Gogo claims police kicked down door, gate

2015-04-30 06:00
Gogo Nomazotsho Ngova in the doorway of her house, which she alleges police to have kicked down.

Gogo Nomazotsho Ngova in the doorway of her house, which she alleges police to have kicked down.

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Gogo Nomazotsho Ngova,70, a Tambo Village resident says men wearing police uniforms and balaclavas twice forced their way into her house looking for guns and drugs. She alleges that the incident took place around 11pm on Monday.

“They banged on the doors, saying they were looking for Xolani, a grandson,”. This after they had allegedly broken her security gate and kicked her door in, forcing their way into the house.

“I was woken up with blue lights surrounding my house. Three police officers kicked down my front door to get in,” she added.

“ I jumped out of bed to see what was happening. They told me they wanted to speak with my grandson privately,” said Ngova. “I was so scared of them,”.

She said the men had covered their faces with balaclavas and were not wearing their name tags.

Outside her house were police vehicles and a white Toyota bakkie, she said.

Ngova said this was the second time that men wearing police uniforms and balaclavas had broken into her house looking for guns and drugs they claimed her grandson Xolani had in his possession.

Last Thursday the same thing had happened. Both the South African Police Service (SAPS) and City Metro police denied any knowledge of either incident.

Western Cape police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk advised GroundUp to forward our questions to City of Cape Town Metro police.

But the City’s Executive Director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman, said the City’s law enforcement services had not been involved in any operation at Ngova’s house and referred us back to the SAPS. “This is bad. I can’t live like this,” Ngova said.

“My house is broken. I’m not safe at all. I’m scared of sleeping here alone,”.

Gogo Ngova said she was not defending her grandson but thought the police should consider her age during their operations.

It’s not only affecting those who are accused of being gang members,”.

Sizeka Njana, a neighbour, said she was about to go to sleep on Monday night when she heard the commotion.

“I saw them kick down the door to get inside,

“I heard them shouting at Xolani, saying he’s a Hard Livings gang member.

They kept on shouting at him, asking him where he kept the gun,” said Njana

“This is not right. Mama Ngova is very old to be treated like this. She is a well respected person in this area. I don’t think she was going to refuse to open the door,” said Njana.

Njana said that although it was strange for police to cover their faces, she understood why they might do so.

“We have a problem of gang fights in this area and I think police are also scared of them.

As community members we have had several meetings trying to find a solution but we’re not getting anywhere,”.

Another neighbour said she saw six men, two in uniform, wearing balaclavas.

“They were driving in a white Toyota bakkie.

“I saw them dragging Xolani. They kept on punching him, asking him where he had hidden drugs and a gun.

Ngova said she had gone to Manenberg police station to report Thursday’s incident. The station commander had ordered one of the officers to go with her to check the damage. The officer had promised to return to take her statement

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