Gauteng Department of Community Safety
In response to DA questions to the Gauteng Department of Community Safety, it was revealed that at least three people have died in police custody at the Daveyton Police Station since 2012.
In the first instance, Mozambique National, Edmido Macau, is believed to have been murdered by officers who are currently facing a criminal trial; set to begin on 27 July 2015. The Department apparently dismissed the eight concerned officers for misconduct following an internal investigation.
The Independent Police Investigating Directorate
The Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) is also currently investigating the unnatural death in custody of South African citizen Thulani Mokoena, who died at the station on 18 May 2015, and the most recent unnatural death in custody of Mozambique national, Justice Malatji.
Both cases have been returned to the Daveyton detectives for investigation which the DA considers inappropriate as these officials should not be involved in enquiries into their own cases.
These three deaths make for a concerning trend and the DA will be following up with Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, to establish the status of the IPID investigations and whether autopsy reports have been concluded for the most recent two cases.
Protracted investigations only delay the closure which the families and loved ones of the deceased are so desperately seeking.
In the interim, police officers who may be found guilty of foul play continue to manage the safety of the community without consequence.
Should foul play be established in these two most recent cases I will be contacting the MEC and Provincial Police Commissioner for urgent intervention into the Daveyton Police station.
The efficiency of these investigations is key to ensuring that there is never another unnatural death at the Daveyton Police station and that the community can begin to trust their local law enforcement again.
Michele Clarke MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson: Community Safety
060 558 8309