Abdullah Haron was killed was in the custody of the South African police. His death caused international condemnation of South Africa's security system. The Reverend Bernie Wrankmore fasted for 40 days on top of Table Mountain, to protest against Haron's death and demand an official inquiry (which was never undertaken).
Haron had been active in several Islamic resistance organisations in the 1960s, and edited the Cape's Muslim News. He was taken into detention as a result of his activism in 1969. Four months later the police announced that he had 'accidentally' died.