An investigation has been lunched by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate after a KwaZulu-Natal man died after he was allegedly assaulted by police officers who accused him of having a firearm.

It is alleged that officers were following up on a tip-off that the man was in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Ndileka Cola, Ipid spokesperson said officers went to the man’s girlfriend’s house in the KwaNongoma area in northern KwaZulu-Natal, where they demanded to know where the firearm was.

Cola said the man denied having a gun and officers reportedly locked the man inside a room.

Cola said “It is alleged that the man was heard crying in agony and after a short while, police left with him. He was handcuffed. The officers did not explain where they were going or why they were taking the man. They just left”.

She said the deceased was brought back a short while later and was weak and vomiting blood. Those at the house realised that the man’s situation was deteriorating, rushed him to a local clinic for medical attention.

Cola said “The man was transferred to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries”.

She said an investigating team from Ipid will attend a post-mortem session on Tuesday in KwaNongoma.

Cola added that “The team will then gather all necessary information and evidence as part of the investigation process that will inform any action and recommendations by by the directorate.