Eight Police Officers Arrested In Gauteng After Killing A Suspect In Custody

Paramedics were called to the scene, however, the suspect was certified dead. The members then took the two remaining suspects back to Lenasia Police cells in the early hours of 24 February.

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) arrested eight police officers on Monday afternoon 1 March 2021 for allegedly murdering and torturing suspects whilst they were in police custody. The suspects were arrested for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and dagga.

It is alleged that on 23 February 2021 around 21:00 police members from Soweto Crime Intelligence Gathering Unit booked out three suspects from Lenasia Police Station to Protea Police Station.

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As alleged, the police officers interrogated the first suspect, however, while they were interviewing the suspect, he collapsed due to a seizure.

Paramedics were called to the scene, however, the suspect was certified dead. The members then took the two remaining suspects back to Lenasia Police cells in the early hours of 24 February.

“Due to the significant disjuncture between the police version of what transpired and that of the two surviving suspects as well the fact that IPID was never called into the crime scene, the Directorate has reconstructed the crime scene to establish the facts of actually occurred in that crime scene,” said IPID National Spokesperson Ndileka Cola.

The Directorate is also appointing a private pathologist to get a second opinion on the actual cause of death. In the meantime, the investigation process continues. At around 1:25 on Sunday 28 February 2021, police officers were on patrol in Phumla Street in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein when their vehicle was shot at in an apparent ambush.

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Both police officers were killed on the scene and robbed of their official firearms, SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said. Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape police Major General Thembisile Patekile has since instituted the 72-hour Activation Plan with immediate effect in order to mobilise various police units to apprehend those responsible.

Western Cape Minister of Community Safety Albert Fritz said; “I unconditionally condemn the shooting and killing of two police officers in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein on Sunday. SAPS have instituted a 72-hour action plan in search of the perpetrators. An attack on our police service is not only cowardly but further an attack on the state and must be treated as such,” he said.

Anyone with information that could assist SAPS in their investigations is urged to immediately come forward and report such either to their local SAPS, call Crime Stop on 08600-10111 or use the TipOff function on the MySAPS cellphone application.

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