South Africa judge rules police murdered anti-apartheid activist in 1971

Officers from feared security branch said Ahmed Timol killed himself, but judge concludes they were responsible in historic ruling

The murder was committed 46 years ago, but for the relatives, campaigners and veterans of the brutal struggle for a free South Africa who crammed into a nondescript courtroom in Pretoria on Thursday, the need for justice was more urgent than ever.

When the judge, Billy Mothle, delivered his judgement in the North Gauteng high court, there was applause and cheers.

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