Inquest into the Death of Dr Neil Aggett

The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg is currently hearing evidence in the inquest of Dr Neil Aggett, who died whilst in police custody in February 1982. Aggett had been detained for 70 days prior to his death, which the police claimed was as a result of suicide. His family deny that he took his […]

The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma

On Friday the 15th December 1989 Doreen Mgoduka woke up to discover that her husband, Glen, hadn’t returned from a meeting he had gone to the previous evening. Ordinarily Doreen’s morning ritual involved her sitting down to watch the breakfast news show, but that Friday, with her husband on her mind, she skipped the news. […]

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 […]

Dr Alexander Lionel Boraine: 10th January 1931-5th December 2018

One wouldn’t imagine that a member of ‘the last white parliament’ of South Africa would be heralded as a hero of the democratic movement, but anyone who knew Dr Alex Boraine, who sadly passed away this week at the age of 87, knows the truth of this statement. In the words of columnist and lawyer, Judith […]

The TRC Twenty Years On

This week marks twenty years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) presented its final report. The TRC began formal hearings on the 15th April 1996,  receiving submissions for amnesty from ordinary citizens, members of the police, former members of government, as well as ANC comrades. Out of 7112 petitioners*, 5392 people were refused amnesty, with […]