Ahmed Timol. Picture: AHMED TIMOL MEMORIAL WEBSITE
Ahmed Timol. Picture: AHMED TIMOL MEMORIAL WEBSITE

Former security branch officer Joao Jan Rodrigues, the last person to see activist Ahmed Timol alive, cut a pathetic figure during cross-examination in the high court.

This brings back terrible memories to me of the reign of terror apartheid police unleashed on defenceless black people during the 1970s.

The tragic irony for Rodrigues is that the presiding judge is a black man who most likely was a recipient of the atrocities apartheid police committed. Rodrigues would never have imagined today’s events during his active working life. I therefore hope that those plundering the state resources of defenceless taxpayers today are aware of Mark Antony’s speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones."

Pumezo JonasPort Elizabeth

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