Victim struggles to get cops to arrest assailant

2011-02-22 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man who says he was assaulted by his former girlfriend’s boyfriend is at his wits’ end because his efforts to get the police to attend to the matter have drawn a blank.

Ian Mackenzie (27) claims the police say they have failed to locate the assailant and if he wants to see progress in the case he should find the man himself and tell them his whereabouts.

Mackenzie says that after the man assaulted him last year he reported the matter to the police, but the case was dropped when the police failed to find the assailant.

When he was assaulted for the second time earlier this year, he reported the matter to the police again. This time they told him they did not have the time to search for the man; he should find the man himself and report back to the police.

Mackenzie says he broke up with the girl almost 10 years ago because her family did not approve of their relationship.

Last year on his way to work, he says, he encountered his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend, who ran him off the road with a bicycle.

“I went to the police and reported the matter. When I went to check on the progress the police told me they had dropped the case because they could not locate the man who assaulted me.

“Earlier this year … I encountered this man again. He assaulted me and threw me against a palisade fence which left me with serious injuries.

“I went to the police to report the matter again and the officer in charge told me they would not be able to locate the man; therefore I should go to his house, verify the address and come back and tell them where he was.

“I am concerned about this because he could assault me again,” says Mackenzie.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said the incident is not acceptable conduct for the investigating officers.

“These are serious allegations against members of the SA Police Force and will have to be substantiated and thoroughly investigated by management.”


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