Jhb Central Police Station.Formerly known as John Vorster Square where Ahmed Timol died

Indians cannot fly – Special Assignment 3 July 2017

INDIANS CAN’T FLY – Special Assignment broadcast on 03 July, 2017

Ahmed Timol's ID document
Ahmed Timol’s ID document

46 years since Ahmed Timol died in police custody, an inquest into his death has been reopened. In 1971, 29-year-old Ahmed Timol, a Roodepoort teacher and anti-apartheid activist fell from the 10th floor of the security police building in Johannesburg. The security police coined the phrase ‘Indians can’t Fly.’ The initial police inquest concluded that Timol committed suicide while under interrogation, but questions remain whether he may have been pushed, or tortured to death and thrown from the window.

Pascal Moloi.Former detainee at John Vorster Square where he was tortured
Pascal Moloi.Former detainee at John Vorster Square where he was tortured

Special Assignment brings you the riveting, internationally acclaimed documentary, INDIANS CAN’T FLY, directed by award winning director Enver Samuel. The film aims to make the general public aware of the heroic deeds of a true South African Unsung Hero.

Jhb Central Police Station.Formerly known as John Vorster Square where Ahmed Timol died
Jhb Central Police Station.Formerly known as John Vorster Square where Ahmed Timol died

It has been suggested that the roadblock at which Timol was captured five days before he dies, was set up specifically to trap him – which could mean his murder was premeditated by police. Nobody responsible for his capture and interrogation has ever been held accountable.  The documentary is seen through the eyes of Imtiaz Cajee, Ahmed Timol’s nephew.

The documentary was an official selection at the Durban International Film Festival and the Toronto South Africa International Film Festival 2015.

Wall of Remembrance at Freedom Park
Wall of Remembrance at Freedom Park

In 2016 it won two South African Film & Television Awards.