SAPS probes notorious cop and his former boss in test case for police accountability

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has initiated a departmental investigation into the alleged involvement of Athlone police Sergeant Giovanni Gabriels in the torture and killing of 36-year-old Adam Isaacs. Isaacs was arrested on suspicion of drug-related crimes by a team of police officers led by Gabriels, and backed up by the army, on 26 January 2020. He was admitted to hospital the following day, and died from blunt force trauma injuries ten days later.

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SAPS probes notorious cop and his former boss in test case for police accountability

A screengrab from Viewfinder’s production for Carte Blanche which aired on 30 January. Police commissioner Khehla Sitole has announced that departmental investigations are underway into Sergeant Giovanni Gabriels (right) and his former boss Athlone station commander Colonel Mark Adonis (left). The South African Police Service (SAPS) has initiated a departmental investigation into the alleged involvement

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