Phillip Mabelane, 95, reads a copy of a 1977 newspaper at his son, Lasch Mabelane's home in Diepkloof, South Africa, on September 29, 2017.n (AFP / TADEU ANDRE)
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HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa: Time is running out for 95-year-old Phillip Mabelane.For 40 years he has waited to discover the truth of how his son died at the hands of police during South Africa's apartheid era.Between 1963 and 1990, human rights activists say 73 people died in police detention, sometimes in circumstances strikingly similar to those of Matthews' case -- for example Ahmed Timol.This year, after battling for years, Timol's family convinced prosecutors to re-open the inquest into the death -- a legal first in South Africa.In the Timol case, witnesses described in detail to a Pretoria court the extreme violence meted out against opponents of the regime.The Mabelane family, like dozens of others who have suffered similar trauma, feel that they have been failed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, in power since the end of white-rule in 1994 .Most importantly, Phillip Mabelane prays that justice will be done while he is still alive.
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