Aggett ‘killers’ still working for state: Fawu

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - The people responsible for Neil Aggett's death continue doing business with the state, the Food and Allied Workers' Union said on Thursday.

“Some of Aggett's killers were still doing business with the state on security and related services,” Fawu national organiser Lekgotla Morake said.

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Members of the Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) march on Johannesburg Central police station on Thursday, 6 February 2014 demanding a probe into the 1982 death of union organiser Neil Aggett. Fawu members were dressed in red T-shirts bearing pictures of Aggett's face. Aggett allegedly hanged himself while in detention at the Johannesburg Central police station, reportedly following a lengthy period of torture.Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

“We want closure and those who assassinated him should be put behind bars.”

Fawu general secretary Katishi Masemola said the union wanted Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to ensure that those responsible for Aggett's death were brought to justice.

“We repeat our call on the minister of justice Jeff Radebe... to ensure that those responsible for Neil Aggett's death are brought to justice, especially because the suspects or actual killers never appeared in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC),” said Masemola.

Aggett was a medical doctor and trade union organiser who died while in detention in the Johannesburg Central police station, previously known as John Voster Square, in 1982.

He is believed to have committed suicide after a lengthy period of torture.

Johannesburg Central police station commander Colonel Chester Spies said the memorandum would reach the relevant people.

“I would ensure that the memorandum reached the relevant role players... and thank you for your peaceful protest outside the police station,” said Spies.


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