Probe after man dies in custody

2012-02-20 07:38

The death of a Boksburg man in police custody is being investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate.

The directorate’s spokesperson Moses Dlamini said a death in police custody and death by police action were being investigated by the unit. The directorate took over the investigation from the police yesterday.

“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,” said Dlamini.

“I can confirm there was a shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning and a man died.”

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

In an interview with the 29-year-old’s 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, Ramdin’s cousins told the family that shots were fired on the corner of Rietfontein and Rondebultweg enroute to the police station.

The report said he was handcuffed when he was shot.

Ramdin’s sister Melody Perumal told 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 of Bramfischerville in Soweto was shot dead allegedly by a policeman.

A 41-year-old student police constable will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court in connection with the murder on Monday.

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