The South African Independent Police Investigative Directorate has opened an investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of a Nigerian in the custody of the police.
According to eyewitnesses, the Nigerian national was allegedly suffocated to death by the police in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
Members of the Nigerian community protested outside a private hospital in Kempton Park. Hundreds of police officers were reported to have used rubber bullets to disperse the angry crowd.
Reports by news website, eNCA, quoted eyewitnesses who said they saw Kempton Park police officers arrest and suffocate the Nigerian.
In a video posted online, some of the aggrieved protesters carried placards and chanted songs in solidarity with the deceased Nigerian.
Nigerian protesters. Source: Naijagist.com
One of the angry protesters said he saw the police officer who suffocated the Nigerian.
“We need no more black police…. Is that how the whites trained them? As professional police, they are supposed to arrest and take the person to court and allow the law take its course. We need justice in this country. Mandela fought for peace and justice, but the black police are abusing it. Take that from me.”