A former policeman implicated in the murder of activist Ahmed Timol 47 years ago will appear in court on Monday, in what could be the first prosecution of apartheid-era crimes for which the people involved were not granted amnesty. Should the state win the case, 80-year-old Joao Anastacio “Jan” Roderiques will become the first person to be prosecuted out of the 300 cases that were either refused amnesty or did not bother to apply during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings nearly two decades ago. These cases were subsequently recommended for further investigation and possibly prosecution. A warrant of arrest for defeating the ends of justice has been issued for former security police sergeant Roderiques for his role in Timol’s death in October 1971, according to the Justice and Accountability Network. Roderiques is expected to appear before the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said on her Twitter ac...

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