21 Durban cops now charged in murder, torture and kidnapping case

  • A total of 21 Durban cops have been implicated in the murder, torture and kidnapping of 32-year-old Reagan Naidoo.
  • He was allegedly assaulted and collapsed in police custody before dying in hospital.
  • Three more officers appeared in the Durban Regional Court on Friday in connection with the incident.

Three more Durban police officers were arrested and charged on Friday in a 2018 murder, torture and kidnapping case, bringing the number of cops implicated to 21.

The three cops are among a group of police officers arrested for the murder of Reagan Naidoo, 32, who was picked up by police on 28 August 2018 and died after allegedly being assaulted.

Rajan Sanders, 47, Riyadh Adam, 39, Devendra Chetty, 49, appeared in the Durban Regional Court on Friday and were released on R3 000 bail each.

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Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Grace Langa said the number of arrests has continued to increase as more information on the matter comes to light.

“The number increases because as we keep arresting, more information emerges and with some approaching the investigator to come clean and explain what they know,” Langa said.

Sanders, Adam and Chetty will appear in court again on 29 October to plead to the charges.

Timothy Naidoo, the father of Reagan Naidoo says he hopes justice is met out for the sake of his son’s life.

Eric Morjane, 44, Mlamhli Ntutuka, 39, Andries Botes, 46, Ralph Ogle, 43, Eric Karsen, 39, Muhammed Raoof, 52, Pushpanthan Pillay, 48, Sihle Ngidi, 39, and Trevor Chetty, 44 were charged earlier, while another group of nine officers were arrested last week for the same case.

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Cedric Ian Pillay, Xolani Quinton Sosibo, Malcolm Naicker, Ugeshan Govender, Proshen Lutchman, Kubendran Kisten, Christopher Kistan, Idrin Maistry, and Brian Naidoo were arrested and also released on R3 000 bail each.

The accused cops include ordinary police officers, members of the Durban K9 Unit, Chatsworth Trio Crime, Durban Flying Squad and Provincial Organised Crime Unit.

Langa said Reagan Naidoo was picked up because a firearm had allegedly been sold to him “after it was used in a murder”.

She said he was picked up at a Caltex filling station on Montford Drive in Chatsworth, together with two men known as Ahmed Dawood and Fardeen Carrim. They were being questioned regarding the firearm.

During questioning, police officers allegedly assaulted Naidoo and the two men.

Langa said on 29 August 2018 at around 03:00 Naidoo collapsed at the police station. He was then taken to RK Khan Hospital in a police vehicle and was declared dead on arrival.

According to GroundUp and its investigative journalism partner Viewfinder, police in Chatsworth were implicated in at least 14 killings, 46 assaults, six rapes, and five torture cases between April 2012 and March 2020.

During that period, according to Viewfinder’s database, no police officers were disciplined or convicted.

A further 12 people were also reported to have died in police custody at Chatsworth during the period under review.

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Publish date : 2021-10-01 11:05:35

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