Gcina Ntsaluba
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19 Sep 2019
6:05 am

Inquest into Neil Aggett’s death in detention to be reopened

Gcina Ntsaluba

The anti-apartheid activist and trade unionist was apparently murdered by the former security branch while being detained without trial.

Dr Neil Aggett, who died in detention on February 5, 1982 after being arrested by the South African Security Police. Picture: Gallo Images / Sunday Times

The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett, who was found hanging in his police cell on February 5, 1982, will be reopened in the High Court in Johannesburg tomorrow. Judge President Dunstan Mlambo has appointed Judge Motsamai Makume to preside and five weeks have been set aside for hearings. Aggett was a medical doctor and a trade unionist who died aged 28. Police claimed he committed suicide. He had been detained at the notorious John Vorster Square from November 1981 and died under mysterious circumstances after 70 days of detention without trial. The reopening of the...