Three KZN cops arrested for allegedly killing a man in custody

2011-07-12 07:25

Three KwaZulu-Natal police officers have been arrested for allegedly torturing and killing a man in custody, police watchdog the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said yesterday.

They allegedly used a plastic bag to suffocate several men at the Harburg police station’s holding cells last month while searching for cigarettes the prisoners had apparently managed to smuggle in after an earlier court appearance, spokesman Moses Dlamini said in a statement.

“The police officers wanted to find out who had smuggled the tobacco, so they started assaulting the detainees in an office,” he said.

One of the men died.

ICD investigators found the bag used.

Warrant Officer SC Ngcobo and constables MF Xaba and SG Ntuli were arrested on Friday and appeared in the local magistrates court on charges of murder, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and defeating the ends of justice.

They were granted R5 000 bail each and required to hand in their service firearms.
The case was postponed to August 8.

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