Court hears of inmates bruises before death

2012-05-16 12:12

Johannesburg - A prisoner in a KwaZulu-Natal police station's cells has told the Ramsgate High Court that a fellow inmate looked bruised before his death, the Witness reported on Wednesday.

Sandile Shozi testified on Tuesday in the trial of detective constables Mlungisi Eric Msomi, 32, and Sifiso Eugene Cele, 38, for the January 2011 death of Njabulo Khambule at the Msinsini police station.

“When he removed his t-shirt, his body was blue and had marks from being beaten. He could not eat on his own," Shozi said.

Attorney Larry Seethal questioned whether the inmates would have been able to see Khambule's arrival at the cells with the two policemen.

Judge Greg Kruger ordered a visit to the police station. The visit corroborated Shozi's evidence.

Another witness, Sakhile Ngcobo, testified: “He was handcuffed. His hands and face were swollen. He couldn’t stand up and they started hitting him on his knees with the truncheon.”

On Monday, the accused pleaded not guilty to charges against them. They remain out on bail.

  • Peter - 2012-05-16 12:43

    Criminals enforcing criminals, sad but true

  • lskosana3 - 2012-05-16 12:49

    I'm glad to see that more of these criminals are being taken to task!

      Mark - 2012-05-16 12:57

      Which criminals are you talking about Iskosana, the ones in blue?

  • Leon - 2012-05-16 14:06

    Yes murder is wrong! If found guilty! But am I supposed to feel pity or sorrow for the criminal now? Well I’m sorry but I don’t think I do! What was the criminal accused of, murder? maybe rape? Yes the police are supposed to protect us and to be honest I am a little scared of the police myself, case in point! But we are desensitised by all the violent murders and violent robberies we see, hear or experience self every day. So I guess it is understandable that I don’t feel sorry that there is once less criminal in South Africa.

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-16 14:26

      leon do you know that there are many ppl who have being tortured to death either by police or fellow inmates for them to self-incriminate at the protection of "bra whoever" 's criminal offences. this is Mzanzi

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-16 14:21

    we cannot correct criminality with criminality. you know why ppl cannot change from their criminal acts. some are given criminal right to such an extent that they own prisons, thus why they do not have fear to be imprisoned. the ones that are tortured are not real criminals, take my words. real criminals are worshiped by police, no police can touch a ral criminal. he might be a murderer maybe unfortunately. the ones that you think the police should protect you from are the one the police are helping to inflict harm on you. think twice before you think the accused we doing their job. do you know that you can be tortured or be killed to conceal the real criminality.

      Sematla - 2012-05-16 15:54

      So our prisons are full of fake criminals so to say? I think you must book a cell yourself because your claims are criminal.

  • Sematla - 2012-05-16 15:54

    Moer hulle polisie..

  • Musa Mahlangu - 2012-05-16 16:39

    Tis is so SAfrican , we don't give a damn about police wrongs or brutality except if it serves a political or racial purpose ie Mdlu. These people can be so hypocr

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