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Family has no money to bury city man allegedly assaulted by cops

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The Kimberley taxi driver died after he was allegedly picked up by police officers and assaulted.

The deceased’s wife, Dikeledi Motai (maroon dress), and family outside their home. Pictures: Danie van der Lith

THE FAMILY of a local taxi driver who died after he was allegedly forced to drink a bottle of sherry, does not have the money to bury him.

Ohentse Daniel “Matorokisi” Buys died on July 27 near the taxi rank in the Kimberley CBD after he was allegedly picked up by police officers and assaulted.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the incident and stated that it would release a preliminary report once available.

The family hoped to bury Buys earlier this week but did not have the money to do so.

His wife, Dikeledi Motai, said her husband was scared of the police after he was arrested earlier this year and released without being charged.

On July 27, Motai was called to town and told that her husband had collapsed. When she arrived at the scene he was already dead.

She stated that she saw that her husband’s body and head were covered in bruises when she later visited the mortuary.

Buys was the breadwinner in the house and did not have a permanent job.

“It is sad that bad luck followed him while he tried his best to make an honest living,” she said.

She described her husband as a hard-working man who just wanted to raise his seven-year-old twin boys in the best possible manner.

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