Assaulted lawyer decries slow police investigation

2016-05-18 05:47
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Tonga - Mpumalanga lawyer Nico du Plessis has expressed disappointment at the pace at which police are investigating his assault outside a court near the Swaziland and Mozambican border earlier this year.

Du Plessis was beaten outside the Tonga Magistrate's Court on January 21 after representing two suspected child killers, Jabulani Ndlovu, 27, and Themba Myambo, 43, both from Boschfontein.

The attack was filmed.

"I can pinpoint the people who assaulted me, but the police have not arrested anyone. There was a video that was making rounds on the internet; anyone could see people kicking me but still the police have done nothing about that," Du Plessis told a News24 correspondent on Monday.

The two sangomas are implicated in the disappearance of a 3-year-old girl in Boschfontein in November. She has still not been found.

They have since been denied bail. In trying to secure them bail, Du Plessis had argued that they were not a flight risk as the court had their and their families' addresses.

Du Plessis told News24 that police had assured him they were doing their best to apprehend his attackers.

Fearing for his life

"I feel that they can do more to arrest them," he said.

Following the attack, the National Prosecuting Authority had moved the case to the High Court in Pretoria.

"We are just waiting for the NPA to give us a date for the court proceedings. They made this decision after I requested not to attend the next case at the Tonga Magistrate’s Court because I feared for my life," he added.

Tonga police spokesperson Lieutenant Mzwandile Nyambi said no arrests had been made in connection with Du Plessis's assault and they were investigating the matter.

“We cannot just arrest people without proper evidence. The video has to be checked if it's not fake before the court can use it, but I can assure you that we are doing our best with this case,” Nyambi said. 

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