Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), is investigating a case of a man who was found hanging in his cell at the Inanda Police Station.
IPID spokesperson, Grace Langa, said they are treating the matter as a death in police custody.
Langa said the 25-year-old unknown African man entered the police station on Tuesday around 5pm while his right little finger was bleeding.
“(He was) shouting, saying he wanted to kill his family members as they had assaulted him,” said Langa.
“The said the man could not be interviewed to get his details and the full story as he was uncontrollable in the community service centre. It is alleged that he behaved (like he was) very intoxicated and smelt of liqour.”
Langa said police officers tried to control the man and they told him to wear a mask but he refused and responded very angrily.
“It is alleged that the members managed to hold him and put him in a temporary cell to process him for refusing to wear a mask and causing a disturbance or disorderly behaviour,” said Langa.
Shorty after booking him in the temporary cells, police found the man hanging by his belt. He was alone in his cell at the time, said Langa.
He was certified dead by paramedics.
IPID attended the scene and are investigating.