Sipho Mutsi dies in police custody


Sunday, 5 May 1985

Seventeen-year-old activist and leader of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), Sipho Mutsi, died in police custody during interrogation at the Odendaalsrus prison. A lawyer, Richard Spoor, announced that a state autopsy showed that Mutsi had died of brain haemorrhage caused by a blow on top of his head. The minister of law and order, Louis le Grange, ordered an urgent probe into Mutsi's death.

• (Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 245.)

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