Foreigner found dead after police raid

Mahikeng - A Nigerian man was found dead in Rustenburg after a drugs raid on a house, North West police said on Tuesday.

The alleged assault happened on Monday, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

"It is alleged that police went to the victim's house searching for drugs... and allegations are that the man was assaulted by police after the search," he said.

Later, officers from the Rustenburg police station were responding to a call about public violence when they found the body outside a house.

"The deceased was found lying on the ground with white foam coming out of his mouth with no physical injuries on his body," said Ngubane.

A case of murder was opened and referred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for investigation.

"At this stage the information is sketchy to confirm if indeed the deceased was assaulted or murdered by police," said Ngubane.

"The outcome of the investigation will confirm or rescind this allegation. The police will co-operate and allow Ipid to do their investigation."

The cause of the 37-year-old's death was not yet known.