Teen hung himself in cell after being arrested for raping 16-year-old girl

A teen detainee allegedly hanged himself using a T-shirt while in prison cell. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) released a report of a suicide committed by the 17-year-old teenager at Pienaar police station.

The deceased was previously accused of rape, murder, and concealing a crime after the death of 16-year-old Nomthandazo Mbatha, who was found in a shallow grave last week.

According to the police officials, the 17-year-old prisoner was found hanging inside a single juvenile cell on Saturday morning. He just couldn’t handle the shock of being the raper and murderer.

“He was set to appear in court on Monday for a social worker’s report and bail application. He was detained alone in a juvenile cell after his first court appearance on Friday April 12,” IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

He was supposed to stand trial on three criminal counts on Monday.

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