Police brutality leaves family traumatised

2017-08-03 06:02
Nosisi Mtwana is not happy after police raided their house, on early hours of Friday morning, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Nosisi Mtwana is not happy after police raided their house, on early hours of Friday morning, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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A Guguletu family is still reeling and feel violated after police kicked their front door in search of a suspect, only to realise later that it was the wrong house after all.

Now the trauma of the incident has even worsened the condition of the matriarch, Jane Mtwana,85, according to a family spoeksperson.

Nosisi Mtwana said their family home in NY70, was raided by “strangers”- some of whom were wearing balaclavas- in the early hours of Friday morning, last week.

“They kicked the door down, splitting and shredding it. We asked who they were looking for and they mentioned the number next door. They did not produce a search warrant nor name badges.

Bedridden Gogo Mtwana, who suffers chronic ailments was worse for wear after her rude awakening, according to Nosisi.

“She suffers diabetic and high blood pressure, has condition has gone haywire since the incident... trauma is evident,”she added.

Nosisi said they will never forget the morning of their rude awakening by officers of the law.

“They head balaclavas on their heads and were uncooperative towards the family, saying there was no need to take them off or even show us their ID tags.”

Ironically, she said, the police had parked their vehicles in front of the house of the suspect they were looking for.

It was only later that they realised they were at the wrong house.

“We could not even sleep afterwards with the door gaping.”

“At first we thought our house was under attack from thugs, because the police did not knock, but kicked just about everything to gain entry,”she said.

Nosisi said after the incident she followed the raiders to the Gugulethu Police Station, where she opened a case with the local police.

She said instead she was advised to seek three quotations before they could replace the damaged doors.

Mtwana said she is not happy as police should take responsibility for their actions.

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