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Nine Chatsworth police officers have been arrested and charged with the murder of a man they had allegedly assaulted and killed after they took him in for questioning regarding a firearm that had been used to commit a murder.
Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Grace Langa said in a statement this week that the police officers had been arrested for the 2018 murder of the man they had picked up and taken to the Chatsworth police station.
The nine officers, Malcolm Naicker, 39, Ugeshan Govender, 39, Proshen Lutchman, 30, Cedric Ian Pillay, 35, Xolani Quinton Sosibo, 35, Kubendran Kisten, 39, Christopher Kistan, 50, Idrin Maistry, 36 and Brian Naidoo, 53 were arrested and appeared in the Durban Magistrates Court for a bail application on Thursday.
Langa said that the state had alleged that the SAPS police officers attached to the Durban K9 Unit, Chatsworth Trio Crime, Durban Flying Squad and Provincial Organised Crime Units had picked up the man on 28 August 2018 at around 10pm. They had picked up the man for questioning regarding a firearm which had been sold to him after it was used as a murder weapon in another local case.
“The deceased was picked up from a Caltex Garage on Montford Drive Chatsworth together with two Indian males known as Ahmed Dawood and Fardeen Carrim,” Langa said.
“They were being questioned regarding the firearm. During questioning the deceased and the two other Indian males were assaulted by members of the SAPS. They were then taken to the SAPS Chatsworth for further questioning,”
Langa said that the man had collapsed at the police station in the early hours of the next day at around 3am
He was then taken to RK Hospital in a police vehicle and on arrival he was declared dead,” Langa said.
Langa said an instruction that the police officers should be arrested for the alleged murder had been issued this week.
“The office of the DPP issued (the) instruction that arrest should be executed,” Langa said.
Police swooped on the officers who were stationed at the SAPS Chatsworth police station and arrested them at 7am on Thursday. They later appeared in the Durban Magistrates Court on where they were granted bail of R3000 each.
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