The advocate for the Haron family said the witness and his colleagues were negligent in not providing the Imam with medical attention. ‘…if it had merely been a question of negligence then the crime arising is known as culpable homicide but if it was an intentional act… that then may convert the crime in question to murder.’
Johannes Hendrik Burger, who was a policeman for 34 years, insists he had no idea the apartheid security branch tortured political detainees until September 2020.
‘Dear Shamela, I am writing to you out of jail. I am a political detainee. Don’t worry It’s for a good cause.’
The court heard that Imam Haron’s condition worsened considerably after the apartheid security branch took him from his cell and interrogated him at an unknown location for 62 hours.
‘He was jovial and liked to play jokes on whomever. There were multiple stories about his kindness and laughter from people,’ said Imam Haron’s daughter.
Imam Abdullah Haron’s family members are expected to testify at the fourth day of the re-opened inquest into his death.
The apartheid security police said Imam Haron’s injuries were sustained in a fall. A second expert witness has rubbished the claim.
Security Branch officers maintained that Imam Haron’s injuries were all sustained in a single fall down stone stairs at Caledon Square Police Station.
‘I think we’ve come to this point as a country without instilling a culture of accountability and hopefully by dealing with these cases we can instil a culture of accountability,’ said Nkosinathi Biko in court.
‘I feel that they should’ve done more than what they’ve given us here today in terms of information. There should have been hardcore information,’ said Fatiema Haron-Masoet.
Anti-apartheid activist Imam Abdullah Haron died at the age of 45 in 1969. He was held in solitary confinement for 123 days.