Residents want justice after 'police brutality'

A 22-year-old woman was beaten to death, allegedly by police officers, in Alexandra.

FILE: The Alexandra community is demanding swift action after a woman was beaten to death, allegedly by police.

JOHANNESBURG - The community of Alexandra is demanding swift arrests be made after a 22-year-old woman was beaten to death, allegedly by police officers.

Aphiwe Zweni was beaten last Wednesday while officers were apparently trying to get information from her about her boyfriend regarding a gun and stolen goods.

The mother of one died in her home the following day.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating Zweni's death and spokesperson Moses Dlamini says a probe is underway.

"Immediately when we became aware of it, we sent out an investigator who is gathering information."

Police say a post-mortem will be conducted on the 22-year-old woman today.

This is the latest incident involving alleged brutality by the police.

Almost and a half year ago, Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia died in a police cell after being dragged behind a police van in Daveyton on the East Rand.

Earlier this month the eight officers implicated in his death were fired.

They were dismissed after a disciplinary hearing.