Police apologise to journalist
Polokwane - Limpopo police have apologised to freelance journalist Chester Makana for their shoddy investigation of an assault charge he pressed against provincial ANC Youth League member Clifford Mohloana.
The Polokwane regional court threw out the case for lack of evidence and told police to investigate the matter properly so that the case could be reinstated.
“We apologise to the [complainant] and ask him not to feel like he was let down," provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi told African Eye News Service (AENS).
“It appears that the investigating officer was negligent in the case. He didn’t use the video footage of the assault in court and used only one witness,” he explained.
He promised that the case would be reinstated soon.
Makana, 28, pressed the charges against Mohloana in December last year.
Makana said he was assaulted while investigating a story about "ghost" delegates and fraudulent ballot papers at the ANC provincial conference where Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale was re-elected as the party's provincial chairperson.
The incident, which took place outside the conference venue, was captured by an SABC TV crew and broadcast.
After Makana opened the case, Mohloana handed himself to the Polokwane police station.
On Friday Makana told AENS that he was disappointed that the case was thrown out of court.
“The investigating officer was not in court himself. He had all he needed to secure a conviction, but decided to let me down. I do not know what caused him to act like this, but I’m very disappointed,” said Makana.