Lukhele claimed in his statement that police repeatedly shocked him and demanded that he admit to the crimes and said that Mkhatshwa had implicated him.
“They continued electrocuting [shocking] me.”
He alleged officers stood on his neck and back demanding he admit to the killing and that when he again denied his involvement they took him to a toilet which he was made to sit next to, facing up, while an officer stood on his handcuffed hands and another poured water over this face with a bucket “demanding I tell the truth”.
“They put a plastic bag against my face and suffocated me. This was done many times ... I lost consciousness.”
Lukhele said when he regained consciousness “I was made to sign a certain paper without explanation”.
He alleged that on the second day of his detention officers told him they were giving him a chance to come clean and that there was a team of officers who would hurt him worse than what he had already endured.
“I maintained my innocence.”
Mkhatshwa: 'I was suffocated and shocked'
Mkhatshwa, in his statement, claims on the day of his arrest he was awoken during the early hours of the morning by police beating on the window of his home threatening to shoot him if he did not open up for them.
“When my wife asked what they were beating me for they insulted her and told her that they didn’t care that she was pregnant and that they would beat her as well.”
Mkhatshwa claims he was forced to take them to the homes of two of his friends, including a teacher who was later arrested at a nearby school.
He said they were taken to a police station, where his interrogation and beatings continued.
“I was asked questions such as why I thought the police were there. I informed them that I was not aware, as they had not told me. The beatings then started all over again, [with the officers] saying I was making them [look like] fools.”
Mkhatshwa said officers did not believe him when he told them he worked for the Ekurhuleni municipality and questioned him over his money lending business.