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Last updated: 17 October 2016

FAWU Commemorates Ashley Kriel`s 50th Birthday and Welcomes Reopening of Case

17 October 2016

Born on 17 October 1966, a then 20- year old Ashley Kriel, an inspiring and iconic young political activist from Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats was killed by the apartheid police on July 9, 1987. He would have celebrated his 50th birthday today. He will be remembered for his relentless fighting spirit against the apartheid regime. Politically conscious at a very young age, he joined the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC) as a teenager with sheer determination to fight for the liberation of black South Africans and to bring about change in the oppressing conditions of apartheid back then.

Young Ashley died brutally at the hands of the apartheid police and Jeffrey Benzien, testified to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1997 that the young Ashley was shot during a scuffle in a safe house at the time. Benzien received amnesty in 1999 but to this day the case had a lot of uncertainties and contradictions over what exactly transpired that day. His family believes that he was tortured and murdered by the state police and that the truth about that fatal day has not really been adequately investigated. The family has always insisted that the case should be reopened and the Hawks finally announced in March 2016, that it would be reopened as new details might have been discovered. We believe that justice will prevail and the truth about the young icon`s killing might finally be uncovered.

We salute Ashley Kriel for his selfless and militant stance against a regime that seeked to oppress blacks in the country. We will remember your youthful spirit as we continue to fight for liberation in all spheres in society.

Released by FAWU media officer, Dominique Martin (082 498 5631)

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