Cops suspended after assault

2011-03-03 08:07

Johannesburg - Four Johannesburg police officers were suspended on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting patrons at the Catz Pyjamas restaurant in Melville.

Police management was "shocked and outraged" after watching video footage of the incident, which happened in the early hours of Saturday morning, February 26, Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Neville Malila said.

Efforts were being made to identify the other two officers allegedly involved.

The fight began when patrons at the restaurant allegedly threw beer bottles from the first floor balcony at a police patrol that was searching a car and its occupants in Main Road. The officers called for back up and members of the tactical response team arrived and allegedly beat up patrons.

Thirteen people were arrested and charged for interfering with police performing their duties and crimen injuria. They were given R500 bail each, released and ordered to appear in court on Monday.

The prosecutor at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court however declined to prosecute and sent the case docket back for further investigation, Malila said.

The Independent Complaints Directorate had opened an investigation into the matter. All victims and witnesses were asked to contact Chris De Jager on 011 220 1500 or 082 325 6463.


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