Cape cops set for hearings over busker

2013-07-10 19:12
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Protesters have gathered against the forceful removal of blind busker Lunga Goodman Nono at Greenmarket Square in Cape Town’s CBD. See all the latest pictures.

Cape Town - Suspension proceedings against three metro police officers who allegedly manhandled a blind busker in the CBD have commenced, the City of Cape Town’s Richard Bosman said on Wednesday.
The officers’ hearings will take place this week.

Busker Lunga Goodman Nono was dragged away from his spot in St George’s Mall by several metro officers who broke his guitar and dragged him to a police van.

Nono was arrested and fined R1 500 for busking outside of his permit hours.

Hundreds of people converged on St George’s Mall on Wednesday in protest against the incident.
In the statement, Bosman said it deemed the actions of the officers involved “were not in keeping with this administration’s commitment to building a caring city that respects every resident’s right to dignity”.
“It must also be noted that the vast majority of the city’s law enforcement department work in what are sometimes challenging and dangerous environments to ensure, as far as they are able, that the people of this city live in an ordered and peaceful environment.
“It is largely because of their vigilance that busking is anecdotally more popular in Cape Town than in other CBDs around South Africa. In Cape Town, the CBD is not a no-go zone but an inclusive area where people work, socialise and live. For this, we have our law enforcement officers to thank.”
The city also pointed out that after reading about the incident, the busker was contacted by his brother, Lungiswa Goodwell Nono, who had last heard from the singer 10 years ago.

“Earlier this morning [Wednesday], they made contact for the first time in a decade. It is pleasing that out of this unfortunate incident, the silver lining of the reuniting of these brothers has occurred.”

By Wednesday afternoon, as crowds gathered around him, Nono was back at his usual spot with a new guitar which was donated by musician Tony Cox.

“I am very happy,” Nono said.

Nono has also received a recording contract from The Rooftop Recording studio.
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