CAPE TOWN - Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has asked the judge presidents of the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal divisions to reopen the inquests into the deaths of anti-apartheid activists Neil Aggett and Hoosen Haffejee, his office said on Friday.
"The minister’s decision is in terms of Section 17 A of the Inquest Act No 58 of 1959 and follows an application by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for the reopening of an inquest," it said.
The ministry recalled that it had authorised the NPA's request in April, under then justice minister Michael Masutha, and said it wished to stress that the authorisation remained in place.
Lamola said his administration was committed to ensuring that the justice system dealt expeditiously with cases that came before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to probe apartheid era rights abuses.
“It is of paramount importance to society that justice is not seen as a mythical concept, but it must be seen to be done.