FAMILY SUSPECTS FOUL PLAY IN SON’S POLICE CELL DEATH
The grieving family of a man who allegedly committed suicide while in custody is taking the police to task over his death.
The Seladi family in Sefhare Village has launched a spirited independent investigation into their son’s death after his body was kept in a mortuary for 23 days following the alleged suicide without informing the family.
A threat to kill suspect, Emmanuel Moshap, 28, was summoned by the Sefhare police and transferred to Machaneng police station where he allegedly hanged himself with the hem of a blanket.
“I went to Machaneng and the police told me my son had committed suicide. They also told me that they had already taken his corpse to the mortuary before they could inform me.
“That was when I started to suspect foul play. I asked them to show me where the incident happened and then I was left with more questions than answers.
How did he reach the ceiling to hang himself when there was nothing in the cell to step on, for example? ” Seladi queried
In his quest for answers Seladi says he has taken the matter to his lawyer Duma Boko and has since hired a private pathologist to do a postmortem.
“We will await the results of the postmortem before going ahead with our legal action against the police.My son’s soul will not rest in peace because he suffered. I will not give up until justice is done,’ he said.
Meanwhile Senior Superintendent Dipheko Motube of Botswana Police has reiterated the police claims that the man killed himself.
“Investigations in this matter are continuing and we are still awaiting the postmortem results,” Motube said.