DJ sues minister after ‘assault’ by cops

2014-02-09 10:00

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Lesedi FM’s award-winning presenter ­Nyakallo “Ba2cada” Leine is suing Police ­Minister Nathi Mthethwa after he was allegedly kicked and punched by two Zamdela police officers.

An employee at the Zamdela police station said that officers had seen the summons that Leine’s lawyers had delivered to the station. “He is suing [the officers] and?...?Mthethwa. The case is going to be heard in the Bloemfontein High Court sometime next week,” said the employee.

Leine, who was named the best afternoon show presenter at the 2013 MTN Radio Awards, got into a row with police late last year over a traffic fine. The DJ was found guilty in the Sasolburg Magistrates’ Court late last year of interfering with a police officer’s duties and was handed a five-year suspended sentence.

But he is pursuing the case against police because, he claimed, he was beaten up during the argument.

The employee, who did not want to be named as he is not allowed to speak to the media, said Leine was a passenger in a friend’s car when they were stopped by two policemen in the Sasolburg area for reckless driving.

A row erupted between Leine and one of the police officers who was trying to issue a traffic fine to the driver, the employee said. Leine claimed in a complaint to the ­Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) that one officer then pulled him out of the car and asked him why he was interfering.

He claimed that the officers kicked and slapped him before bundling the two men into their vehicle and taking him to the station.

He was detained there for a few hours before he was released without being charged.

Leine confirmed that he had opened a case of assault against the two officers and had filed a lawsuit against them.

“I want to teach them a lesson. If they think they can continue to beat up people and get away with it, then they don’t know what’s coming their way,” he said.

Free State Police spokesperson Superintendent Annelie Wrensch confirmed that Leine had opened a case of common assault and filed a lawsuit against the two Zamdela police officers.

She said: “We can confirm that a case of common assault was opened on September 30 and Ipid is investigating it.

“The police’s legal services department has received intent to institute a civil claim based on the alleged assault, which will be opposed by the SAPS,” she added.

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