Woman cop runs amok

2011-07-19 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG policewoman is expected to appear in court today after she allegedly assaulted, swore at and threatened a Northdale family at gunpoint, apparently over an SMS carrying sexual undertones.

One of the family’s sons was arrested after the drama.

The distraught mother, whose name is being withheld to protect her son’s identity, told The Witness that the police officer and her husband arrived at her home at about 6.30 pm on Thursday, asking for her 15-year-old son.

The family did not know who the woman was since she was not in uniform.

When the teen went outside the police officer allegedly punched him in the face, kicking him and throwing him against the wall.

The mother, who was at work at the time, said the boy’s 18-year-old sister went inside to call their 27-year-old brother.

When he tried to stop the beating the officer’s husband hit him with the butt of the gun.

The couple, who both had their guns out at this time, allegedly followed the 27-year-old inside the house, trying to break down the door where he was hiding for safety.

After another daughter, aged 21, came home and asked what was happening both daughters were assaulted, their mother said.

“My daughters were shoved, poked in the forehead and called k*****s. My family was humiliated … The rights of my children were violated in their own home,” said the mother.

A witness said the incident caused such a disturbance that most of the neighbours came out to see what was happening, but were too scared to intervene.

“All we could do was scream. But when she [the police officer] told her husband to fetch a bush knife and sjambok from the car, people told him to run for his life,” said the witness.

Neighbours claim that the woman sped off in a police van with flashing blue lights after radioing for back-up. The assault allegedly continued after two more police vans and a private car arrived.

The mother told The Witness that she has since found out that the woman was angry about an SMS apparently sent by her 15-year-old son to the officer’s daughter, allegedly with sexual undertones.

The mother said her family were ridiculed and told to shut up before they could get any assistance when they tried to open a case at Mountain Rise police station.

The 27-year-old son was arrested on Friday and charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He made his first appearance in court yesterday after spending the weekend behind bars.

Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case of assault and malicious damage to property has been opened against the police officer and her husband.

He added that the couple were arrested and released on warning. They are expected to appear in court today.

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