Sergeants in trouble

2016-12-14 06:02
Leeba Motaung after allegedly being dragged for 50 m by a police vehicle. The vehicle then allegedly drove over both his legs. Photos: Supplied

Leeba Motaung after allegedly being dragged for 50 m by a police vehicle. The vehicle then allegedly drove over both his legs. Photos: Supplied

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Two police sergeants attached to the Kopanong police station in Bloemfontein are facing internal disciplinary hearings in connection with the alleged attempted murder of a resident.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is also probing the alleged dragging of a resident by the two police sergeants on 26 November.

The implicated sergeants are a certain Tsholo and a Moqwathi, who briefly appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 5 December facing charges of attempted murder following the alleged dragging of complainant Leeba Motaung with a police vehicle. They are currently out on bail of R800 each and are expected back in court in January.

The dragging of the victim occurred in broad daylight at the developing settlement of Caleb Motshabi, also known as Dinaweng or Senawana.

Moses Dlamini, national spokesperson of the IPID, said it is alleged that the two sergeants, who were on duty, went to the vicinity after the victim requested assistance after a woman assaulted him with a snoekerl ball on the head. Motaung was bleeding following the assault.

“The complainant explained the circumstances while standing on the passenger side and his girlfriend stood at the driver’s side. It is alleged that the complainant’s hand was still inside the police vehicle when the window was closed.

“The vehicle was allegedly driven for about 50 m, dragging the complainant along,” said Dlamini. He said the window was opened by one of the sergeants and Motaung fell to the ground, after which the left rear wheel of the vehicle ran over both his legs.

The complainant sustained a fracture of the right leg, while the left leg was swollen. The driver attempted to drive off, but community members forced the police vehicle to stop. The victim was transported to the Pelonomi Hospital for medical attention.

Col. Thandi Mbambo, Free State police spokesperson, said feedback regarding the internal hearing against the two sergeants is expected soon.

Dlamini said the IPID is also investigating the contravention of section 33(3) by the station commander for failure to report this matter to the IPID immediately. He said this incident was only reported to the IPID on 30 November.

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