10 cops formally charged with murder of tortured detainee

They are accused of torturing and murdering Khuthazile Mbendu who was wanted for theft.

FILE: The officers, who appeared in the Tembisa Magistrates Court, were arrested this morning. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - Ten police officers have been formally charged with murder following the death of a Tembisa man in Ivory Park who died while in custody.

The officers, who appeared in the Tembisa Magistrates Court, were arrested this morning.

They are accused of torturing and murdering 37-year-old Khuthazile Mbendu, who was wanted in connection with theft in the east of Johannesburg.

The group's arrest comes just days after eight former policemen were found guilty of murdering Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate's Grace Langa says the 37-year-old victim suffered serious injuries.

"Apparently they used a shocking device, taser, they also beat him. His knee was broken and he was in hospital for four days."


On Tuesday afternoon Judge Bert Bam delivered the words that sealed the fate of eight former police officers accused of murdering Macia in February 2013.

"I find the accused guilty."

Macia was found dead in a holding cell at the Daveyton Police Station on the East Rand after being dragged behind a police van.

The incident was filmed on a cellphone and the video was viewed around the world.

Bam rejected all testimony given by the eight former police officers throughout the trial.

He said he was satisfied the state had been able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the group assaulted Macia in the holding cell and caused his death.

Having being on bail for the duration of the trial, the judge also told the accused to return to their cells.

"Accused numbers one to eight are convicted of murder and the accused are from now on in custody."

The judge found that all eight former officers foresaw that dragging the Mozambican man behind a police van would result in serious injury and possibly death.


On Wednesday, a video emerged showing Douglasdale police choking a man until he passed out while his friend begged them not to hurt him.

The incident occurred in Fourways last week and follows a recent expose on so-called cop-rage, particularly in the Edenvale area.

While police have confirmed a criminal case has been opened, the video has clocked up nearly 400,000 views on YouTube in the past few days.

A man who's identified himself only as Shane said he and his friend Anton were preparing to go home late on Friday when they were approached by the two Douglasdale police officers.

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Shane said while one officer pointed a gun at his head, the other grabbed Anton and started choking him.

After Anton passed out, Shane said the officer searched his limp body.

"They actually waited for Anton to wake up. I picked Anton up, put him in the boot and they said, 'please don't ever do that again' and they left."

Gauteng police say the matter is being investigated.