Police dismissed for racial assault on lawyer

2011-11-15 07:08

Three police officials accused of assaulting a Vereeniging lawyer and calling him a k****r have been dismissed with immediate effect.

The lieutenant-colonel and two reservists were dismissed after internal disciplinary proceedings found them guilty of misconduct, the police’s Sergeant Teboho Lephoto said.

Thomas Mahlobogoane told the Sowetan that he was driving home when he was stopped by two police officers and a police officer in June.

“They asked me why I was driving with the headlights switched off. I told them that they were wrong, my lights were switched on. One of them handcuffed me and then all hell broke loose.”

Mahlobogoane said one of the officers found his business card and asked him if he was a lawyer.

“He then tried to apologise and said I should tell a doctor who would examine me that I fell on the ground.”

The Independent Complaints Directorate is investigating.

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