An inquest into the death of Ernest Dipale, who had died in custody at the Johannesburg Security Police headquarters, John Vorster Square on 8 August 1982, found no-one criminally liable for his death. Dipale was arrested under the new Internal Security Act and charged with furthering the aims of a banned organisation, the African National Congress (ANC). He allegedly hung himself with a strip of blanket from a cell window three days after being detained. Dipale was the forty-seventh person to die in detention. The Internal Security Act authorised the minister of justice to detain persons considered to be a threat to the security of the state, or the maintenance of public order.
• South African History Online, ‘Ernest Dipale dies in detention’, [online], available at www.sahistory.org.za (Accessed: 2 May 2013)
• South African History Online, ‘Ernest Moabi Dipale’, [online], available at www.sahistory.org.za (Accessed: 2 May 2013)
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