Ipid investigates Splashy Fen police brutality case

4 officers were arrested & are accused of killing a man & assaulting another in Drakensberg.

FILE: 4 officers were arrested & are accused of killing a man & assaulting another in Drakensberg. Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - Police brutality is back in the spotlight after the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid)'s confirmed that four officers have been arrested for beating a man to death and assaulting another in Himeville, Drakensberg.

It's understood the man was at the Splashy Fen Music Festival with friends in April last year when the officers locked him up in the back of a police van and drove around the area before picking up a second man from his home.

They then drove to an isolated area where they took turns assaulting the two for several hours.

The officers drove one of the men home and detained the other in a holding cell at the local police station where he later died.

This year alone, the police service has seen eight of its own convicted for killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, 10 others apprehended for allegedly assaulting and torturing Ivory Park resident Khuthazile Mbedu and now four are in court accused of beating one man to death and assaulting another.

The Ipid Robbie Raburabu says the four officers in the Drakensberg case are now out on bail and expected back in the dock later this month.

"The matter has been remanded to 29 October."

He says the case against the 10 officers in the Ivory Park attack is now ready for trial.

Meanwhile, the eight convicted officers in the Macia murder trial are expected to be sentenced next month.