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.

  • willieman - 2011-06-20 09:26

    It seems these days it is easer to get away with murder by blaming every thing on race--the case at loftu and now this one

      watalife - 2011-06-20 10:11

      @Eric, That sounds like the the real story.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 10:14

      So typical...even in the comments...jump to conclusions... Who is telling the truth ?!! Let the story unfold... Don't be a dong...

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 10:43

      Except when black cops kick the whiteness out of you, then race becomes an issue. Why do you assume that everytime the black person is a victim and white cops the aggressor, that someone the black person is lying? why be defensive, when you are not racist and have done nothing wrong? Fact, the cops are innocent until proven guilty, but does not mean that anyone that accuses them is guilty of lying.

      Citizen - 2011-06-20 11:01

      @lenand40 if these guys are found to be guilty, they should get the maximum sentence under the law. No 2 ways about that. The story seems somehow incomplete, and I can pretty much put that down to poor reporting. What did the lawyer's doctor have to say? What lead to the white cops allegedly beating this guy. I find it hard to believe that they just simply stopped a car and decided to beat the crap out of the driver because he was black. The recent story of Shabir Sheik being assaulted on a golf course by white men, where Shaik's story was afterwards found to be a lie, certainly at first glance seemed more credible than this one

      Worldwise - 2011-06-20 11:06

      Exactly where in the report are white cops mentioned?

      Trotse-Wit-Afrikaanse-Boer - 2011-06-20 11:07

      Well these days you can not trust a cop, and since the first Lawyer you couldn't trust a Lawyer. So who is right and who is wrong. Ai all these facts are confusing me.

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 11:29

      @Citizen. Actually, the Shabir Shaik was not proven to be a lie. The Sunday Times did an investigation and they confirmed with people at the club and his doctor that he received a beating (I think he deserved it, but that is not the point). The fact that people have been beaten for no reason is not new in South Africa. People have been shot because of mistaken identity, or they appear to have an attitude towards the cops. The credibility os such a story depends on your race and similar experiences

      Citizen - 2011-06-20 11:39

      @lenand 40 i don't know about that. Here's an extract from a news 24 article from earlier this year. "But a Media24 Investigations reporter who interviewed at least 50 staff and club members - including a group of 30 caddies, security personnel, bar staff, club officials and members - could find no corroboration of his claims. The club officially denied the incident had occured."

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 12:39

      @Citizen "On May 16, two days after the attack, Shaik, who was still in pain, consulted his private physician Dr Salim Gaffoor. On Friday Gaffoor confirmed he had treated Shaik after the attack and showed the Sunday Times his report, with Shaik's permission. Gaffoor said: "He didn't have any fractures but he did have a bit of soft tissue injury to his chest and back." Gaffoor confirmed that his examination revealed that Shaik had been assaulted. "There was bruising and it was a bit tender in those areas." The doctor, who had treated Shaik in the past, said his patient's blood pressure had also been relatively high. "I always monitor his blood pressure ... it was a bit high on that day. Recently we got his blood pressure well controlled." Meanwhile, the club's former president Robert Manjoo, who is now part of its management board, said he had telephoned Shaik after hearing about the incident from several members who witnessed the assault. "There was an incident. I would be lying if I say there wasn't," Manjoo said. He said Shaik did not want to pursue the matter, saying it would be blown out of proportion. "Schabir did not want to lay a charge ... (and) I didn't question it further until I saw it in the article (a few days later) in Sunday Times." So, it does seem that the media stories are conflicting depending on which angle they wish to explore

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 12:39,+shaik+beaten&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&

      Uthando - 2011-06-20 13:55

      News24. What's going on with you??? Why did you remove my [clean] comment which was inbetween @Citizen & @Worldwise's comments???

      Citizen - 2011-06-20 15:36

      @Ienand40 I can recall someone commenting that day on news 24 that he saw Shabir Shaik in a shop and that he appeared fine. Also with Shaik's history of bribery and corruption, I must ask the question as to how much he paid his doctor to say that, as Shaik has got a history of corruption and bribery. After 3 grown men allegedly assaulted him, what he only has a few minor bruises. Sorry I will stick to the News24 version

      penada - 2011-06-20 15:44

      lenand40 thank you...your comments prove exactly the point that we all know...when its alleged black violence against a white person people go up in arms here, when it is alleged white violence against a black person people scream lousy reporting and an "incomplete story" and the case of shaik proves the point well, wether he deserved the beating or not is immaterial, but that it happened is a fact, oh by the way i dont think any human being deserves a beating for whatever reason...we have a justice system that regardless is flawed, is responsible for upholding law, that does not include beating people who are handcuffed and defenseless

      ALCAB - 2011-06-20 16:39

      As A.N.C. says innocent until proven guilty.

  • Barry - 2011-06-20 09:27

    What`s new with these cops and then they wonder why communities hates them

      cliffarc - 2011-06-20 13:21

      - I would love to give them my scumbag ex- lawyers name and address.

  • JJRR - 2011-06-20 09:28

    They asked me why I was driving with the headlights switched off! Sound like the winny story. The fact was that he could have caused a crash, killing people. If you drive without lights he was most likely under the influence as well. So what to do, Play the race card!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 11:11

      Speaking of the Race card, I think Igugu is where you should put your money for the Durban July...a sure "winny story"

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-20 09:28

    Pass the assault and paper, please.

  • Thor - 2011-06-20 09:31

    News24 has been poor in follow up articles on this matter. We read about it once then it goes away. What happened to the other cases that has been in the news a month or two ago. Police brutality on its own is unaccepteble but if these police members are not fired its even worse.

  • Richard - 2011-06-20 09:31

    There is no such thing as an honest Cop.

      Cool-Dude - 2011-06-20 09:36

      Is there such a thing as an honest lawyer? ("allegedly assaulted by three police officers")

      Smaal - 2011-06-20 09:52

      @Cool-Dude: “Honest lawyer” – checked, no such phrase in the dictionary but I did find a reference in the fairytale and fiction sections of the library right next to Tinkerbelle and Father Christmas.

      Tracer - 2011-06-20 10:49

      Richard, I have NO respect for the SAPS whatsoever. My brother is a highly respected police reservist who has been protecting our community for almost 2 decades now. He left the Brixton Flying Squad because he could not accept the police brutality he encountered there, and more recently he transferred from Douglasdale Police Station to Randburg Police station because he could no longer tolerate the corruption in the Douglasdale station (the most corrupt station in Joburg according to him) and his reporting this to seniors were falling on deaf ears. He is an honest cop, but unfortunately his kind is a rare breed and hence your skewed perception.

      Citizen - 2011-06-20 11:07

      Your comment seems a bit stupid don't you think?

      Meanleader - 2011-06-20 13:31

      Lawyers are the scum of the earth , and the cops are just as criminal ...scumbags all of them ...they just don't kill enough of each other !!

      sjackson - 2011-06-20 14:03

      Sorry my dear but i have three family members in the SAPS for many many years and from day one they have been honest right till now. So please do not class every body the same.

      Krolie - 2011-06-20 20:26

      @sjackson. I agree with you. When it comes to the police, according to most on these forums, they are ALL corrupt etc. I disagree, and I have said it so many times before but everyone seems bullheaded when someting negative happens. I agree, there IS a percentage of police that is not on the up and up, BUT the other side of the coin is OUR family and friends that do EVERYTHING they can to keep YOU safe. They face danger every day at work and are overlooked where it comes to promotion. The promotion our guys have worked years for, is just handed over on a silver plate to the next new recruit waltzing in. Even that does not stop our guys doing what they can for their communities as well as other communities. This really cheeses me off that you guys can continuously refer to all police as the same. Please give credit where it is due, and yes, criticise to your heart's content when those policemen do wrong, but please refrain from referring to ALL police as being the same. As I am writing this, I know that you will all give me the thumbs down, but whilst doing that, remember to please not be false by expressing your condolences next time when a policemand has given his life to help or save another.

  • Larissa - 2011-06-20 09:34

    So now blacks call each other a K*** word?

      Smaal - 2011-06-20 09:44

      Hahaha Larissa. Blacks throwing each other with the K-bomb are actually quite common.

      Susannomore - 2011-06-20 09:44

      Where does it state the policemen where black?

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-20 09:46

      What are you smoking honey? You must go easy on it hey, not good for you.

      Serias - 2011-06-20 09:53

      @Susannomore....Where does it say they were white?

      Smaal - 2011-06-20 09:54

      @Susannomore: If it was white cops the word “white” would have been prevalent and their names would have been published.

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-20 09:56

      She is on something but she mustn't smoke it too much otherwise uzohlanya.

      1gascan - 2011-06-20 10:02

      You know how the saying goes Larissa: Assumption is the mother of all f-ups! This article is fact-less and more info is needed before deducing things like that. Shoddy article.

      Larissa - 2011-06-20 10:10

      Agree, I did not read that white Cops 'assault' a Black lawyer, so what must ppl think... It's common for blacks to call each other N***r word... So, Who is smoking?

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 10:14

      doesn't matter what their race was, their racial slurs made it racist, we can all agree to that surely.

      Frungy - 2011-06-20 10:16

      Smaal - @Susannomore: If it was white cops the word “white” would have been prevalent and their names would have been published. ... plus, when was the last time you saw 3 white cops together? Normally they're multiracial teams, one black officer with a white officer, or two black officers (because apparently white officers need "watching" by a black officer, but two black officers together are okay). 3 White officers stopping a random car that happens to contain a black man, and then randomly assaulting him before stopping and apologising because he turns out to be a lawyer? Umm... fantasy-land dude. If these cops were really corrupt and were brutal enough to attack someone randomly his body would be in a ditch by now and they'd have saved themselves a lot of complications. This story is so full of holes it makes swiss cheese look solid.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 10:18

      Duh uh...don't mention of black cops

      Percy Higgins - 2011-06-20 10:29

      It is a shoddily written article.

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-20 10:42

      Don't let a shoddily articles shoddy you brains otherwise I'm not going to take you opinions serious. Lets also be sober here.

      Citizen - 2011-06-20 11:15

      @serias hahahaha,I was surprised by the corniness of Larissa comment, but when I saw your comment I went back and read the article, and indeed nowhere it says that the cops were white. Just shows you how one's mind can play tricks on oneself!

      motsokwane - 2011-06-20 12:13

      We also use the K*** word for whites.

      schans - 2011-06-20 13:17

      Where I work blacks to call each other the K word ALL THE TIME!!!!!

      Jezabbela - 2011-06-20 16:15

      @schans, so that makes it ok for whites to use it? Larissa my dear, I have no words for you, oh, except for the fact that you should go back to all those teachers who taught you reading at school and ask for your change back!

      Larissa - 2011-06-20 17:21

      I have no words for you Jezabbela, Go and read the article again.... Remember this ... Why ppl always blaming Whites?

      Larissa - 2011-06-20 17:33

      So was the person using the K word white, coloured or black? There are no longer that many white police officers in Vereeniging... News24 let us know???!!

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 21:56

      @Larissa: Why does it matter? Would it be more acceptable to you if the police who said it were Mozambican?

      Sizwe - 2011-06-21 07:13

      @Larissa and Co. Read the contents of the following link, I would assume that being smart meant certain things need not be said for you to know they existed..

  • Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 09:38

    disgusting. hope that the police get into serious trouble for this. racist idiots.

  • Susannomore - 2011-06-20 09:43

    At least he was not secually assulted, which is what happens when most women are pulled over by black policemen

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-20 09:45

    Blame it on Malema,he is renewing Racial hatred and tension

      mo-flo2 - 2011-06-20 10:03

      Malema is not renewing anything.... judging from the comments... racism has and will always be around... nothing will change in that regard, lets just continue acting like racism ended with oppresion

      Virginia - 2011-06-20 11:48

      You people are giving Malema to much media time and he is thriving on this, even the newspaper should shut him out so that he can cool down. He is a threat to this country that will not go away, so we have to ignore him totally in the media.

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 11:53

      Who ended it, because it seems reading from this thread, it never went anywhere.

      Jezabbela - 2011-06-20 16:16

      Really? RENEWING?? so, who started it?

  • McDaNife - 2011-06-20 09:46

    Guess what, this guy must have told the cops "hey you cant do me anything coz I am a lawyer". Then they let him have it.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-20 09:48

    Sue those broke things man. Ag no you won't get anything they broke. Ok Lock those thugs behind bars.

  • AndV - 2011-06-20 10:02

    It is obvious he is lying.... When you giulty sue racism..... and the Sowetan fell for this nonsense, exposing their poor journalism once again...

  • inonel - 2011-06-20 10:20

    am really not shocked by this story

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 10:24

    WOW, just going by the comments it seems like many respondants were present during this incident... Well at least Blacks & Whites have one thing in common : Racial Intolerance.

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 10:26

      hehe, so true.

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 11:51

      We no longer jump to conclusions, we leap into them.

  • don fillipe - 2011-06-20 10:24

    This lawyer sounds like a liar.

      McDaNife - 2011-06-20 10:50 all lawyers

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-06-20 10:27

    Reminescent of the behaviour of Hitler's SA (Brown Shirts) who beat up anyone they decided they didn't like. Wait for President Malema and this will become policy and not just a too regular occurrence.

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 11:45

      unfortunately this is a very sad truth.

  • Sparrow - 2011-06-20 10:27

    Shame, and we all get surprised when cops get killed.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-06-20 10:28

    I think I've had my fill of this kuk reporting, I'm gonna go read the m&g website

  • MacTheBoer - 2011-06-20 10:30

    I see no reference to white policemen. I do see a reference to a racial slur. But was the person using the K word white, coloured or black? There are no longer that many white police officers in Vereeniging and three together?

      penada - 2011-06-20 15:46

      wow news24 bloggers, amen...i dont think the insinuation that the cops are white is lost upon you is clear that article infers they are white...

      penada - 2011-06-20 15:47

      and are u saying cos there are not so many white cops there then that make it impossible to get three together...?

      Sizwe - 2011-06-21 07:16

      Follow this link...

  • Idomeneo - 2011-06-20 10:35

    I find it impossible to believe that a lawyer is falsely accused of something (according to him), is then handcuffed, then assaulted, and never mentions that he's a lawyer. The police only found out when they found his business cards. There's a lot more to this story.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-06-20 10:39

    wow, so now bcoz a black man is an alleged police brutality victim...police brutality is ok ? he deserved it ? GTFOH u pigs!!!

  • K.W.F.L - 2011-06-20 10:53

    Was it white cops? Black people also use the K-word!!

  • Trotse-Wit-Afrikaanse-Boer - 2011-06-20 11:07

    Well these days you can not trust a cop, and since the first Lawyer you couldn't trust a Lawyer. So who is right and who is wrong. Ai all these facts are confusing me.

  • dcars - 2011-06-20 11:16

    dont believe this for one minute,guys just looking for cash

  • Whiskeyjack - 2011-06-20 11:29

    White cops, black cops, Indian cops, it doesn't matter, they're all bandits and highwaymen and should be treated as such. Probably a few decent ones in the mix, but not enough...

  • Thabiso - 2011-06-20 11:41

    Judging from comments I read everyday here, its clear that we are far from tolerating each other...

      Niel Meiring - 2011-06-20 11:48

      unfortunately you are right Thabiso. People dont tolerate each other and they jump to conclusions. I guess the reason is because we are fed with so much fear and hate by our government.

  • Virginia - 2011-06-20 11:46

    People Please stop being so negative about these stories, these are our fellow citizens not matter what colour they are. The police have a duty to perform, but are using to much force. We are quite fearful of the police when we read all these stories. I hope this lawyer gets all the justice he requires to have these police suspended.

  • Badger - 2011-06-20 12:26

    Now let's get the other side of the story please!!

  • ji - 2011-06-20 12:57

    who cares , the only good or honest lawyer is a dead one so the idiot lawyer deserved it , well done SAP .

  • Meanleader - 2011-06-20 13:29

    Obviously they didn't hit him hard enough ...this man's story has some gaps .,..what did he do to provoke assault . Cops are thugs , but when it comes to black elite , they ALWAYS cry racism and inosence ..because they know they can't bribe white cops !!!!! The plot thickens ...and I will be surprised if this is all that happened .

  • Other Justin - 2011-06-20 13:34

    Disgusting! The police seem to be getting out of hand.....

  • kaz - 2011-06-20 13:51

    if it was white cops they would of mentioned it.

  • Claude - 2011-06-20 14:52

    Lawyer = big mouth - got his ass whipped, move on....................

  • pawsaw - 2011-06-20 16:04

    I notice that the ethnicity of the police was not given while that of the assaulted lawyer was. What should we infer from this? That the culpable police were of the ANC (any nasty crime) persuasion or AWB (awfulo white bustards). I'm inclined to feel that it must be the former as if it was white on black it would have made the headlines. Please clarify.

      lenand40 - 2011-06-20 21:54

      Can you please point out where the race of the lawyer is given?

  • lenand40 - 2011-06-20 21:59

    @Larissa. Not sure what kind of "blacks" you socialise with that commonly call each other N***r. Not sure why they would call each other that, as it is a pejorative term used almost exclusively in the US.

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  • shatzi - 2011-06-20 22:19

    The police can no longer be trusted

  • Citix - 2011-06-20 22:21

    I don't believe that the racist remark should take away the real issue of the story. These are bad cops, as simple as that. I do not need to know their race. All I need to know is that some more bad cops were taken off the street. Take ALL bad cops off the streets or someone will take them out.

  • Sizwe - 2011-06-21 09:07

    It is rather disturbing to see how white people will justify even the most unacceptable deeds, based on the flawed logic of, "they do it too". When a man calls another man a boer he cannot be excused because some farmer out there refers to his workers as k*&f*%s, that is surely purile thinking, yet many a white person on this forum will fail to apply their mind to the facts and instead bring farm murders and Julius Malema in a topic wholly removed from the attacks and politics. I'm pretty sure these Cops are not farmers and were not driven by their dislike(if any) for Julius Malema when they uttered those words. It will not make it right nor acceptable, wrong is wrong, regardless who commits it and against whom it is committed

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