Police ‘refuse to help’

2015-05-05 06:00
This is where six men attacked the group of men in the early hours of Sunday morning. Some of the valuables taken have since been returned.
Samantha Lee

This is where six men attacked the group of men in the early hours of Sunday morning. Some of the valuables taken have since been returned. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Social media was abuzz as a video clip of Philippi police officers allegedly refusing to open a case of hijacking went viral last week.

As it stands the video has been viewed more than 46 000 times and has 2 300 shares.

In the video a group of men can be heard trying to open a case of hijacking and armed robbery at the Philippi police station.

It is understood that the four men had been driving in Govan Mbeki Drive near Hanover Park when the car’s cambelt snapped, forcing them to pull over to the side of the road.

This was confirmed to People’s Post by the owner of the car, Monray Booysen.

“We were coming from a pool tournament and I was on my way to drop someone in Mitchell’s Plain. We were on our way on the back road from Lansdowne when the cambelt snapped. The car then died on the side of the road. We saw six men approaching us who asked if they could help us. The next thing we knew one pulled out a gun and pointed it at us,” the Bridgetown resident says.

The men then threatened them and stole pool cues, cash and other valuables before trying to start the car and drive away.

Because the cambelt had snapped they were unable to start the car and left the scene on foot.

Booysen says the men fired shots and tried to stab him, but missed.

“We were not far from the police station but called friends to come and help us,” he says.

His brother had gotten out of bed to come to their aid.

In the video the group can be heard asking the officers how to go about opening a case.

“Who [shot at] you,” the officer asks them.

“Can I tell you what happened?” Booysen asks in the video.

The officer then requests them not to all speak at once before asking who robbed them.

“How must I know?” Booysen responds.

The officer asks them what time the incident happened to which Booysen replies “after 1”.

The officer can be heard saying : “and you are still on the road? That is your problem.”

“We get shot at, robbed, they take all our stuff and all the stuff in the car and you are saying it’ s not your problem?” the complainant asks.

The incident happened shortly after 01:00 on Sunday 15 March.

The video was loaded onto Facebook on Friday 20 March.

Later in the video, the shift commander tells the men to come back the next day.

“I urge you to come back tomorrow... what you are alleging could be the truth but we urge you to come back tomorrow when you are sober,” the Captain says to them.

The men can be heard arguing that they were not drunk and telling the officers that they “smell like wine”.

Booysen told People’s Post they were not drunk. “We were not drinking and my brother – who the Captain was referring to – does not drink at all. He got out of bed to come and help us,” he says.

Booysen added the two officers had been sleeping when the men arrived.

He then left the police station and returned the next day to open the case.

“We added the grievance against these officers and made an official statement when we went back the next day,” he says.

Booysen reiterated he had not been drinking that night and that he was dropping team members after a semi-pro pool game.

He also confirmed to People’s Post that the men had damaged his valves when attempting to escape in his car.

All the stolen pool cues have since been returned.

“The men sold the cues to someone and we were able to get them back,” Booysen says.

Despite attempts and due to technical difficulty, People’s Post could not obtain additional comment from the Philippi Police Station at the time of going to print.

People’s Post will endeavour to publish a formal response from the police should it be received.


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