Fourth officer arrested in Muden torture case

Fourth officer arrested in Muden torture case

A fourth policeman's been arrested in connection with the death of a suspect who was allegedly tortured in the Muden police cells. 37-year-old Mbongiseni Ndlela succumbed to his injuries earlier this month. 

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The Muden-based warrant officer made his first appearance before the Greytown Magistrate' Court shortly after his arrest yesterday.    

A bail application for his three co-accused - who were all arrested last weekend - was originally set down for yesterday, but has now been adjourned to tomorrow.   

All four will appear in the dock together on charges of murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and defeating the ends of justice.  

IPID's Moses Dlamini says directorate head, Robert McBride was at court yesterday.

"He encouraged IPID investigators involved in the case. He also spoke out against the use of old apartheid torture tactics and implored police officers to use modern methods to solve crime," he said.

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