JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Claims by the country's most prominent independent pathologist that police are guilty of a pattern of torturing and killing prisoners have added fuel to African National Congress accusations that security forces are fomenting violence to support white rule.
The pathologist, Dr. Jonathan Gluckman, opened his files on more than 200 cases of prisoners who died in police custody and said they showed a police force "totally out of control."
"Ninety percent of the people in these files, I am convinced, were killed by the police," he said.
It was not clear over how long a time period the 200 cases occurred.
The most recent case, the pathologist said, was the death on Thursday of a man from the black township of Sebokeng who was found dead of suffocation at the police station hours after being arrested at his home.