Anti-Apartheid activist Ashley Kriel’s murder investigation to be reopened

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After calls to have the murder case of anti-Apartheid activist Ashley Kriel reopened, police will finally look into the case again, reports EWN.

The publication states that in a statement made on Monday by the Western Cape ANC Youth League, the news of the investigation was welcomed. The youth league also wished for the deaths of other anti-Apartheid activists to be reopened.

Kriel was killed on July 9, 1987 in Athlone. His family has been waiting for 33 years for justice to be done. The Kriel family told IOL that they have always believed he was murdered.

The publication reported that earlier this month, forensic investigator David Klatzow concluded Kriel was murdered by security police who fabricated a cover-up story to the TRC.

The ANCYL’s Muhammad Khalid Sayed told EWN, “Since 2018, we made a commitment at the gravesite of Ashley Kriel to fight for the reopening of the investigation; we made a call to the (NPA) to reopen the investigation. We have been engaging with the family and they have been waiting for far too long. But we are very please.”

The Hawks started their investigation on Monday. IOL reported that investigating officer Captain Ali Mosegela flew in from Pretoria to head up the case in Cape Town.


  1. I listened to your podcast about Ashley Kriel today while I was driving to work and it hit home that, at 46yrs old, I know more about the history we were taught at school than the history of our own people. Thank you for your insights and the podcasts. It has opened up a whole new perspective on the history of our people.

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