A rape suspect was found hanging in his cell at local police station in the Western Cape, two days after his arrest.
In a statement the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said the suspect was arrested on Tuesday around 6.40am and had appeared at the Grabouw Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where he was remanded in custody until 8 September 2021.
“He returned to Grabouw SAPS for his further detention on a J7, at about 15:10. He was detained alone in his cell,” Ipid spokesperson Grace Langa said.
When SAPS officers visited his cell at about 4.50pm, they found him hanging in a kneeling position.
“It’s suspected that he used his red underwear lace to hang himself. It is also suspected that he attempted to hang himself with a blue shoelace as a broken piece of it was hanging next to the red underwear,” Langa said.
IPID is investigating the incident.