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Tutu Legacy Foundation welcomes reopening of Dr Aggett inquest

By: stagedoorscribbler - January 28, 2020

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has welcomed the reopening of an inquest into the death in the 1980s  of anti-apartheid activist Dr Neil Aggett.
A hospital doctor who championed the rights of workers, Aggett died in police custody in February 1982. An inquest at the time dismissed evidence of torture and assault and returned a verdict of suicide.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission headed by Archbishop Tutu long ago listed the case as being among 300 apartheid-era murders that should face further official investigation.
Last week a statement from the Tutu Legacy Foundation said of the suicide verdict: "For the past 38 years, this finding has been rejected by all who knew Aggett and/or had knowledge of security police methods. Now, finally, the finding is to be tested."