Stanley Dladla to sue over arrest

2011-07-29 00:00

PROMINENT businessman and former mayor of Uthukela District Municipality Stanley Dladla says he is suing the police for R1 million for unlawful arrest.

He has instituted legal action through his attorneys.

He was arrested in Sunnyside, Pretoria, with six other men, including his son, last Thursday, on suspicion of dealing in gold and diamonds and possession of illegal firearms.

It was later discovered that the firearms were licensed and that there was no evidence pointing to illegal dealings in gold and diamonds.

Dladla told The Witness yesterday the friend who was with him during the arrest is a legal diamond trader.

The charges were withdrawn by the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Dladla, who has already applied for a licence to trade in gold and diamonds, said he was humiliated and degraded infront of his son.

“Despite the fact that we produced the licences for the firearms we were still arrested.

“After we have been locked up the police brought us out again to be photographed by journalists and the police made a mockery of us. I’ve never been humiliated this way,” said Dladla.

He said he was in Pretoria with his friend to learn the gems trade.

“To be handcuffed is a humiliation in itself and all this happened in front of my son. The police have dented my image and my reputation. What infuriates me is that the way this happened would seem as if people from KwaZulu-Natal cannot trade with gold and diamonds,” said Dladla.

He said his two firearms were taken for ballistic testing.

Sunnyside police spokesperson Warrant Officer Asnath Malatsi said it was within the police’s rights to detain the men until Monday, as by Friday the police were still investigating.

On Tuesday, the court withdrew the charges.

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