South Africa’s Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is currently investigating a case in which a South African man reportedly died after he was brutally assaulted by police for allegedly violating the 21-day national lockdown.
This comes at a time the South African security forces have been under the spotlight for allegedly using excessive force to enforce the lockdown.
Reports reaching thisÂ publicationÂ from theÂ Dailyvoice reveal that the now-deceased, Petrus Miggels, 55, was assaulted by some police officers after he was caught on a beer run.
Speaking to the publication, the manâs live-in girlfriend of 20-years, Cecelia Meintjies, said that she was devasted by her boyfriendâs sudden death. She revealed that an injured Miggels collapsed in front of the yard shortly after telling them what had happened.
âThe neighbour approached him and gave him R100 to buy beers and the neighbour said he would give him something. He should not have done it but he went and bought the two beers and then police at the base camp caught him.â
She added that upon his return Miggels told his family what happened shortly before collapsing.
âHe told us they caught him and moered him with a hammer and shocked him with a taser. He was in lots of pain and then he collapsed in the yard. The paramedics came and told us sorry, he is dead. They say he had a heart attack because the police shocked him. I couldnât believe it, he was a healthy man.â
IPID spokesperson, Sontaga Seisa, confirms they are investigating the case and says: We do confirm that we received a report of death as a result of police action in Ravensmead area. We took the case docket for further investigation. No arrest [have been] made.
According to a senior police officer, who asked not to be named, tasers are not police issued and may not be used by regular officers.
âTasers are not issued by the police and may not be used. They should just have arrested him for violating the lockdown. The only officers who are allowed to use tasers are the SAPS Special Task Force.â