The Department of Home Affairs presents a programme on Good Citizenship in honour of Marhoom Ahmed Timol.
The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Ms Fatima Chohan will host a public gathering that focuses on Good Citizenship and Human Rights at Azaadville on Saturday 2 December 2017. At the event, she will hand over smart ID cards to the family of the late Ahmed Timol, a prominent freedom fighter.
Last month, a court found that Timol was murdered in October 1971 and did not commit suicide, as the apartheid courts declared at the time. Timol fought for justice and human rights for all.
The extension of identity cards and other documents to all South Africans, is a tribute to people like Timol, Oliver Tambo, Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela, and many other freedom fighters. ID documents were denied to most South Africans in the past.
In 1994, the process was started to restore the dignity of black South Africans and ID documents became available to all. Smart IDs which are more secure and manageable, were introduced from 2013.
More than 8 million South Africans now have smart IDs. The Deputy Minister will talk about the role of the Department in restoring dignity and what the struggles of the Timols and others mean for South Africans in 2017.
The event will be attended by comrades, family and friends of the late Ahmed Timol, representatives of government and civil society and residents from a range of communities, especially Roodepoort and Azaadville, where the Timols and many others have their roots.
The event will be a step in the journey of bringing closure in one of the many tragedies from our dark past.
Venue: Ahmed Timol Secondary School, Azaadville
Date: 2 December 2017, Saturday
Time: 19H30 PM
For more information, contact Mansur Jaffer on 084 661 5216 or Khomotso Ramalepe on 060 974 9879