‘Police beat up my son at show’: mother lays charge of assault

2011-06-16 00:00

YET another case of alleged police brutality against youngsters during the 10-day Royal Show has emerged. This time the alleged victim is an 18 year-old matriculant who claims the assault has affected his ability to write exams after a tendon in his finger was damaged.

Hazel Jones opened a case of assault last month claiming that police chased her foster-son, Tyron Ndaba, from the Royal Show, took him to an undisclosed location and pistol-whipped him.

Jones said she is not satisfied with the pace the case is going.

Ndaba told The Witness that he and a group of six friends between the ages of 15 and 18 went to the Royal Show on May 28. After an hour one of Ndaba’s friends started arguing with his girlfriend and they were approached by police officers. Ndaba said the police manhandled his friend while the rest of the group were escorted out of the showgrounds.

“They told us that we were disturbing the peace,” he said.

One of his friends, angered about being thrown out before getting his money’s worth, swore at the police and kicked the tyres of the police van. The teenagers decided to wait outside the showgrounds for the friend to be released. Then several police officers came after them.

“A police officer riding a motorbike caught up with me. He started kicking me on my leg and asked which direction my friends went.”

A few minutes later, Ndaba said, a police van pulled up next to him. The two officers inside allegedly told him that if he ran they would shoot him. He put his hands up in surrender.

“They jumped out of the van and started to bang my head against the van. One officer klapped me on the cheek.”

Ndaba said the assault continued when he was taken to an undisclosed location and struck on the head with the butt of a gun. When he shielded himself with his hand, his fingers were snapped back, damaging a tendon.

Jones said it worries her how police would treat a case against one their own because an officer refused to take a statement .

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that police are investigating a case of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

If any contravention of the police code of conduct and regulations is found to have been committed, Jeevan said, the necessary criminal and disciplinary action will be instituted against the officers concerned.

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