A 31-year-old Nigerian man died after allegedly swallowing drugs in Johannesburg, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Wednesday.
Spokesperson Grace Langa said Johannesburg metro police officers were patrolling along Selby on Tuesday, when they noticed a red VW Polo parked, with a window opened as the driver was talking to someone outside the car.
“The driver of the Polo was giving the guy something that looked like drugs. The members approached the Polo and the guy next to the window ran away.
“The Polo also drove off and the police followed the vehicle and stopped it.
“Police searched the vehicle and drugs were found inside. The driver indicated that the drugs belonged to his brother.
“The suspect was arrested and put inside the police vehicle to show the police where his brother was. When the brother noticed the police he ran away, took out drugs from his front body and swallowed them. He then collapsed.
“An ambulance was summoned to the scene and they declared him dead,” she said.
In a separate incident in Kempton Park, Ipid said a Nigerian suspect was killed following a shootout with the police on Monday.
Langa said a police captain allegedly witnessed a shooting incident in Central Avenue, Kempton Park.
“It is alleged that he heard the gunshots looked back and he saw people running away opposite Engen garage and he made a U-turn.
“He further alleged that he saw four suspects carrying guns running towards a white BMW 1 series get into the vehicle and drove away.
“That is when he took out his service pistol 9mm Z88 and fired 3 rounds towards the BMW,” she said.
Langa said the officer tried to chase the vehicle but they escaped and he went back to where the person was shot.
He called the ambulance and that unknown person was certified dead by the paramedics and later he was identified as Ajence, a Nigerian national
She said two sergeants from Kempton Park visible policing heard the lookout message over the police radio and they spotted the BMW on the R24 driving recklessly and they chased the vehicle down. A shootout ensued between the police and the suspects.
“The shooting started from Kempton Park on R24 until near Gillooly’s interchange. Three suspects, all Nigerian nationals, were arrested. The fourth suspect also Nigeria national was found dead next to where the white BMW had parked,” said Langa.
Investigations are continuing.