An awaiting trial detainee was found dead after allegedly committing suicide inside police holding cells at the Bloemhof police station in the North West province on Monday.
According to police the 52-year-old male was arrested on Saturday, 09 January 2016 for a domestic violence related assault charge.
“It is further alleged that he committed suicide after his court appearance on Monday, 11 January 2016 where he was remanded in custody until Wednesday, 13 January 2016 for a formal bail application,” said police.
He allegedly used an inmate’s mattress cover string to commit suicide.
Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) was summoned and an inquest is underway.