Ipid investigates into increase in police brutality cases


The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) probing into different police brutality cases.

Ipid spokesperson Ndileka Cola said there was an accumulation in cases that the directorate is working on and plans have been made in order to eradicate the increasing number of police misconduct cases.

Ipid condemns this conduct. Furthermore, the directorate is working with SAPS (about) the professionalism of police officers through station lectures, educating the police of the mandate of Ipid and implications of transgressing the laws,” said Cola.

In the most recent case, police in Heidelberg were faced with investigation into what caused the death of two prisoners in custody.

Henry Oktober, who died in hospital due to alleged police brutality, mentioned the names of the officers that brutalised him. He was apprehended and kept into police holding cells over the night for getting drunk in public, while another man was discovered hanging in a holding cell at the Heidelberg police station.

SAHRC Commissioner Chris Nissen paid a visit to the area and mentioned that the rise in cases against police is something to be concerned of.

Those people must face the full might of the law and therefore we are urging and working with Ipid to say please do a thorough but a rapid investigation into all of these cases,” said Nissen.

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