Parliamentary Question: DoP: Death in police custody

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1010. Mr D J Stubbe (DA) to ask the Minister of Police:

Whether information is available on the number of persons who died in police custody; if not, why not; if so, (a) how many people died in holding cells at police stations across the country in the (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12 financial years and (b) what is the breakdown of the causes of death of persons held in custody for each of these years?

REPLY:
a)
(i) In 2009-10 the ICD received 294 notifications of deaths in police custody,
(ii) In 2010-11 the ICD received 257 notifications of deaths in police custody and
(iii) Statistics for 2011-12 has not been released yet, as it is still undergoing a verification process and approval by the Minister.
b)
(i) In 2009-10 a total of 97 cases were related to injuries sustain in custody, 104 cases were related to injuries sustain prior to custody and 93 cases were due to natural causes.
(ii) In 2010-11 at total of 64 cases were related to injuries sustain in custody, 80 cases were related to injuries sustain prior to custody and 113 were due to natural causes.
(iii) Statistics for 2011-12 has not been released yet, as it is still undergoing a verification process and approval by the Minister.

Reply to question 1010 approved by the Minister

ANNEXURE A: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

QUESTION NO 1010

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 26 APRIL 2012

(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10-2012)

i)

Deaths in police custody 2009/2010

 

 

Injuries sustained in custody

97

33%

Injuries sustained prior to custody

104

35%

Natural causes

93

32%

Total

294

100%

 

Deaths in police custody per province 2009/2010

Circumstances

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LP

MP

NW

NC

WC

Total

Injuries sustained in custody

10

9

23

16

5

9

4

7

14

97

Injuries sustained prior to custody

14

7

29

21

7

14

3

1

8

104

Natural causes

13

5

8

24

12

5

17

9

93

Grand Total

37

21

60

61

24

28

24

8

31

294

 

 


ANNEXURE A: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

QUESTION NO 1010

DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: 26 APRIL 2012

(INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 10-2012)

 

ii)

Deaths in police custody by circumstances 2010/2011

Short description

Number

Percentages

Injuries sustained in custody

64

25%

Injuries sustained prior to custody

80

31%

Natural causes

113

44%

Total

257

100%

 

Death in police custody by circumstances per province 2010/2012

Circumstances

EC

FS

GP

KZN

LP

MP

NW

NC

WC

Total

Injuries sustained in custody

10

4

11

13

4

5

2

3

12

64

Injuries sustained prior to custody

13

5

21

19

5

11

4

2

80

Natural causes

26

3

12

29

15

9

11

4

4

113

Total

49

12

44

61

24

25

17

7

18

257

 

 

(iii)     Statistics for 2011-12 has not been released yet, as it is still undergoing a verification process and approval by the Minister.