John Vorster Square Prison and the Tenth Floor – An Eery Emblem of apartheid’s Brutality

John Vorster Square Prison is said to be “a true embodiment of the violence of the apartheid system.” The notorious Johannesburg jail opened in August 1968 and was named after the prime minister at the time. John Vorster later became the fourth president of the apartheid state and was known for his stringent adherence to …

A Call for Justice

After seventeen years of actively seeking justice for the murder of Ahmed Timol, the Timol family might eventually find some peace. They first bought the case to the attention of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in 2002, but the NPA failed to investigate the matter. Eventually, in October 2017, the North Gauteng High Court officially …

Ahmed Timol: 3rd November 1941 – 27th October 1971

Some 47 years ago a meeting was held in Durban to discuss a national day of mourning for South Africa’s political detainees. The meeting was sparked by the death of Ahmed Timol, who had died in police custody on the 27th October 1971. Timol was the 22nd political detainee to die since 1963. By 1990, a further …