3 Constables in court for torture of 41 year od male in Msinga, Kwazulu-Natal

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) last night arrested 3 Constables for the murder of 41 year old Philani Malinga in Msinga in June 2015. The suspects made their first appearance today at the Msinga Magistrates Court on charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice. The case was postponed to 12 August for a formal bail application. The suspects are in custody.

It is alleged that on 03 June 2015 around midnight, the 41 year old male was sleeping at his place of residence at Umsinga Top at KwaNocomboshe area. He was surprised by unknown police officials in full uniform, who demanded an illegal firearm from him. They took him from his room and woke up his grandmother in order to obtain the key for the rondavel within the same premises. He was handcuffed from behind, taken inside the rondavel and the grandmother was chased away to go back to sleep. The victim was allegedly then tortured inside the rondavel. The grandmother was called back and showed dagga, which was supposedly found in the victim’s possession. It is alleged that the police informed the victim’s grandmother that they were taking the victim with them but that she found her unconscious grandson in the rondavel, as she was trying to lock it. The victim was taken to the Church of Scotland Hospital, and he was declared dead on arrival. The Post Mortem was conducted and it confirmed that the cause of death was consistent with suffocation and assault.

Issued by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

For enquiries:
IPID National Spokesman
Moses Dlamini
082 781 7112