Man shot dead in police custody

2012-02-20 07:44
Johannesburg - The death of a Boksburg man in police custody is being investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate, the ICD confirmed on Monday.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said a death in police custody and death by police action were being investigated by the directorate. The ICD took over the investigation from police on Sunday.

"There are two sides to every story, our job is justice. We must hear the side of the police too before we can make recommendations to the prosecutor," he said.

Nightclub raid

"I can confirm there was a shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning and a man died," he said.

Beeld reported that Rean Ramdin, 29, died after he was shot by a policeman after being arrested during a raid at Presley's nightclub in Boksburg.

In an interview with his family, it emerged that his cousins were with him when he was arrested. They took the keys for the bakkie he had borrowed from his father.

According to the newspaper, his cousins told the family that shots were fired on the corner of Rietfontein and Rondebult Road en route to the police station.

The report said he was handcuffed when he was shot.

Warning shots fired

Ramdin's sister Melody Perumal told the Beeld that the family had been told by police that her brother wanted to escape and warning shots were fired. This was when he was wounded and died.

Perumal said the family had searched for Ramdin after he failed to return home. They identified his body at the Springs mortuary.

"He always had his driver's licence with him. The police knew who he was but they made no effort to inform his family of the circumstances surrounding his death," she was quoted saying.

Last week 16-year-old Thato Mokoka was shot dead, allegedly by a policeman. A 41-year-old student police constable will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court in connection with the murder on Monday.

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