Johannesburg - An investigation into the death of a Nigerian under South African police custody is currently underway, Punch has reported.
According to a Punch report, the deceased is alleged to have been suffocated to death at the hands of police officers in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
An angry crowd is said to have gathered outside a Kempton Park hospital to protest the man's death, following which police dispersed them with the use of rubber bullets.
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Police officials have rubbished the reports, however, saying the Nigerian national passed as a result of ingesting drugs in order to evade arrest.
Robbie Raburabu, spokesperson for the South African Police Investigative Directorate, stated that officials could not provide the public with details but could confirm the man's death.
The body of the deceased has since been taken for autopsy.
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