Mboweni wants ‘xenophobic police’ better trained

2013-12-31 00:00

TITO Mboweni, former governor of the Reserve Bank, vented on Twitter against what he termed xenophobic police.

“I am now gatvol with the zenophobic (sic) police. How many times must my son be arrested for being of dark completion (sic)? Will now abuse my power!” he tweeted on his Twitter handle ‏@tito_mboweni52m.

This after his son Tumelo (24) was pulled from a taxi and threatened with deportation because of his dark complexion.

Tumelo said he was in a taxi on his way from Alexandra to Sandton last week when police pulled the vehicle over.

“A police officer pointed at me between the other passengers and ordered me to get out of the vehicle.

“He then searched me and aggressively demanded to see my passport. He wanted to know where I came from. When I told him I was from Sandton he kept asking me where I really came from.”

Tumelo said the police officer then arrested him on a charge of being in the country illegally and threatened to deport him.

“It was a humiliating experience. The police were not polite, but treated me like a criminal. They were not willing to listen to me or hear my explanation,” Tumelo said.

Tumelo said the police officers had refused to identify themselves when his mother later arrived with his ID document. One of their colleagues also threatened to arrest his mother when she wanted to take a photo of the arresting officer.

Tumelo said the police had arrested him on a previous occasion in the Johannesburg CBD for the same reason.

His father then had to make a statement at the Johannesburg Central police station that Tumelo was indeed his son.

“The police is supposed to protect the society — not to harass society,” Mboweni said.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila did not respond to questions at the time of going to print.

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