Cop and clerk fight on forecourt

2012-05-15 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG woman said she was left traumatised after being beaten up by a police officer on Sunday.

Thalitha Ngubane, a senior administration clerk with the Mountain Rise police station, was busy arranging a Mothers Day gift at about 2 pm on Sunday afternoon when she got into an argument with a police officer on the forecourt of a filling station on Chief Albert Luthuli Street.

The incident, which was captured on CCTV camera, left her scared and reminded her of what happened to her late sister.

“My sister was killed by her husband, who was a police officer,” she told The Witness.

“I didn’t even know he was a policeman when he was slapping me. I only found out later at the police station that he was an officer,” Ngubane said.

She said she had gone to the garage to meet her cousins so that they could deliver a cake to her mother for Mothers Day.

But as she was fetching the cake from her car, she was nearly run over by a silver Jeep that was exiting the garage.

“I asked him what he was doing, and he said, ‘This is not a place for pedestrians’”.

He jumped out of the car and started threatening her, she alleged.

“He started slapping me and swearing at me, calling me isifebe (whore).”

At that point, Ngubane said, she dropped everything she was holding in her hands.

“I picked up my pepper spray, which had fallen out of my handbag, and sprayed it at him. He picked up my car keys, and drove off with them.”

It took her two hours to get her keys back, after she had gone to a police station and opened a charge of assault.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed that the alleged assailant was a police officer and said a counter-charge of assault was being investigated.

“It is alleged that a policeman from the SA Police Service public order policing unit had an argument with another civilian member from SAPS Mountain Rise when the officer almost collided into the civilian member’s vehicle while reversing,” Jeevan said.

“Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

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