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By Alfred | Jun 04, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

POLICE detectives have been accused of dragging their feet in investigating their colleagues who allegedly beat a suspect to death.

Three months ago police allegedly tortured Abram Moraba of Mhluzi, near Middelburg, to death.

No investigation has been conducted or anyone charged.

Moraba's wife, Emma Mahlangu, has accused the men in blue of protecting their colleagues who "killed my husband".

She said her husband, a traditional healer, was dragged from his home in handcuffs and paraded in the street while the cops beat him up.

Mahlangu told Sowetan yesterday that on February 21 police stormed into their Middelburg house and accused her husband of having an illegal firearm.

"They kicked the door down and without saying anything started assaulting him. They then accused him of having an unlicensed firearm and told him to show it to them.

"What surprises me is that they did not even search the house."

She said when her husband insisted that he did not have a gun, they handcuffed him, loaded him on to a bakkie and drove away with him.

Mahlangu said she and the children were forced to witness her helpless husband being dragged into the street by police, who kept on demanding that he give them gun.

"When I tried to plead with them not to beat him, they threatened to assault me as well."

She said before he was taken to Middelburg police cells, Moraba was coughing up frothy bubbles and his head was so swollen that his face was no longer recognisable.

Mahlangu said when she went to the police station to check on her husband the following day, she was told that he was not there.

"Later that evening two detectives, one of whom I knew, came to tell me that my husband had died."

The independent complaints Directorate said Moraba was a suspect in an armed robbery, house-breaking and theft case.

It said a postmortem report revealed that Moraba had been severely tortured and he died because of internal injuries.

It added that it was unable to tell how far the case was because the investigating officer was on leave.


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