Bummer for cops as victim wins lawsuit

2015-08-11 13:46
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Pretoria - A man who was shot in the buttocks and thrown in the boot of a car by members of the South African Police Service has received R500 000 in damages, the Pretoria News reported on Tuesday.

The High Court in Pretoria has awarded 34-year-old Patrick Xaba of Bronkhorstspruit the claim after he was falsely detained by police, among other things.

Xaba was reportedly waiting for a friend on the side of a road in Zebediela, Limpopo in July 2011 when the incident took place.

According to the report, police had allegedly been waiting for Xaba in his friend’s car, before confronting him and shooting him in the buttocks. Police then interrogated him about allegedly stealing groceries and airtime.

Despite his denials, Xaba was handcuffed and thrown into the boot of his friend’s car to be questioned by people in the area.

When the police realised they had arrested the wrong suspect, they reportedly took him back to the scene and placed an unlicensed firearm in his hand, photographing him.

Xaba's lawyer argued in court this was done to defend the police officers' actions, the Pretoria News reported.

He was then taken to hospital and kept under police guard for three weeks.

Xaba’s lawyer claimed damages on his behalf on the grounds of the shooting, as well as for unlawful arrest and detention, ending a four-year ordeal.

Xaba’s story is not the only long-running saga of police brutality to attract headlines this month.

The case involving Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia is currently being tried in the High Court in Pretoria, News24 reported.

Nine police officers were arrested after a video emerged in 2013 of Macia being dragged behind a police van through the streets of Daveyton on the East Rand.

Macia was confronted by two policemen for obstructing traffic with his taxi.

To read more about the Mido Macia trial, click here.

In June, judges of appeal in Pietermaritzburg upheld a decision to award R95 000 in damages to each of three women who were illegally arrested, detained and maliciously prosecuted in Kwandengezi, Pinetown in 2009, The Witness reported.

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