1 June 1983
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.