No answers two months after man’s police custody death

2015-02-16 10:03
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Pretoria - The mother of a Pretoria man who was shot and killed in police custody is still searching for answers two months after his death.

Lindiwe Sithole told Eyewitness News that police had first said her son William had committed suicide and later said he was shot dead while trying to escape.

She said the shirt he was wearing had five bullets holes, four of them in the front.

EWN also reported that officers implicated in the shooting allegedly questioned the same witnesses as the Independent Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Sithole was arrested on 17 December last year, after he was suspected of involvement in a robbery. Several hours later he was dead.

The Star reported in September last year that 337 people died at the hands of police in the six months between April and September 2013.

Ipid also investigated 1 924 cases of assault and 53 rapes by police officers in that six-month period last year.

Ipid also told shocked MPs last year when it said that it was investigating more than 60 rape cases involving police officers, said Sapa.

According to a document tabled by IPID on Wednesday morning at a briefing of Parliament's police portfolio committee, 66 rapes by police officers occurred between April and September this year, compared to 53 rapes during the same six-month period last year.

In November last year, a woman in Saldanha Bay alleged that a police officer raped her when she went to report that she had been gang raped, EWN stated.

Read more on:    police  |  ipid  |  pretoria  |  police brutality  |  crime

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