Sun, 01 Aug 2021

  • A 29-year-old man arrested for drug possession and resisting arrest died days after allegedly being beaten by the police.
  • The man's brother photographed and recorded the incident.
  • One of the officers allegedly involved in the assault refused to allow the man's girlfriend, who witnessed what had transpired, to lay a charge.

A postmortem was conducted on Thursday following the death of a man earlier this week after he was allegedly assaulted by the police for being in possession of drugs and resisting arrest.

The 29-year-old suspect was allegedly beaten on 12 June. He died more than a week later.

The assault, said to be at the hands of officers from the Jeppe police station in Johannesburg, took place in front of the man's girlfriend and his brother, said Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Ndileka Cola.

"The brother of the deceased took video footage of the police officers beating his brother and some photos as well. They also took the registration number of the vehicle, which has been confirmed to be from the Jeppe Tracing Team," Cola added.

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The suspect was released after the case was not enrolled in court, she said.

"His girlfriend took him to hospital and [he] was later transferred to a hospital in Mpumalanga, where he passed away."

Cola added the girlfriend attempted to lay a charge against the officers before her partner died.

"The case was not opened as the deceased's girlfriend was served by one of the police officers who allegedly assaulted her boyfriend. He allegedly took [the] J88 form from the girlfriend, destroyed it and chased her away."

She confirmed IPID was investigating the case.

Source: News24

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