Apartheid Museum

Political Executions

Under apartheid's various terrorism laws, 131 government opponents were executed.

The state claimed that many others committed suicide in detention. At least some of these were tortured to death.

Quick Facts

  • Pretoria Central prison was the main site of executions.
  • On 3 July 1964, five members of a family including a father, three sons and an uncle were executed.
  • While police claimed Ahmed Timol committed suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of John Vorster Square, a second inquest found that he was murdered.
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