Man (28) claims torture by police

2011-11-15 00:00

POLICE could face legal action after they allegedly tortured a 28-year-old man from Edendale during an interrogation at his house last week.

Scelo Ngidi claims he was tortured from 9.30 pm till 11.30 pm on Thursday by members of the SA Police Service, who said they were looking for a gun he allegedly owned. Ngidi has denied owning a gun.

He says police electrocuted him with a taser gun and suffocated him using a tube.

Ngidi said he and his girlfriend and young child were awoken in their rented room by heavy knocking that night.

His girlfriend opened the door and the police barged in. She was taken outside and questioned.

“She told them she did not know about any gun and they moved me to a corner inside the room. They locked her out with a child that she was carrying.

“They asked me where the gun was. I told them I did not own a gun and they were welcome to search the room.”

Ngidi said the police produced taser guns and electrocuted him. “I started screaming and another police officer told the others that I was making noise and I would wake the other people up who rented there. He suggested I should be taken elsewhere.”

They pushed him into the yard where they were confronted by home owner, Gcinumuzi Mfeka, whom they told to mind his own business.

Ngidi said he was dragged to a house next door, where they continued to torture him. “This time they were using tasers and were also tubing me. I had to struggle just to get out of their grip and be able to breathe.”

Ngidi said he is consulting a lawyer and plans to report the police to the Independent Complains Directorate.

“This has been a terrible ordeal and I am afraid to even sleep in my room.”

Mfeka said he was appalled by what he saw. “These were apartheid-era police, they were cruel and very rude.”

Police confirmed the incident and said a case of assault is being investigated following allegations that Ngidi was assaulted by a group of men claiming to be police officers.


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