Battered and bruised

2019-11-21 06:00
Sive Ratya says he was assaulted by Khayelitsha police.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Sive Ratya says he was assaulted by Khayelitsha police.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A regular Friday morning sleep abruptly turned into a day of agony for a 31-year-old Khayelitsha man when a group of police allegedly stormed his home.

Sive Ratya claims his family was rudely awakened by the police who were lsearching for a firearm. He said the family was sleeping on Friday 15 November when they heard a knock at the door around 03:00. Unsure of what was happening, Ratya says his uncle opened the door and was surprised to see a group of police officers standing at the door. He claims the officers roughed up his uncle, Mongezi Ratya and told him they were looking for him. “They assaulted him asking where I was,” he says.

Ratya says the officers accused him of having a firearm and began searching the house. He says when the police could not find the gun they took him to Monwabisi beach where they allegedly assaulted him. “When we got to the beach that is when they started assaulting me with a sjambok and I still have the scars to prove it,” he said.

Ratya says the officers then dropped him off very far from his home and he had to walk back. He says when he got home they noticed that his uncle’s two cellphones were missing.

He says they went to the Khayelitsha police station to open a case of assault and theft. He says they are still waiting for the first police contact.

Khayelitsha police station spokesperson Const Lowellan West said the docket of assault against Ratya is currently with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). He said IPID will make a decision whether to investigate the matter or bring it back to the station so we can handle it.

IPID had not responded to City Vision at the time of going to print.

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