Thursday, April 26, 2012

Community safety MEC probes death of a man at a holding cell

Lauren Snyders
26 April 2012

After the death of Mr Meyer this past weekend at the Durbanville police station, MEC for community safety in the Western Cape Dan Plato will request that the Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer look into safety conditions at all holding cells at police stations.

The man was held at the Durbanville police station for being drunk in public.

The MEC’s spokesperson Greg Wagner said the MEC will ask the commissioner to asses whether additional precautionary measures need to be taken to ensure the safety of citizens while in custody

Wagner said while holding cells become overcrowded, one cannot operate under the business as usual approach and extra safety measures will have to be urgently investigated.

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