dr. Hoosen Haffejee, Steve Biko, Neil Aggett, the Imam Haron and so many others. The technique of 'defenestration' being teasingly dangled and sometimes dropped, by accident or on purpose, from a high police window was immortalised in his own death. So was the chilling term that Security police would use to mock his fate, 'Indians can't fly', as George Bizos has noted. This was, evidently, the timbre of their humour. Ahmed Timol plunged ten storeys and hit the ground under bushes at Johannesburg's notorious John Vorster Square, named after apartheid's worst securocrat, the man who introduced the torture laws as Justice Minister in 1963, before becoming apartheid Prime Minister.