The man who was arrested alongside late anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol in 1971, took centre stage at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday and Tuesday during the first sitting of the inquest into his death.
Salim Essop recounted painful memories of the torture he endured in the hands of the apartheid security police, after he and his friend Timol were held in custody.
On Tuesday Essop took the court back to 1971 when he relived his experience of being detained at John Vorster Square on Commissioner Street. The High Court in Johannesburg conducted an inspection in loco at the police station, where detainees were allegedly tortured and "died mysteriously" in custody in the hands of apartheid police. Watch above for more.
Timol's death was ruled a suicide in 1972. However, a private investigation launched by Timol's family uncovered new evidence, which it presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, asking for the inquest to be reopened. The NPA agreed.