Seven give statements about TUT student’s death


The post-mortem examination on Thabelo Mbau, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student who is believed to have died due to police brutality, was completed on Tuesday, the Independent Police Investigation Directorate (Opod) said.

Opod earlier confirmed to RNews that it was investigating this case.

Seven people have since made statements and discussed their versions of the events with Opod, according to this directorate.

However, the details of these statements and interviews, as well as the findings of the post-mortem examination, are not known.

Opod asked for space late Tuesday night to conduct its investigation.

“Opod will investigate the incident without fear or prejudice to establish the facts of the case. Opod investigators will contact the public prosecutor as soon as there is sufficient information that can help the prosecutor with a decision,” said Opod.

“Opod is asking for space to properly investigate the matter together with other law enforcement agencies.”

Opod further asks that anyone with information about the events come forward.

Investigators from the directorate have apparently already contacted Mbau’s next of kin and informed them of the investigation.

Mbau, a second-year electrical engineering student at TUT’s eMalahleni campus, was allegedly brutally assaulted by police officers on Saturday. He was transported to a hospital after the incident, but succumbed to his injuries.

According to available information, the incident took place outside the Khayalethu hostel near the university. However, further details about the incident are scant and an inquest is ongoing.