Cape cops set for hearings over busker

2013-07-10 19:12

Cape Town - Suspension proceedings against three metro police officers who allegedly manhandled a blind busker in the CBD have commenced, the City of Cape Town’s Richard Bosman said on Wednesday.
The officers’ hearings will take place this week.

Busker Lunga Goodman Nono was dragged away from his spot in St George’s Mall by several metro officers who broke his guitar and dragged him to a police van.

Nono was arrested and fined R1 500 for busking outside of his permit hours.

Hundreds of people converged on St George’s Mall on Wednesday in protest against the incident.
In the statement, Bosman said it deemed the actions of the officers involved “were not in keeping with this administration’s commitment to building a caring city that respects every resident’s right to dignity”.
“It must also be noted that the vast majority of the city’s law enforcement department work in what are sometimes challenging and dangerous environments to ensure, as far as they are able, that the people of this city live in an ordered and peaceful environment.
“It is largely because of their vigilance that busking is anecdotally more popular in Cape Town than in other CBDs around South Africa. In Cape Town, the CBD is not a no-go zone but an inclusive area where people work, socialise and live. For this, we have our law enforcement officers to thank.”
The city also pointed out that after reading about the incident, the busker was contacted by his brother, Lungiswa Goodwell Nono, who had last heard from the singer 10 years ago.

“Earlier this morning [Wednesday], they made contact for the first time in a decade. It is pleasing that out of this unfortunate incident, the silver lining of the reuniting of these brothers has occurred.”

By Wednesday afternoon, as crowds gathered around him, Nono was back at his usual spot with a new guitar which was donated by musician Tony Cox.

“I am very happy,” Nono said.

Nono has also received a recording contract from The Rooftop Recording studio.

  • Israel Levi - 2013-07-10 19:30

    Fire the pigs, south african pig service has gone to the dogs, working in court enviroment has shown me that the scum in the police outnumber the good 10 to 1. So for every good pig there are 10 bad.

  • Nomcebo Ngidi - 2013-07-10 19:42

    Nono come to Durban there are many who do the samething u do with no problem and water taste okay

      Neville Watson - 2013-07-11 07:00

      Except for the poor guys who build sand sculptures on the beach?

  • Nokwanda Mfundisi Skwash - 2013-07-10 19:49

    police they dont do their job they are chasing good people and innocent one,there are many thugs outside ,i hate the police

  • George Pito - 2013-07-10 19:52

    I had kind of a tear in my eye when I read this story. Then I dont blame the cops either. See this monster of no law was created and people with very little training and the lack of discretion. Now they suspend the cops but they should be trained or jus get fired. I am glad for the poor blind guy. What they need is not suspension but training or some kind of community service.

  • Chikomborero Dupxa - 2013-07-10 20:21

    Diamond lining to this cloud

  • Andrew Selous - 2013-07-10 20:32

    Saving face.

  • Mesty Matlala - 2013-07-10 20:38

    I really do not understand how man handling has now become survival,or in cape town perhaps. This poor man was treated badly because he is poor,black and blind. The city of cape town should be taken to task according to my opinion. SAIRR should intervene on the matter. It is high time that black people are seen as humans in this city.

      George Pito - 2013-07-10 21:11

      Hi Metsy maybe you dont know the cops are part of a national process and are not selected by a political party. So what goes for Cape town is part the Government which implies all over the country the so called blacks which are treated bad is because the governmenet in control and in this case you think it is the DA which it is not.

      Piet Boerie - 2013-07-11 09:40

      Dear dim comrade you vote yet you have no idea so maybe think about your vote.

  • Funwithgoats - 2013-07-10 21:22

    Trying glorify or even justify this heinous police brutality sickens me. These arrogant pigs should be removed from society.

  • Neville Watson - 2013-07-11 07:01

    Two things went wrong here. The law is inappropriate, the police then enforced it inappropriately.

      pws69 - 2013-07-11 07:51

      Busking regulations to be reviewed - Patricia de Lille

  • Kurt Kassen - 2013-07-11 07:20

    Ja im sure they"police"is not fond of u too

  • Kurt Kassen - 2013-07-11 07:24

    For once sum1 is seeing the positive side thank u luke ja i knw police are corrupt and all but nt all of them sum police go out of thier way not all is bad and ppl shud giv credit whr its due and stop moaning abt everything

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2013-07-11 08:05

    6 metro police arresting a blind man on st Georges mall is not 'working in dangerous conditions'

  • Piet Boerie - 2013-07-11 09:43

    The DA picked on a black blind man and sent their ANC card carrying cadres police to evict him. Yep great idea giving preferential treatment to employing cadres in public service, well at least they will follow the party line. CADRE = CORRUPTION

  • Jayden - 2013-07-11 15:05

    This is what they looking for soft targets , They are so scared of the skollie element ,They look like models with their dark sunglasses , To those who do good work keep it up , And get rid of rotten apples

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