Tebogo Msimanga |
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID) on Friday, 11 June 2021 arrested a 28-year old police detective from Barkley East Police Station. The other suspect is still on the run. The pair are facing charges of death in police custody.
It is alleged the deceased, a 25-year old male was detained in Barkley East for a case of murder he allegedly committed in Cape Town in 2020 and was arrested on 08 June 2021 in Eastern Cape.
IPID Spokesperson Ndileka Cola said on Wednesday 9 June 2021, the suspect who is currently behind bars, together with three other police officials, booked the deceased suspect out for investigation at 09:30 a.m.
“As alleged, they took the deceased suspect to the Detectives offices which are nearby the police station to interrogate him. The charge office commander allegedly noticed that the deceased could not walk and was very weak, the two suspected police officers assisted him to walk to his cell, as such the commander documented his condition.”
Cola said during the shift handover, the suspect was found dead in his police cell. The suspect will appear in Elliot Magistrate Court for murder charger on Monday 14 June 2021.