Cop faces charges in woman’s assault

2011-09-16 00:00

A POLICE officer from Bushman’s Nek border post is facing charges of common assault after he allegedly bashed a woman until she wet herself in front of her two infants at the Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort near Underberg.

Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) national spokesperson Tiyani Sambo told The Witness the complaint is under investigation.

Makhosazana Mkhize (28) from Empangeni said she is embarrassed about the incident, where the officer punched and slapped her on the face, twisted her arm and called her names.

Mkhize said that on August 20 she visited her sister, who works at the beauty spa at the resort. Her sister was busy with a client so she went to the resort’s restaurant.

“A man I believe to be the restaurant manager approached me and asked me whether I had signed in at the gate.” She said she answered: “Obviously everybody that comes into the hotel must sign in, so yes, I did sign”.

Later, Mkhize confronted the man and told him she didn’t like the way he approached her.

The confrontation became heated and the man threatened to remove her from the premises.

When she was driving off the restaurant manager arrived with another man on a motorbike, identified as an officer from Bushman’s Nek border post, who was wearing denim overalls.

“As I drove off the man on the motorbike quickly jammed his bike in front of me, shouting that I was trying to run him over and then slapped me through the window of my car,” she said.

The officer allegedly shouted at her again, using a racist term, and said he was arresting her for trespassing and trying to run over a police officer.

“I was holding on to my steering wheel while he grabbed me. He punched me twice so hard that I was flung onto the passenger seat where my two-year-old was standing and he hit the window. I also wet myself,” she said.

“He pulled me out of the car and he then called for a police van to come take me.”

On August 22, Mkhize appeared in court at Underberg on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and public disturbance, but the prosecutor dropped all the charges.

The resort declined to comment.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case of common assault is under investigation against the police officer.

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