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Zuma motorcade victim sues cops

2011-05-08 14:28

Johannesburg - The man allegedly abused by the police after showing President Jacob Zuma's motorcade the middle finger last year is claiming R1.45 million in damages, the Sunday Independent reported.

Chumani Maxwele, 26, of Woodstock, Cape Town, wants R800 000 for damage to his reputation for statements made by police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi, R200 000 for defamation after police questioned the woman supervising his sociology research at UCT, R200 000 for the "unlawful" search of his home, R200 000 for wrongful arrest and insult to his dignity, and R50 000 for assault after police bound his hands with cable-ties hands and put a bag over his head.

The civil claim was filed at the Western Cape High Court. No date has been set for trial yet.

In February last year Maxwele allegedly swore at and showed Zuma's bluelight convey the middle finger while he was jogging in Walmer Estate. He was bundled into a police car, detained at the Rondebosch and Mowbray police stations and then sent to the Wynberg Magistrate's Court. He was released without appearing before a magistrate.

In papers responding to Maxwele's claim, the police ministry admits a "rifle bag" was placed over his head in the car, to stop him seeing the route to the president's Genadendal residence, and that his hands were cable-tied.

The ministry also admits arresting and releasing Maxwele without charge, but, according to the court papers, claims the arrest was lawful.

Maxwele also argues a statement released by Mnisi on February 18 last year is defamatory. It mentions that Maxwele apologised for his actions and had two criminal records, one for common assault, the other for riotous behaviour, both committed between 2007 and 2009.

Comments
  • Slapper - 2011-05-08 15:06

    Good Luck to him, I hope he wins, just to show these arrogant B****s that they dont own the place. I would imagine, based on Zumas record that the case will take until Hell freezes over.

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2011-05-08 15:18

    The Anarchy Corrupt Nepotism is imploding...http://www.timeslive.co.za/specialreports/elections2011/article1055734.ece/The-lid-is-lifted-on-another-toilet-saga

      papaRoach - 2011-05-08 15:36

      Oh well i guess both parties have similar attitudes towards poor people!!

      World Traveler - 2011-05-08 19:49

      @paperRoach ... http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/New-open-toilet-inquiry-20110508 Think again, you twit!

  • moiraine - 2011-05-08 15:19

    Good luck Mr. Maxwele, stick up for your rights.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-05-08 19:32

      This is brilliant and i wish him the best of luck - But i would like to know why the cops are being sued and not Zuma personally? Surely if he can take responsibility for ONE thing in this country it should be what his own security or family does... We know he doesn't take responsibility for anything else

  • Uno_Beche - 2011-05-08 15:26

    How much do you get for dropping your pants at the motorcade?

      Grazy - 2011-05-08 20:49

      Show them one to the beat of....Brown eye in the ring, la la la la la.

  • papaRoach - 2011-05-08 15:33

    i wish i could zap mine on these forums sometimes!! Oh well here is one to all the crooks, racists, corrupt officials and incompetent leaders..right across Africa for that matter!!

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-08 15:35

    Awesome dude! Take them for all they're worth!

  • saltandpepa - 2011-05-08 15:39

    Can't believe that for a change there are white ppl supporting a black man---maybe theyre mistaken thinking chumani mawele is a white

      william.botha - 2011-05-08 15:49

      Grow up

      michaelx - 2011-05-08 15:53

      BLACK OR WHITE WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?>THIS MAN IS A HERO IN MY EYES-SHOWING THOSE PATHETIC ANC IDIOTS THE FINGER-GOOD ON YOU MAN,SUE THEM FOR ALL YOU CAN.

      Slapper - 2011-05-08 15:58

      Whats Colour got to do with it? Wake up Man or Piss off.

      Colin - 2011-05-08 17:00

      We will support anybody standing up for his rights so please don't bring race into this. Those b*****ds from the president downwards think they own us, I have news for them. They are going to get a wake up call after the 18th, OK.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-08 19:47

      Do NOT GIVE the anc the ammunition they love. DO NOT GET RACIST ABOUT THIS! IT IS NOT ABOUT RACE!

  • saltandpepa - 2011-05-08 15:46

    @ papa"cock"roach and foremost across europe and north america

      papaRoach - 2011-05-08 15:55

      LOL...ill let the "insurgents" blow themselves up for me!! talk about balls!!

  • saltandpepa - 2011-05-08 15:53

    William"pi." Botha wants Martin du Plessis to grow up.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-08 19:45

      Why?

  • 24.comreader - 2011-05-08 15:54

    Either way South Africans will cover the bill

  • CKS - 2011-05-08 15:56

    I am really holding thumbs for him. He must now also applies under his constitutional right like all the ANC cadres for free legal reprentation paid for by the state. All over Africa do you get the BL UE Light brigade who sets themselves above the law.

  • Benny66 - 2011-05-08 16:25

    Yeah all well and good him claiming financial compensation - but is MY taxes that pay for this. I support him in principle but would much rather see the arrogant buffoons concerned fired or at the very least stripped to the lowest rank possible and then to be sent to behavioural classes etc. That way THEY are hurt and my Tax money can be put to better use (maybe).

  • NATIONALIZE - 2011-05-08 16:27

    Who is supporting your legal costs? From which racial group is he/she coming from? If is from your racial group fine. If from the other... go you impresseniost

      wolf - 2011-05-08 17:09

      @NATIONALIZE - you're attempting words words beyond your ability. Your inability to reason is, however, a feeble excuse for your racist agenda. I I too would encourage you to leave but believe that nobody would have you. Keeping your drivel to yourself is perhaps the best advice.

      World Traveler - 2011-05-08 19:43

      Twit!

  • Dumisani P - 2011-05-08 16:35

    Sounds like a Mugabe style arrest

  • ImAnAfrican - 2011-05-08 16:41

    Good on you Chumani, you have our support. Phantsi police brutality PHANTSI, DOWN with police brutality.

  • Joe - 2011-05-08 16:53

    I support this person 100%. Time to give the useless idiot PIGS some of their own medicine.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-08 19:38

    All the Best to you, Chumani Maxwele! I hope you get the lot. A countries' police and politicians must respect the people, the police and politicians must EARN their respect from the people.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-08 19:42

    Check this out! http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/New-open-toilet-inquiry-20110508

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