Afrikaner Eben Meyer, 48, father of three, beaten to death in Durbanville WC SAPS cell Saturday April 21 2012: worked for courier-company near Ysterplaat Air Force Base.
The Cape Argus journalist Murray Williams reports that Durbanville woman Sylvia Hamman is mourning the death of her fiancé Eben Meyer, 48, after he was beaten to death within half an hour of having been dumped in a police cell on Friday night with eight other men. The fiancee told the Cape Argus she last saw 48-year-old Eben Meyer on Friday morning when he set off to work at a courier company near Ysterplaat air force base. Some 18 hours later, she was informed by police that he had been beaten to death in a cell at Durbanville police station.
Police spokesman Andrè Traut told the Cape Argus on Monday Meyer "had been arrested during the early hours of Saturday morning for being drunk in public".
He was detained and placed in a cell with eight others. “Meyer was assaulted and succumbed as a result of his injuries." He claimed 'it appeared HE had an argument WITH OTHER MEN.' The 'incident' had occurred at around 1.30am within half an hour of his detention. “The two suspects, who were also being detained with him in the same cell for being drunk, are now facing a murder charge,” Traut said.The two suspects are due to make a court appearance in Bellville tomorrow.”
According to a report on Monday, Meyer had been at a well-known pub in Durbanville, and had been repeatedly kicked and hit by his fellow detainees in the police cell.
Hamman said she was “devastated” at the news of Meyer’s death and blamed police.
“It must be investigated. If the police had looked after his safety, he would not be dead today.”She said they had been due to marry in September.
A family member confirmed that Meyer had three children – Naomi, 24, Sonika, 22, and Inge, 17 – from a previous marriage. - Cape Argus http://www.iol.co.za April 23 2012. GOOGLE PAGE ATTACHED.