Cops due in court after suspect dies

2012-02-17 07:23
Pretoria - Four policemen will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of murder and assault, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said.

Three constables and a captain stationed at Diepsloot police station and the Honeydew detective service allegedly assaulted 28-year-old Richard Mahlangu on Sunday, said spokesperson Moses Dlamini.

The officers allegedly arrested Mahlangu and started assaulting him and two other people around midnight. They then drove off with Mahlangu in an open bakkie, said Dlamini.

A few hours later, he was found lying dead in the parking area at the Diepsloot police station.

The IDC launched an investigation after it was informed of the incident, said Dlamini.

"An identification parade was held after which the suspects were arrested by the ICD's investigators," he said.

"The policemen, aged 46, 31, 32 and 33, were arrested with a civilian who managed to escape after being identified in the ID parade. He is currently being traced."

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