DA councillor admits to slapping sex worker

2010-10-13 00:00

MSUNDUZI councillor Peter Green has admitted to slapping a prostitute, but said he only did so after she had grabbed his private parts.

A case of assault has been opened against the councillor, who in turn opened a case of indecent behaviour against the woman.

The cases arise from an incident in Burger Street on Saturday night.

In a statement to The Witness yesterday, the Democratic Alliance councillor said he had been called to Burger Street about a noise complaint.

He contacted the police for assistance and while waiting for them, went to investigate a smouldering fire across the road.

“Two young ladies were standing nearby on the pavement and I asked them if they saw who started the fire. When they denied any knowledge of the fire, I asked them how long they had been there and what they were doing.

“One of the ladies approached me and clutching my groin said: ‘I am selling this’,” said Green.

“I was shocked at such an invasion of my dignity and immediately defended myself. I struck her with my right hand. She backed off with a self-conscious giggle and said nothing.”

He said the police arrived then and the woman “strolled over to the van and told the driver that I attacked her”.

Green told the police he wanted to lay a charge of soliciting and prostitution against her and the woman was put into the van.

He said a police officer asked him if he realised the woman was going to record a case of assault against him.

“Standing in front of [the police officer] I simulated the actions of the lady in question and asked him what he would do in the situation. He agreed that he too would have reacted in like manner.”

Green said the woman’s friend witnessed the incident.

It is believed that the woman has alleged she used a hand signal to point out Green’s private parts.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that a case of assault has been opened against Green and that he has opened a case of indecent behaviour in public against the woman. After investigation, dockets will be sent to the senior public prosecutor for a decision on whether to prosecute.

Jeevan said prostitution is a socio-economic problem in the city “which all the role players in the city need to deal with. The supply will be high as long as the demand is high.”

Numerous attempts to reach the woman, whose name is known to The Witness, were unsuccessful yesterday.




In related news, a Pinetown woman who asked not to be named, yesterday related how her husband, who was overnighting in Pietermaritzburg for business, was harassed by prostitutes in the street outside the place he stayed at in the CBD. She said the women offered him sex and drugs like dagga, mandrax and buttons. “He was angry and told them he was married. I want to alert people. They offered him sex for R300 and R150, but he declined.” She said people who have children may not be aware what their children will be exposed to if they stay at certain places in the city centre, and that her husband’s sleep was disturbed by voices haggling over “how much would be paid for how long”. Her husband spoke to a cleaner who said the management were aware of the presence of the prostitutes who use the accommodation to have sex with clients.

“I am outraged. I understand the socio-economic things these women go through but they should have respect for members of the public.” She said the prostitutes told her husband that they advertise in the newspaper and on the website www.pymt.co.za

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