Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
9 Sep 2021
7:50 am

Apartheid’s criminals continue to die before being held to account

Bernadette Wicks

Time is robbing the families of many victims of apartheid of closure and justice.

Former apartheid police officer João Rodrigues. Image: Twitter/@SACP1921

Time is robbing the families of many victims of apartheid of closure and justice as alleged perpetrators continue to die before they are held to account. In 2018, former Security Branch cop Joao Rodrigues was finally charged with the murder of Ahmed Timol, offering the struggle activist’s family a glimmer of hope that justice might at long last be served. But Rodrigues died this week with the case yet to go to trial, dashing that hope and giving rise to new fears of justice delayed becoming justice denied for victims of apartheid-era crimes. “With each passing day, what one is...