Metro cops filmed beating hawker

2012-04-29 16:02

Police brutality in Limpopo

2012-03-14 08:18

A video clip of a uniformed policeman attacking an individual has surfaced. The officer is expected to appear in court on Wednesday on assault charges. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.WATCH

Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police are investigating the assault of a hawker, allegedly by four of their officers, the Sunday Times reported.

Andries Ndlovu, 37, was beaten in Ivory Park, near Midrand, last Friday, apparently after he tried to stop the officers from beating a 60-year-old man.

A 22-second cellphone video of the attack was recorded by an onlooker.

Officers are shown kicking and stamping on Ndlovu after he had fallen down, according to the weekly.

The officers allegedly beat up a 60-year-old welder, Joseph Khumalo, when he demanded a receipt or notice when his goods were impounded. Ndlovu asked the officers why they were assaulting Khumalo, he told the paper. He was punched in his face, and started to fight back.

Khumalo's two sons, Ananias and Michael, said they were also assaulted.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar asked the Sunday Times for a copy of the video so disciplinary action could be taken.

Minnaar was quoted as saying: "We can clearly see the officers trampling on the civilian. They are not allowed to trample on a civilian."

Minnaar was not immediately available for comment when Sapa called him.

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