The Investigating Police Investigative Directorate has arrested five police officers in Vredenburg, Western Cape, in connection with the murder and assault of Jason Heyns, who died in hospital last month.

The IPID said the arrest of the five police officers comes after the directorate’s rural strategic interventions investigative work on the case.

He died seven days later in the hospital.

Ndileka Cola, IPID spokesperson said the police failed to report the matter to the IPID, but the family alerted the directorate and an investigation ensued.

Cola said “SAPS failed to report this incident as required by the IPID Act, the directorate later learnt through the deceased’s family which reported the death as a result of police action case on the 03 November 2020.

“IPID conducted an indepth investigation into this incident which led to the identification and arrest of the five members today”.

The police officers were arrested on Wednesday and are expected to appear in the Vredenburg Magistrate Court on Thursday, where they will face a murder charge.

Constable Derrick Johnson and Constable Abraham Dintwe, both formerly were convicted of murder and torture at the same court earlier this month.

Johnson and Dintwe, with inmates, had assaulted and tortured Sebediela in police cells, leading to his death.

Police had arrested Sebediela, who was 43, after he was suspected of stealing his brother-in-law’s TV set in 2018.

Cola also said “IPID welcomes sentencing of the pair and hopes that today’s outcome will send a strong message to all police officers that they are not above the law, they have a responsibility to respect the laws of the land as they discharge their constitutional duties”.