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Inquest finds activist Dr Neil Aggett was killed by security police, not committed suicide

The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid campaigner Dr Neil Aggett has found he did not kill himself but was killed by security police.

Anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett was tortured for three days before his death in 1982. Photo: Wikipedia.

JOHANNESBURG – The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett has revealed he did not kill himself but was killed by security police.

Agget died in custody in Johannesburg in 1982 after being held without trial.

Judgment was delivered in the Johannesburg High Court inquest.

Aggett had worked as a doctor helping black patients during apartheid and had been involved in labor unions, fighting for workers’ rights.

He was arrested along with his partner, Dr Elizabeth Floyd, in November 1981.

He died on February 5, 1982 after 70 days of detention without trial.

Police had argued that he had committed suicide at John Vorster Square police station by hanging himself.

A 1982 inquest presided over by Magistrate Pieter Kotze cleared the police and declared his death a suicide.

However, a new inquest revealed that he did not die by suicide and was killed by police while in police custody.

Judge Motsamai Makume delivered his decision at the Johannesburg High Court on Friday after the two-year-long inquest.

Makume discovered that Kotze was biased and uninterested in finding out what happened to Aggett.

When Aggett failed to regain consciousness after being tortured, he was taken to his cell, rigged and hanged.

It was discovered that he was killed by members of the security branch.

Additionally, shortly before his death, Aggett had been interrogated for 62 straight hours without sleep.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been called in to investigate a murder charge.



Inquest finds activist Dr Neil Aggett was killed by security police, not committed suicide

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