The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the death of Tshegofatso Selahle who died after being arrested by metro police in Johannesburg.
The City of Johannesburg says its own internal investigation is also underway.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) claims that Selahle was resisting arrest because he was drunk.
It is alleged that Selahle informed officers that he was struggling to breathe after being put inside a JMPD van.
An ambulance was called but Selahle died before its arrival.
IPID Spokesperson, Sontaga Sisa says they are looking into the matter.
“We are currently in the process of investigating and getting statements from witnesses and eye witnesses. As we speak now, we cannot say exactly what the cause of death is, but there are allegations that the police might have had a hand in either contributing to the death of the deceased. Nobody has been arrested and we are carrying on with investigations.”
The strangest thing about South Africans, those in Jozi in particular is how Tshegofatso Selahle was beaten to death by JMPD and there is not as much uproar as when non-South Africans beat up the police or when they… https://t.co/btmC5FS9Lc
— Ndimlo uPiaba kaMadokwe (@PiabaMadokwe) August 21, 2019
Tshegofatso Selahle was killed by the authorities, says the autopsy.
— The Vendalist (@CadreFloyd) August 21, 2019
What investigations do you need to do #JPMD? Tshegofatso Selahle was taken into your custody and alleged autopsy shows he died from severe beating. If this is indeed true, you’d better be arresting some of your staff!!! This is outrageous. https://t.co/EuARlIzVEh
— Wayne Duvenage (@wayneduv) August 21, 2019
In 2009 working at the SABC I had two close friends I spent my lunch hour with. Wednesdays definitely belonged to Sifiso Ntozakhe, no matter what! Tshegofatso Selahle and I it was every other day, but Fridays was especially our day.
And both have been tragically killed in 2019💔
— Zamani Khethelo (@ZamaniNKhethelo) August 21, 2019