VIP unit violated jogger's rights - SAHRC

2011-11-30 10:49
Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission has upheld its decision that a jogger's rights had been violated by the presidential special protection unit when it arrested him for gesturing at President Jacob Zuma's convoy, the Cape Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Chumani Maxwele, 26, was arrested in Cape Town on February 10 last year and quizzed about his political affiliations after he gave the finger to Zuma's convoy while jogging along De Waal Drive.

The commission found in July that Maxwele’s rights to human dignity, freedom and security of person, freedom of expression and peaceful and unarmed demonstration, as well as political choice, had been violated.

So had his rights as a detained person.

Maxwele has filed a R1.45m damages claim against the police.

The commission’s finding followed a complaint lodged by the FW de Klerk Foundation's Centre for Constitutional Rights.

The commission found Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa should be held liable for the acts of the police and should apologise to Maxwele.

Mthethwa’s appeal against the findings in September had been dismissed by the commission.

Maxwele told the Cape Times that, while he was pleased the commission had upheld its decision, he was concerned Mthethwa had not apologised or taken responsibility.

Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said in July: "Any apology by the minister would be tantamount to pre-judging the case."

- SAPA
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