Pre-Valentine’s Day party turns bloody

2016-02-19 06:00
The injured Buntu Mfene after police officers allegedly beat him.  Photo: supplied

The injured Buntu Mfene after police officers allegedly beat him. Photo: supplied

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BUNTU Mfene had a bloody pre-Valentine’s Day party when he was allegedly attacked by two Ixopo police officers who professed their love for his wife, Ncediwe.
He said both policemen were not wearing police uniforms at the time and he knew them.

The 30-year-old from Cedarville was injured on his right eye, ribs, knees and neck.

“I attended a pre-Valentine’s Day get-together with my wife at Chisa Nyama’s Place on Sunday, and we all happy. The argument started when I heard the policemen professing their love for my wife in front of me. When I questioned their actions they shouted at me saying that I must not talk to them about an isifebe [slut],” said Buntu.

They started beating him and his wife and when he asked why they were beating them, they told him to shut up, and continued with the beating.

“They beat and kicked us. I fell down and heard my wife asking them why they were doing this.”

He said he managed to get up and drove with his wife to the Ixopo police station to open a case against them, but they followed him in a vehicle - registration NIX 8030.

“When I parked my car at the police station, I saw them behind me and they started beating me again while my wife ran into the police station.
“I then saw police officers coming out of the police station and watching, but they never intervened. I was again beaten until I fell down.
“I heard them saying they will kill me. It was then I become unconscious. The next thing I woke up in Christ the King Hospital.”

“I am humiliated by this. How can a man profess his love for a married woman?
“I told them she is married, but they continued proposing their love for her in front of me. Now my credibility as a man is questionable,” said Mfene.

Ncediwe told Fever that when they started beating her husband she asked them why and they started calling her names and beating him at the same time.

“When I reported it at the police station I thought they [officers on duty] would intervene, but they just watched as though they were watching a movie, and my husband was not even fighting back.
“I screamed for help, but no one helped me or my husband. I will never trust the Ixopo police again because they acted as though we were their enemies,” said Ncediwe.

On the Tuesday after the incident, the same policemen went to Buntu’s place of work to arrest him, but could not find him.
“They act as though they are above the law,” said Buntu.

He got a call from a certain detective, asking him [Buntu] to sort out the case amicably, in other words, without going to court.

“Both policemen must pay - how can they beat me and my wife? This is inhuman and we now feel unsafe,” said Buntu.

The KZN provincial police spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident saying they are investigating the case.

At the time of going to press The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID could not be reached for comment.

“WHEN I REPORTED IT AT THE POLICE STATION I THOUGHT THEY
[OFFICERS ON DUTY] WOULD INTERVENE, BUT THEY JUST WATCHED AS THOUGH THEY WERE WATCHING A MOVIE, AND MY HUSBAND WAS NOT EVEN FIGHTING BACK.

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