Cops 'assault' lawyer - report

2011-06-20 09:18

Johannesburg - A Vereeniging lawyer was allegedly assaulted by three police officers who called him the k-word, the Sowetan newspaper reported on Monday.

Thomas Mahlobogoane told the daily he was driving home on Friday night when he was stopped by two police men and a police woman, who told him he was driving with his lights off.

"They asked me why I was driving with the headlights switched off. I told them that they were wrong, my lights were switched on. One of them handcuffed me and then all hell broke loose.

"I was defenceless with my hands handcuffed from behind. They swore, kicked and punched me. They even called me a kaffir," said Mahlobogoane.

During the attack, one of the police officers searched his car and found his business cards.

"He asked me if I was a lawyer. He then tried to apologise and said I should tell a doctor who would examine me that I fell on the ground."

Police spokesperson Constable Tebogo Lephoto said police were investigating the matter.

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