Pathologist expected to testify at re-opened inquest into Hoosen Haffejee’s death

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Pathologist Dr Shakeera Holland is expected to testify on Wednesday in the re-opened inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist Dr Hoosen Haffejee in police detention in 1977.

Haffejee’s body was found hanging from his cell door at the Brighton Beach police station in Durban.

Magistrate Trevor Blunden ruled in the initial inquest in 1978, that the numerous injuries on Haffejee’s body had no bearing on his cause of death – which he found to be hanging.

Holland is one of two pathologists who re-examined the original medical evidence.

The Haffejee family contends that the 26-year old anti-apartheid activist was strangled and that he could have died from the injuries sustained while being tortured.

The inquest is being conducted by Judge Zaba Inkosi in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

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