Scores hurt in Kempton Park riot over man's death in police van

2016-01-23 20:00
(Screengrab from YouTube video by Mikail Reza Patel)

(Screengrab from YouTube video by Mikail Reza Patel)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kempton Park – A riot broke out outside the Arwyp Medical Centre in Kempton Park on Saturday after a man believed to be a Nigerian died in a police van.

Police members were accused of suffocating him, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) confirmed.

According to Netcare911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe, scores of people sustained minor injuries and two others sustained moderate to serious injuries following the riot.

"Reports from the scene are that at least five hundred people gathered near the Arwyp Medical Centre. The cause of the riots are subject for police investigation and comment."

Netcare911 had to be called to the scene and treated several injured, with some taken to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

"Those that were injured were treated for gas inhalation, assault and injuries inflicted by stones," Mathe said.

The crowd had since dispersed.

Earlier, Ipid spokesperson Robbie Raburabu told News24 that police say the man was arrested for possession of drugs.

"As soon as he saw the police coming he swallowed the drugs and overdosed and died on the scene," said Raburabu.

"It was a sizeable amount of drugs."

Read more on:    johannesburg

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.