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Rape suspect dies while in custody

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the death of a 28 year old man on 2 July 2018. The man accused of raping a 69 year woman died in the holding cells of the Thembalethu police station only hours after he was arrested.

According to police, 28 year old Bongani Qumbu from Uniondale, kicked down a door to gain access to the home of his victim. Qumbu was armed with a knife and threatened the the 69 year woman before raping her.

It is alleged that Qumbu fell asleep after he raped his victim, which allowed the woman to call for help. Community members came to her aid and took matters in their own hands. It is believed that members of the police had to rescue the man from angry community members and that he received medical treatment before he was taken to the holding cells where he died a couple of hours later.

A police spokesperson said that although the suspect had no visible injuries at the time of his arrest, the possibility exists that he died from injuries sustained when community members attacked him.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.


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