By Mbali Sibiya
Former Minister, Essop Pahad, told the court that he did not believe Ahmed Timol was capable of committing suicide.
Pahad took the stand on Tuesday, in the Timol inquest, looking into the apartheid activist’s death in 1971.
Timol’s family, along with other comrades in the struggle, has denied the suicide report, alleged by the special security branch as his cause of death.
The state has subpoenaed various witnesses to take the stand including, Pahad, who knew Timol from childhood.
The former minister told the court that Timol would not kill himself because of his faith. Pahad said Timol had reasons to want to stay alive.