On Tuesday, Cassiem Khan, the national IHF co-ordinator, and Muhammed Haron, IHF chairperson said: “We plead to our newly-appointed Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola and related structures that they open all the previous apartheid managed inquests and all unresolved cases expeditiously without families having to knock on the doors of the Ministry.
“The IHF wishes to state that it always maintained the firm opinion that all those individuals, who were detained and who died while in custody during the apartheid era, were cruelly tortured and brutally murdered at the hands of the apartheid regime’s Security Branch members.
“And IHF is also of the view that this is a position that should have been recorded in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report that was eventually made public; this sadly was, however, not to be.”
The IHF said it was “extremely elated” by the recent court ruling in “the interest of justice and society’s need for accountability” regarding the Ahmed Timol case in Johannesburg’s South Gauteng High Court, and that it was that judgment that had encouraged them to try and get the inquests reopened. Haron was 45 years old when he died at the hands of apartheid security police at the then- notorious Caledon Square Police Station in the city centre, now known as Caledon Square, in September 1969.