‘Racist metro cops beat me up’

2014-11-10 00:00

A DURBAN woman wants answers after she was beaten up, allegedly by two Metro Police officers in what appears to have been a racist, homophobic attack.

Samukelisiwe Shezi (32) from Westville claims that after getting lost she reversed onto an

island and this caught the officers’ attention.

They stopped on the side of the road and allegedly swore and kicked her in the face while pointing guns at her brother-in-law and her friend, who were also in the vehicle.

Metro Police spokesperson senior superintendent Eugene Msomi, confirmed they were investigating Shezi’s allegations.

“We are giving this kind of complaint the highest priority as we abhor such behaviour by our members. If found to be true, we will apply the severest deterrent possible,” said Msomi.

Shezi, a sports promotion officer, said she was driving from Pinetown to her brother-in-law Sthembiso Malinga’s Westville house with her friend, Vela Mncwango, on November 2 when she took a wrong turn.

She was driving on Caversham and Underwood Road at about 10 pm when the alleged incident happened.

“My brother-in-law was giving me directions to his house. I took a wrong turn so I switched on my hazards and reversed,” she explained.

She said two Metro Police officers then approached her window, and Shezi claimed that she got out of the vehicle to talk to them.

“I tried to explain that we were lost, but before I could finish my sentence, [one officer] started beating me up. The other one was pointing a gun at my friend and brother-in-law’s faces.

“I fell down, and the officer continued kicking my head with combat boots and insulting me saying they didn’t understand if I was a male or female,” she said.

Traumatised, bleeding and fearing for her life, Shezi lay on the ground in a foetal position with her hands covering her head.

“My brother-in-law and friend were too afraid to take any evidence. They feared being shot.”

She believed that the attack was “clearly a racially motivated crime by white officers on black people because they also called us k*****s”.

“How do people who are supposed to be protecting me, injure me and threaten my life?” asked Shezi.

Shezi’s friend Sthembiso Malinga said he was still shocked at the incident. “I really don’t know why they beat her up. We were so scared,” said Malinga.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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