Inkantolo Isinqume Ngesishoshovu Ekwathiwa Sazibulala

Written by on 4 March, 2022

By: Bright Ntuli

South Gauteng High Court judge Matsamai Makume says anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett was tortured for not confessing to be part of any banned organisation in 1982.

He was found hanging in his cell at John Vorster Square in Johannesburg in 1982, and an initial inquest ruled his death suicide.

Almost three decades later, based on new evidence, a reopened inquest was ordered in 2019 and commenced on the 20th of January 2020.

In his inquest judgment Makume says Aggett was the first white person to die in police custody during apartheid.

He adds that the police had claimed that the 62 hours of interrogating Aggett was successful because he confessed and implicated a number of his comrades.

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