Cop 'assaults' woman racing to dying dad

2012-06-06 10:00

Johannesburg - A Klerksdorp woman trying to reach her dying father to say goodbye was allegedly assaulted by a traffic officer on route to the hospital, according to a report in Beeld newspaper on Wednesday.

Hestia Kotze's father Koot de Beer died as she pleaded on her knees, in handcuffs, while a traffic officer allegedly manhandled her, swore at her and sprayed pepper spray in her face.

Kotze said she had received a call from staff at the Potchefstroom Mediclinic on Saturday afternoon to say that she should come immediately, because her father was dying.

According to Kotze, a traffic officer attempted to pull her over near the Ikageng off-ramp.

"I was doing no more than 120km. I moved into the other lane, and gestured to him, saying it was an emergency and I needed his help. My headlights and emergency lights were flashing," she said.

The officer followed Kotze to the hospital, allegedly apprehended her outside the entrance and threw her onto the ground.

Witnesses said he allegedly shoved Kotze against a fence, swore at her, pushed his knee into her back and squirted pepper spray in her face.

Kotze was taken to the local police station, where she was granted bail.

Charges against her were dropped by the Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court, but she said she would pursue a civil claim against the officer.

  • Michaele - 2012-06-06 10:07

    Mooi man, follow her to the hospital but fail to question her as to her circumstances...that is why the police are called "pigs".

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-06 10:23

      I'd love a cop to try that with me. I'd put his baton where the sun doesn't shine.

      Juan - 2012-06-06 10:27

      More like a savage in a police uniform. Poor woman I hope she receives the justice she deserves, but nothing could make up for the fact the she was denied her last moments with her father so sad. f**up country

      Willem - 2012-06-06 11:01

      @hugh - I feel you man.I'd definitely do the same but then you get arrested for obstruction of justice.No matter how right we are, we simply cannot win against our so called "protectors"

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-06 11:08

      Willem besides that, you will get arrested for racism. This is a sick country.

      Matthew - 2012-06-20 14:51

      SAPS: the worst gang yet to happen to South Africa

  • Sagin - 2012-06-06 10:08

    what a wonderful country.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-06-06 10:11

    Can she please sue the police officer himself for every cent he's worth as well.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-06-06 11:21

      what worth does a person employed as a police officer really have when they beat civilians up like this? Even if she did break the road rules it doesn't make it okay to attack her.

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-06-06 11:35

      Not all police in marked cars are police, this man could have been a rapist for all she knew. I would not stop if I was alone in my car for any one.

  • Ian - 2012-06-06 10:16

    bury the bastard, hope the scum gets fired as well, take him for everything Hestia, hope the bastard has to beg for half a loaf a bread, piece of rubbish

  • Freddy - 2012-06-06 10:17

    were is Bees Roux when you need him,he would show that traffic cock

      Omo - 2012-06-06 15:42

      Freddy,you are a very sick individual and most definately a racist.So you regard the killing of a human being a good thing.Pray no one murders one of your loved ones in cold blood.Animals like you and that beast "Bees roux" belong in jail.I see there are 85 other mentally disturbed individuals who share your satanic mindset.It is cretins like you with your hateful comments who polarize the country and consequently help idiots like Malema to amass a huge number of followers.

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 22:13

      well spotted omonaija .that thing got what he deserved .look at the rest of a white south African i see whites get killed by blacks every day i see how the ANC uses this new word transformation to work whites out of there jobs ,careers ,farms my children probably don't have a future in this place i have one dead uncle 2 dead friends killed by things you call human . i can go on and on im gatvol and my 88 followers are to so go give your standard African deceitful manipulative speech some were else . and i have lost a love one and two friends also my close friends mother was beaten up on her farm and her husband killed .

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-06-06 10:18

    This is her story, I'm sure the cop also has a story and somewhere inbetween lies the truth. Beeld is well known for its one sided reporting.

      Tinky - 2012-06-06 10:23

      There were witnesses who saw what the police man did to her, didn't you read the article?

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-06-06 11:18

      Albert there are so many of them (morons) stop pointing them out. You might get arrested for doing so brother.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-06 13:43

      Tinky to read a whole article your brain must be able to work longer than five seconds.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-06 13:46

      Hell I was almost hailed off to jail for interfering with a very large policeman beating a very small boy in the good old days. Right is right and if spending a night in jail is the consequence, so be it.

      johand.dutoit - 2012-06-08 13:26

      Jan,die saak is uit die hof gegooi,vertel dit nie vir jou iets nie?

  • Goldie - 2012-06-06 10:19

    As if the trauma of losing her dad is not enough. Bloody pigs!!!

  • Konstabel - 2012-06-06 10:24

    You have to fear cops more than criminals in South Africa ... no suprise since the many cops are criminals including their big bosses. I feel for the honest and upright police officers who still try to do the right thing while their corrupt colleagues are ruining the reputation of law enforcement.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-06 10:25

    Hestia, what a horrid experience for you to endure. racing to have one last moment with your father and then having to experience the reality of south african life. it is only when we citizens truely are in need, that we realize how powerless and alone we are in this country. my heart goes out to you and your family and to all south africans black and white, because we are all truely f@#$%^d

  • max.maxwell - 2012-06-06 10:25

    She should charge him for criminal assault, wrongful arrest and then sue him AND his superiors for everything they own! I notice he handcuffed her BEFORE assaulting her! Brave man!

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-06-06 10:26

    Is this not the cop who raped his Mom!

  • jammie.emanuel - 2012-06-06 10:30

    This is a tricky one. If she was speeding then that means she put the lives of other people in danger which could have resulted in a fatal accident. She had the right to say a last goodbye to her dying father but other people on the road have a right to safety on the road

      Don - 2012-06-06 10:36

      That does not give the traffic officer the right to manhandle her....or perhaps you also subscribe to savage law enforcement

      jammie.emanuel - 2012-06-06 10:52

      @Don, no it didn't give the cop a right to man handle her BUT we also do not have the full version of the story. The headline itself is designed to invoke outrage and it hides the issue that this woman was also breaking the law. Would you be defending her is she injured/killed some1 you knew while she was speeding to the hospital?

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-06-06 10:58

      The law does make provision for emergencies, hazzards and flashing lights are usaully accepted. That is why no charge was laid against her. The officer could have escorted her to her dying fathers side and after she said her goodbye arrested her. The issue was she was white and therefore infurior to the big brave black cop.

      Sean - 2012-06-06 11:05

      I have to agree with you, but it certainly doesn't give a man the right to manhandle a woman, and spray pepper spray in her face, to me who knows... Unfortunately with the past stories we have been hearing, cops are untrustworthy in our country and are bullying and robbing as well as raping on a daily basis... our own TAX money id getting used against us and its getting worse and worse each passing day, I sympathise with the woman and I commend the cop for wanting to do the right thing, but the way it was done leaves much to be desired! just saying..

      jammie.emanuel - 2012-06-06 11:06

      @Don how many blue light/ambulance accidents have been reported in the past two years? and these people have been trained to drive under emergency situations? The cop user excessive force BUT a speeding and emotional driver is a danger on the road. I was in a similar situation a few years ago but chose to follow the rules of the road, I didn't want another tragedy on my hands. that's my opinion anyway

      jammie.emanuel - 2012-06-06 11:08

      Did anyone receive evasive/advance driving while they were doing their K53? If no, then are you truly equipped to drive under such extreme situations?

      Deon - 2012-06-06 11:11

      Next time it might be better to phone the police and ask for an escort, but answering theire phones are another problem.

      jammie.emanuel - 2012-06-06 11:16

      @marko Emergency/law enforcement vehicles have 2 advantages, a very visible blue lamp and loud siren. We only have hazard lights. So with my level of driving experience (no advanced driving exp)and skill I would not feel safe speeding through traffic and risking getting me/other motorist injured

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-06-06 12:17

      Well Jammie your knowledge of averything is very admirable, we just hope one day when you have an emergency and do one or two wrong things that you are arrested and treated in the same manner. Maybe then you will feel what it feels like. But as things stand a cop was fired for daring to pull Winnie Mandelas car over for speeding and she had no excuse or emergency.

      jammie.emanuel - 2012-06-06 12:44

      @marko Like you said The law does make provision for emergencies, what does it say about injuring others on the road during emergencies? I don't trust the law enough to protect me in that scenario. All I'm saying is being emotional on the road can land you in hot water. We should also protect ourselves. I've heard stories of people going to jail for shooting criminals who broke into their houses. The officer in this story is a perfect example of the state of the law and it's custodians in our country

      Jacqui - 2012-06-06 13:48

      If speeding and putting other people's lives in danger is a worthwile criteria, half the taxi drivers ahould be in prison, permanently.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-06 13:51

      Jammie, maybe you could write to all those in office with their blue light brigades. How man lives do they put in danger every time they are on the road?.

  • Deon - 2012-06-06 10:31

    It sounds like he was looking for a bribe.

  • nokubonga.bongiemaxwele - 2012-06-06 10:37

    I hate this, why are people so insensitive, this cop should have known better!!

  • cynthia.wannenburg - 2012-06-06 10:41

    In a sitiuation like this, they should be assisting you, how dare him, throw the book at him, and then they want us to respect them. Sic

  • Freddy - 2012-06-06 10:42

    He is a racist cop ,what do you expect.there is no way that he would tistn to a white lady.

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 11:01

      now way that he would listen to a white lady under our new transparteid and in the old aphartied it was visa versa

      Jacqui - 2012-06-06 13:54

      Freddy How do you know he was black?. He may have been one of those new migrants from a solar system not too far away.

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 22:14

      maybe Jaqui,hehe

  • njabs.ngcobo - 2012-06-06 10:48

    This is shocking! Where is the humanity in our people?

  • rudolph.steenkamp - 2012-06-06 10:48

    The officer allegedly said she was driving 240km/h. If he filed that as the speed she drove, then he should prove that her bakkie can reach that speed, and if not, then should be charged for fraud as well.

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 10:58

      Wow i want one of those bakkies.

  • marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-06-06 10:51

    Just another racist insident in our fake rainbow nation.

  • matt.jordan.144 - 2012-06-06 10:53

    My opinion is that Metro Police are lazy, a waste of time and are only there to bring in money for government to "use". They are basically salesmen of government law who think they are above it. I hope she sues the HELL out of them.

  • antonvanzyl - 2012-06-06 10:58

    Come live in London

  • Tommy Mosiane - 2012-06-06 11:07

    he seems 2 be the 1 frans

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-06-06 11:08

    Compared it to the spear incident. The security guard arrested and locked up within two days. And he really only did his job and did it well. The so-called victim clearly resisted arrest there. BUT irrespective of one's take on the incident, why was it even necessary to arrest him? Surely he could have been contacted and warned to appear in court? Now, why is the cop in this case not yet in custody?

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-06-06 11:30

      Your view of the action of the security guard proves once again that we only see what we want to see, your interpretation differs from mine and who knows what is right and what is wrong? I however do think your views will lose if taken on a vote.

  • Byron - 2012-06-06 11:20

    This assault is but the tip of an iceberg. I ma not 100% sure whether this story relates to Metro Police or SAP. On more than one occasion have I been at the end of a Metro Cops absusiveness, and rudeness. I have been threatened on a number of occasions, particularly when I have questioned the officer about the legality of why I was pulled over. I have been the victim of trumped up charges, the main one being I am being fined for obstructing the flow of traffic. I have been told that just because I am White that I think I can do what I like. Metro cops are out of control, which was plain to see some time ago on Carte Blanche. They are a law unto themselves, and please do not ever try and argue with a Black Metro cop if you are White, that will be looking for trouble. For those of you supporting the actions of this bully, try and put yourself in the shoes of a lady who's father is dying, or perhaps your child is involved in an incident at school and is seriously injured. You have to get to the school in a hurry. I promise you that no cop will stand in your way.

      jammie.emanuel - 2012-06-06 12:30

      did you ever report any of these to the IPID?

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-06 11:32

    ok, so what about all the speeding taxis driving in the yellow lane full with passengers on a school morning??? and the playas in the BMWs on a Friday night going through intersections at 100km/h??? Again soft target here! Cop cannot be blamed for his attitude - he has so many corrupt Chiefs of Police facing criminal charges and so many still to come. This lady could've been escourted and dealt with later. If i were in here situation i would've stopped when i saw the cop and asked him for an escourt but i suppose that'd be too much to digest.

  • Konanani - 2012-06-06 11:36

    I dnt support the assult bt wat if she cause an accident

  • 00Kriek7 - 2012-06-06 11:43

    I'll agree with some of the comments, yes, her father was dying, but stopping for 5 minutes or less would have avoided this whole situation. If the officer did shove her, treated her inhumanely and send her to a police station without reasoning, he must be punished.

  • Jane - 2012-06-06 11:47

    SAPS, the Metro Police and our Traffic Officers are a disgrace! A bunch of bulllies with no common sense unable to grasp the most basic of situations. It has gotten to the point where as a 30 year old female I am petrified of being pulled over for some alleged offence incase I am raped, asaulted or hijacked by our so called law enforces. Hestia Kotze, PLEASE sue the traffic department!

      angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-06-06 17:08

      She won't succeed bcos she broke the law too, she put other peoples life in danger that cop was acting the they were taught, she didn't wait, atleast if she waited and tell him Why she's speeding maybe he was going to drive her there but no what he did is wrong comeon lets be realistic. I do feel sorry for her but she was not suppose to act the way she did too, where you going to say the same thing if she collide with other cars and innocent people dies because of her reckless????? Think

      angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-06-06 17:08

      She won't succeed bcos she broke the law too, she put other peoples life in danger that cop was acting the they were taught, she didn't wait, atleast if she waited and tell him Why she's speeding maybe he was going to drive her there but no what he did is wrong comeon lets be realistic. I do feel sorry for her but she was not suppose to act the way she did too, where you going to say the same thing if she collide with other cars and innocent people dies because of her reckless????? Think

  • zaid.personal - 2012-06-06 12:32

    I can completely believe her experience to be real. I was rushing home in peak hour traffic when my house was literally on fire. The arrogant cops that pulled me off for driving in the emergency lane with hazards flashing and headlights on refused to even contact the emergency services to confirm if there was indeed a fire at my address. They were arrogant, incompetent, blatantly bigoted, because they allowed several cars to drive through the yellow lane before they pulled me off, and responded arrogantly and threateningly when I suggested that I would like to see how they would respond the day their house was burning down! Metro cops are shameless, arrogant and vile more often than not.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-06 14:07

      Zaid, stupid is the main criteria you have to meet to join the police. So what can we expect?. .

  • Maria - 2012-06-06 12:32

    How could a man shove a woman against a wall, pushed his knee into her back,squirted pepper spray in her face, threw her on the ground, manhandle her - for what?? I think he's watching too much horror movies (007)/ wrestling - maybe he thought you were John Cena/Undertaker - some men - I'm blaming the one who trained him - Bastard

      Jacqui - 2012-06-06 14:08

      Maria, that's how he treats his wife too.

      Nolitha - 2012-06-06 15:35

      Footage should be obtained to show what really transpired between the lady

      John - 2012-06-20 20:55

      The only lawful action this thug is allowed to do is touch the offender on the shoulder and state that she was under arrest. Then immediately state the cause of the arrest. If the arrest is LAWFUL and she attempts to escape then he can use minimal but sufficient force to detain her. These thug policemen are very reluctant to use the words, YOU ARE UNDER ARREST! Mostly because the arrest is unlawful! Learn the CONSTITUTION. It is the most important thing you will learn.

  • Lucille - 2012-06-06 12:45

    Hope currymafia never get the situation that he had to rush to his family members, because whatever you do today will hunt you down in that moment

  • Shaun Homani - 2012-06-06 12:46

    Must we all talk in favour of Hestia? Nonsense, where is my comment damn editor?

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-06 13:39

    I hope she sues this swine for every penny the idiot will ever earn. Policemen were manhandling an invalid in a wheel chair in the Strand, why I only hear of such things too late is beyond me. Please be assured I too would have been arrested for interfering.

  • Stuart - 2012-06-06 14:44

    What a hero! I hope he sleeps well at night.(After beating up,his wife and kids). Animals!

  • Rupert - 2012-06-06 15:14

    so if you have an emergency and you are flashing your lights you are not to be stopped by the police , that's a lame excuse .

      Erna - 2012-06-06 16:33

      No but if you try and explain he should assist and not arrest you! Read a bit furtier than the first paragraph!

      Erna - 2012-06-06 16:35


      angel.mukhwantheli - 2012-06-06 17:13

      Exactly but she didn't. I feel sorry for her and what the cop did, spraying pepper spray on her face was not nice.

      martin.vandersandt.3 - 2012-06-07 10:02

      There were a better way to do this.the lady could have stopped and explained the situation to the cop then the cop could have escorted her,but she refused to how should he have known its an emergency the vehicle could have been high jacked/stolen/atm bomber/house robber.she proceeded oncomming traffic what if she made an accident and an innocent party were killed?and ya no I didn't drive faster than 120km/h they all say that.they always judge but when somebody is killed then they ask where were the cops. She can be glad the cop didn't open fire on the vehicle. If u resist arrest cops are allowed to use force to effect arrest its the now anybody are allowed to put on their hazzards and endanger other traffic for a so called ”emergency” the next time I must go to the toilet while iam driving iam also going to put on my hazzards and drive like a mad man because its an ”emergency\

  • Terry - 2012-06-06 15:33

    i hope she sues him for a very karge amount as all policemen have so much illegal money and goods,put it into all the papers and mags and media.good luck dear and my sincere condolances

  • Michaele - 2012-06-06 16:00

    @ News24 Why can certain groups make racially implied comments on your network but when I react to those comments, my text is deleted. Would love to have a response. The comments were with regards to ""

  • Necronomicus - 2012-06-07 06:45

    I forward the motion to make every metro cop a moving target.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-06-07 08:46

    What a movie! Maybe Hestia sweared at him. Abuse a woman, for sure the cop must be taken for a task!

  • Paco - 2012-06-12 14:45

    this reminds me of the savage apartheid police

      John - 2012-06-20 20:36

      OOH and they were white, so a bully is a bully, a thug is a thug ! Race and skin colour have absolutely nothing to do with it. Incompetence, training by incompetent half trained training officers is the problem, along with disrespect for your fellow countrymen. Give respect and you may receive respect.

  • John - 2012-06-20 19:44

    If there were any real GOOD men they should have intervened and restrained the thug from his unlawful actions. Unfortunately the thug force have us the people thoroughly cowed into believing that whatever action taken by a police thug is lawful!\r\nYOUR basic rule is, if YOU are not allowed to do it, the police thug is not allowed to do it. \r\nIf you can be arrested for it, you can and should arrest him for the same offence. Unfortunately we are too frightened to be decent human beings!

  • John - 2012-06-20 20:23

    The prosecutor in this case obviously saw through the bull...t sworn under oath statement by the thug policeman.\r\n \r\nThus the case is withdrawn! \r\nNow let,s see if the SAPS will accomodate a charge of assault GBH against the thug.\r\nShe needs to go to the Independent Complaints Directorate to help us all in keeping the thugs embedded in our Police SERVICES in line. They are so badly trained. I hope our new national commissioner focuses on TRAINING in the:\r\nConstitution,\r\nCriminal Procedures Act, \r\nS.A.Police Act.

  • John - 2012-06-20 20:25

    The prosecutor in this case obviously saw through the bull...t sworn under oath statement by the thug policeman.\r\n \r\nThus the case is withdrawn! \r\nNow let,s see if the SAPS will accomodate a charge of assault GBH against the thug.\r\nShe needs to go to the Independent Complaints Directorate to help us all in keeping the thugs embedded in our Police SERVICES in line. They are so badly trained. I hope our new national commissioner focuses on TRAINING in the:\r\nConstitution,\r\nCriminal Procedures Act, \r\nS.A.Police Act.

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