Nine police officers have appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court, and have been granted bail of R3 000  each on murder charges.

The charges are in connection with the death in custody of one of three suspects in 2018 after allegedly being tortured.

The men who were being questioned were suspected of buying a firearm that was used in a murder. Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson, Grace Langa says the director of public prosecutions gave instructions for the arrests this week.

Langa says more arrests are not being ruled out. It is alleged that officers from the Chatsworth Police Station, Durban Flying Squad, and the organized crime unit arrested the three men at a garage in Chatsworth.

Langa explains.

“The deceased was picked up from the Montford Drive, Chatsworth, together with two more male individuals. They were questioned about the firearm, assaulted, and tortured. It is alleged that on 29 August at about 3 am the deceased collapsed at the station.”

The officers are due back in court next Wednesday.