Greytown mother sues SAPS for R1,1 million

2016-04-06 06:00

GREYTOWN mother, 46-year-old Khosi Florence Shezi has instituted a R1,1 million claim in damages against the Minister of Police in the High Court, because she claims, she and her son were so badly assaulted by police officers that her son died.

In the High Court on Monday, Shezi lodged an application to compel the police to file certain documents, which the judge granted and ordered the state to pay the costs.

Shezi claims that on 27 June, 2013, without a warrant of arrest, the police questioned her about the whereabouts of her son, who was wanted in connection with the killing of a Greytown police officer's brother. In her affidavit Shezi said she was told by the police that she and her son must get into a river, where they were assaulted with steel pipes and blunt objects, and they were then "dumped" in a forest.

She woke up in Greytown Hospital and found out that her son had died.

However, the criminal case she had opened was provisionally withdrawn by an Independent Police Investigation unit. The police, who are opposing the lawsuit, denied she was arrested or assaulted and if "agents" of the police did so they acted outside the scope of their instructions.

Shezi suffers from post-traumatic stress and psychological distress due to the assault and the death of her son.

No trial date has been set at this stage.

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