An emotional Dr Albertina Luthuli, daughter of the late Chief Albert Luthuli, has called for an inquest to investigate her father’s death. Speaking in Groutville, north of Durban, on Friday at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and one of the country’s most respected struggle stalwarts, Luthuli said: “As a family we are still in pain and finding closure is difficult.”
Inkosi Luthuli was killed in a freak train accident at his home in Groutville on July 21 1967 in mysterious circumstances.
She said the recent opening of the inquest into the death of anti-apartheid stalwart Ahmed Timol gave the family some hope that they could finally get an opportunity to have her father’s mysterious death reopened.
KZN Premier Willies Mchunu responded to the plea from the family in making a call to President Jacob Zuma to revive the investigation into Luthuli’s death. The commemoration ceremony held under the theme ‘Unity in action and unity of purpose’, was to honour, remember and celebrate the life and legacy of the country’s liberation struggle giant and former icon. - Staff Reporter