The lawyers for political activist, Imam Abdullah Haron, hope the current inquest will reveal the actual truth about his death.

The hearing got underway in the Western Cape High Court, on Monday.

Almost 53 years ago, the first inquest ruled that he had died of natural causes.

The apartheid police claimed he fell down the stairs while in police custody.

However, his family believes he was tortured, and died due to police brutality.

Instructing attorney, Odette Geldenhuys, says they want to know the truth.

“By having that better understanding will, not only for the family, not only for the Muslim community, not only for the Cape Town community but also for us as South Africans bring a greater understanding of the challenges that we’ve been through – so that we can then reach some equilibrium on how we go forward in the future.”

Image: South African History Online