North West man in court for assaulting boy

2014-07-07 05:59


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Mahikeng - A North West filling station owner is expected to appear in the Ganyesa Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly assaulting a nine-year-old boy he accused of stealing from his shop.

The boy was allegedly handcuffed and tortured in Disipi, about 48km from Ganyesa, on 28 May.

According to the boy's sister, her brother did not go to school on the day claiming he felt ill.

"He asked me for coins to go buy sweets at the filling station at around 08:00. We were called later to find him handcuffed and crying as he was being tortured by the shop owner," she told Sapa at the time.

She cannot be named to protect the child's identity.

The police were called and spoke with the man in his office.

"They came out and told us to ask for money from the man to treat the child, and not lay a charge. We had to go to the police station the following day to open a case," the sister said.

She said the police told the family a few days later that the alleged assailant was in Bloemfontein.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions' North West secretary Solly Phetoe said they intended to protest at the court to demand that the man's R1000 bail be withdrawn.

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