A witness has told how he heard a man calling for help shortly before he died following an assault in the Durbanville police cells.
Eben Meyer, 47,
apparently pulled on the cell bars in an attempt to get the attention of police
officers on duty, Die
His blood-covered body was found in the early hours
of Saturday morning in the cell that he was sharing with eight other
Meyer had been arrested at about 01:00 for public drunkenness. He
had apparently gone drinking after a fight with his fiancée.
from Durbanville, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had also been locked up
in the police cells on Saturday evening.
He was put in a cell next to
Meyer’s. He said the men were already assaulting Meyer when he
He saw them kicking and hitting
The witness said, however, that Meyer had
been aggressive following his arrival, swearing and demanding cigarettes, and
hitting two other men. He said Meyer had been looking for trouble.
sad that he died, but he needed a hiding.”
He said it felt like the
assault on Meyer had taken several hours and that he was surprised that the
police officials in the charge office nearby did not come to Meyer’s
The two accused, Daniel Dyosi, 40, and Sipho Mhlanga, 29, were
charged with Meyer’s murder. They appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court
on Monday, where their case was postponed to May 10 for a formal bail