Families demand answers from Ramaphosa on apartheid-era crimes

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source: The Daily Maverick
published: 23 June 2020

Relatives of Albert Luthuli, Steve Biko, Ahmed Timol and Neil Aggett are just a few of the families of activists killed during apartheid questioning why President Cyril Ramaphosa hasn’t acted on their call to investigate the suppression of cases from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Relatives of activists allegedly killed by the apartheid police are demanding that President Cyril Ramaphosa take action a year after their call for a commission of inquiry into the suppression of cases from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has gone unanswered.

In June 2019, around 20 families of anti-apartheid activists, including Steve Biko, Ahmed Timol, Albert Luthuli, Nokuthula Simelane and Imam Haron, wrote to the President.

They wanted him to apologise for the government’s failure to pursue justice for victims of apartheid crimes and to appoint an inquiry into the political pressure exerted on the NPA to drop the investigations. The TRC referred about 300 cases to the NPA to investigate for potential prosecution.

In an open letter to the President on Tuesday, the families said Ramaphosa failed to respond to their requests. The President’s spokesperson had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publishing.

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