Accused cops intimidate detective in brutality case

Eyewitness News has learnt the I/O was threatened by police officers who are out on bail.

10 police officers accused of torturing and killing an Ivory Park man, Khuthazile Mbedu who died in hospital last year, four days after being arrested for car theft. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that the investigating officer working on the case involving 10 police officers who are accused of torturing and killing an Ivory Park man, has been threatened and has asked for extra protection.

Khuthazile Mbedu died in hospital last year just four days after he was arrested for alleged car theft.

The 10 officers are out on R2,000 bail each and have indicated that they intend to plead not guilty.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed the incident that some of the officers were spotted outside the investigating officer's house, but spokesperson Grace Langa did not go into details due to security concerns.

"They went to her residence where she lives and they were walking around there."

She added that it may have been to intimidate the investigating officer, and said these threats will stop Ipid in making sure that officers are prosecuted.

The State together with the watchdog did not oppose bail earlier this month.

The officers are due to appear in the Tembisa Magistrates Court next month.