Two cases are being investigated by the SA Police watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in Western Cape of two murder suspects found dead in different locations in their holding cells.
On Saturday in Paarl, one of the 2 suspects who was arrested for murder was found lying in his holding cell dead a day after his arrest.
Ipid is under the obligation to probe the case at hand though the directorate is under the impression that the Paarl victim died from injuries he sustained during a mob attack.
The second of the two murder suspects was also involved in a similar incident in Mitchells Plain where he was discovered in a police holding cell on Saturday morning.
The suspect initially survived the attack on him as he was declared okay by the paramedics who treated him only for him to found dead in his holding cell the following morning. The actual cause of death is yet to be determined.
Ipid’s Robbie Raburabu said,
“He was treated and paramedics declared him okay. The following morning it was discovered that he died in his sleep. A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of death.”
Meanwhile, the recent murder of a 16- year old white South African Franziska Blöchliger and the various steps taken by the police and the court to solve the case has been subjected to racial criticisms especially after the family of a Khayelitsha teen who was murdered and shoved into a toilet bowl last week raise alarm that their daughter’s case was abandoned.
The family of the teenager whose half body was shoved in a toilet lamented that the police had abandoned their daughter’s murder case which occurred just a week before the murder of the 16-year-old White South African took place.
The Khayelitshan family said they saw how the murder case of Franziska was handled by both the police and the public, then they realized why it was so. Family member Dan Mtana said:
“We saw the Tokai murder on television, but it made us realize that no one cares about us, because we are black.”