Cop suspended over brutal assault

2012-03-15 11:43
Video

'Brutality cop' suspended

2012-03-15 09:59

A Limpopo police officer has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing after a video of him beating up a suspect surfaced on the internet.WATCH

Polokwane - A Vaalwater policeman has been suspended after cellphone video footage emerged of him brutally kicking and assaulting a youth outside a tavern in November last year.

Petrus Lefoka, 45, appeared in the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm on Wednesday, Beeld reported.

He was released on a warning, and instructed to appear in court again on May 9.

Limpopo police communication officer Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the cellphone video footage was "shocking", and that Lefoka has been suspended.

"The internal processes are also taking shape. He will be appearing before a disciplinary hearing committee in a week's time," he told the SABC.

The Independent Complaints Directorate said it received details of the matter this week, and was satisfied with the way the police are handling the incident.
"We will only get involved if the family or the victim himself are not satisfied with the investigation," ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini told the SABC.

The incident was first reported by the Sowetan last year, but the cellphone video footage of the incident was only recently made public, after being posted on 2oceansVibe earlier this week.
 
- News24
Read more on:    icd  |  police  |  polokwane  |  police brutality
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
66 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

At last you are able to see the light. You are able to break through obstacles in an innovative and original way. Visualisation is...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.