Cape Town cops accused of assaults

2012-10-22 10:22

Cape Town - A group of police officers at Steenberg station in Cape Town are being investigated for allegedly using "apartheid-like" assault methods, according to a report on Monday.

The Cape Argus reported that 11 residents filed a case against the Steenberg police station on Thursday for allegedly abducting, torturing and beating them, and destroying their property.

Their lawyer Bruce Hendricks said a complaint was also filed with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

They would approach the Western Cape High Court next month to interdict officers from assaulting them.

The assault apparently included being stripped naked, smothered with plastic bags over their faces and being hit with baseball bats and hockey sticks.

"I am not a gangster. I am a taxpayer. I deserve to be treated with dignity," one of the unidentified complainants told the newspaper.

Another complainant said police were traumatising the community.

"They don't want peace, they steal our stuff and give our children sleepless nights."

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said he was aware of the allegations.

"Complaints against our members are deemed as serious, and we will not hesitate to investigate every allegation of misconduct or brutality."

  • Chrizelda Morgan - 2012-10-22 10:50

    not every person from cape town smokes tik!! saps just abuses their authority everywhere in this country

  • canna.discussions - 2012-10-22 11:22

    Police using tactics like this will inevitably hurt innocent people as they use assumptions. Police brutality exposes children to violence and trauma that just isn't fair. Stand up for your rights and have these lawless cops brought to justice. My blog has many examples of how innocent people get caught in terrible situations due to police corruption and lawless actions. Criminals get left to die in our prisons, isn't that bad enough punishment? Do we still need to infringe on human rights before a guilty verdict has been given?

  • leisha.titus - 2012-10-22 11:40

    This idiot curriemafia. Maybe you have been smoking TIK thats how you spell it by the way. Do you even know this area. Think before you comment. A few years ago a mentally ill man was shot dead in the street by an officer from the same station who was then declared unfit for work and then ended up sweeping the stations floors. Really if you dont have anything constructive to say Shut UP

  • johan.wilsnach - 2012-10-22 12:14

    I would like to know what apartheid style assault looks like. As a child my father always said that a drug smoker and taker is a misfit ti society. This always stuck with me for good reason. I don't even want to respond to the currymufia's comment as is is stupid etc. That is why things are the way they are.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-23 12:07

    Interesting to see the efficiency and outcome of this investigation.

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