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.
related: ‘white SA men are often arrested on trumped-up charges, dumped in police cells with black inmates and raped.’
Picture: EBEN MEYER WAS 'FALLING DOWN DRUNK' AT PUB WHERE POLICE ARRESTED HIM AT 10PM.
A local pub-customer sent Farmitracker this picture of Eben Meyer, taken slumped over at the pub just minutes before he was thrown out of the pub - indeed so drunk he could not walk, the photographer reports. Yet the SA police claimed Meyer had been 'beaten to death in a police cell' within half an hour of his arrest just after this photo was taken, claiming that he had 'had a fight with cellmates'.
The photographer wrote us:
"This photo of Eben Meyer was taken at the Stones pub in Durbanville at 9:28pm 20April2012 were he was resting on his arms on the bar. He was thrown out about 9:40pm as he tried to stand up but he fell"...
The photographer wrote: "When I got to Stones at 9:20pm I saw the police patroling in the parking area at Stones. Eben Meyer was picked up by the police before 10:00pm when he was thrown out of Stones. He was so drunk but should have been taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. I still have the foto and the time and date when it was taken with my Black Berry."
After his murder, the Cape Argus journalist Murray Williams interviewed Mr Meyer's fiancee, Durbanville woman Sylvia Hamman,writing that she was ' 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.