Nigerian union to assist in probe into alleged murder in Kempton Park

The union will assist in tracking down witnesses who say cops beat up & suffocated an alleged drug dealer.

FILE: Police clashed with Nigerian residents living in Kempton Park on Saturday 23 January.Picture : Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG -The Independent Police Investigative Directorate ( Ipid) says it is working with the Nigerian union to track down eyewitnesses who say they watched police beat up and suffocate an alleged drug dealer to get a statement.

Ipid met with the Nigerian union and police representatives on Wednesday where the Nigerian union pledged its cooperation and assistance to police investigations.

On Saturday, police shot rubber bullets and used stun grenades when residents threw stones and glass bottles, demanding justice for the man's murder.

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Ipid has launched an investigation into the man's death with police claiming that the man overdosed on drugs when he was arrested.

Spokesperson Robbie Raburabu says they have already taken some statements from eyewitnesses and are calling for anyone with information to come forward.

"We spoke to the Nigerian union to make those guys that are alleged to be witnesses & saw what happened, come forward. We have made an appeal to them to say if you know anything, if you have seen anything approach the union and the union will approach our investigators."