‘Police beat us for no reason’

2010-07-14 00:00

A MAN is recovering at the Daymed Private Clinic after he was brutally assaulted, allegedly by police officers in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Lucky Mhlongo and two friends were returning from a wedding in Ashburton.

On Richmond Road, a marked police vehicle intercepted their vehicle at about 2 am.

“I was taking my two friends to Imbali township when the police blocked us at Richmond. The last thing I remember was seeing these white officers pulling us out from both sides of my vehicle. I also noticed one African lady, also in police uniform, and that was it,” says Mhlongo.

“There was no time to ask questions as the officers punched and kicked us all over.

“The least they could have done would have been to tell us what we have done wrong,” he said on his hospital bed.

Mhlongo alleges that during the torrent of blows and kicks from the officers, his bracelet, company cellphone and money went missing. He says his friends also lost their belongings.

They were taken to Alexandra Road police station where a charge of drunken driving was opened against him.

Somehow his girlfriend heard about the incident and rushed to the police station at about 4 am where she paid R500 bail for his release. Seeing the state he was in, she took Mhlongo to Day-Med.

Mhlongo says that since they were not carrying any weapons he cannot understand the reason behind the brutal force used by the police.

“In our case no questions were asked, we were just dragged out of the vehicle and were beaten and kicked.”

His girlfriend says that when she arrived at the police station she asked to see the officers who had brought them in.

“The officers were dumbstruck and a commander sent them to attend to other matters. That was just to relieve them from answering my question and till now we don’t know who brought the accused in. They did not deserve this brutal treatment,” says the girlfriend.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the Alexandra Road and Mountain Rise police stations have no knowledge of this incident or any cases lodged between the two parties.

She said the allegations will be investigated.

 

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