Cop due in court over brutal assault

2012-03-14 10:21

Polokwane - A Vaalwater policeman is due to appear in court on Wednesday on a charge of assault, after cellphone video footage taken in November last year showed him kicking and assaulting a man outside a tavern before arresting him.

The Independent Complaints Directorate has confirmed that it is investigating a case of police brutality.

The Sowetan first reported on the incident last year, but the video footage has only recently been made public, and was posted on 2oceansVibe on Tuesday.

The uniformed police officer reportedly spent time as the acting station commander of Vaalwater police station after the incident occurred.

According to 2oceansVibe, a bystander secretly filmed the assault on a 19-year-old man and a Grade 10 learner outside a Vaalwater tavern on November 24 last year. He was loaded into the police van and later taken to hospital. He laid a charge of assault against the police officer when he was discharged.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mlaudzi told News24 that he had seen the video and found it "horrific" and "very disturbing".

But Mlaudzi said the alleged assault "does not reflect Saps conduct in terms of dealing with suspects".

The police station has also confirmed that a case has been opened.

  • Ayanda - 2012-03-14 10:26

    19 year old in grade 10??

      Peter - 2012-03-14 10:29

      He is too young for Gd 10 now a days

      Sechaba - 2012-03-14 10:43

      i remember last year's soweto marathon winner was 25 years old and in grade 12

      Unique - 2012-03-14 10:50

      learn to read Ayanda

      Johann - 2012-03-14 10:52

      I think if you have done some thing wrong, sober or not ,a court of law should find you guilty and punish you, not a cop that got his information from the surounding crowd.

      Bianca - 2012-03-14 11:22

      A 19 year old AND a grade 10.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-03-14 12:06

      Ayanda you are a fool here who can not read properly and rush to comment

      Jomah - 2012-03-14 12:50

      The grade 10 learner is probably 21!

      eradingoana - 2012-03-14 12:57

      19 years old in Grade 10? He passes the taverns when students pass classes. Tavern is his class.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-03-14 13:04

      Don't be too quick to judge poor Ayanda ,because in her book a 19 year old is too young to be in grade 10 . Or kanjani Mayandi ?

      Shoosh - 2012-03-14 20:30

      Ayanda has a classmate @eradingoana. Sit in the corner & don't take off your dunce caps until you learn to read properly. There were 2 persons he assaulted 19 yr old & grade 10 learner. Why was no action taken against this fat useless, scumbag bully when this was reported last year, another cover up hoping that it will just go away? How long will this investigation take will it also be dismissed as "insufficient evidence".

  • Pythagoras - 2012-03-14 10:28

    What did the guy do? Why was he being arrested News24? It would clear up if the guy deserved the beating or not!

      Hans - 2012-03-14 10:37

      I agree. For all we know he may have just committed rape, in which case I'll gladly throw in a few punches myself.

      ozzie.oz1 - 2012-03-14 10:37

      Pythagoras - are you stupid? No one deserves to be treated like that and most certainly NOT from a policeman!

      Patrick - 2012-03-14 10:41

      Unarmed suspects do not deserve beatings. In fact no unarmed suspect deserves a beating, that's why we have laws... If he is guilty of some atrocity, let them sort it out behind bars, beating someone at the point of arrest is completely unethical and unconstitutional. Secondly, officers are armed, who's going to take on an armed man in a fist fight? That officer was clearly in the wrong.

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-14 10:42

      @ ozzie.oz1 – Oh so if someone kills one of your family members or rapes them, he does not deserve to get beaten up?

      Dineo - 2012-03-14 10:55

      This children things they do when they are drunk are scary what if he just raped a 5 year old?

      Sechaba - 2012-03-14 11:00

      @Dineo, you reckon there will be a five year old at the tavern????

      Patrick - 2012-03-14 11:00

      @Hans - I believe the key words here are, "For all we know". @Pythagoras - "Oh so if someone kills one of your family members or rapes them, he does not deserve to get beaten up?" Just curious but where did it say he raped someone? This is all speculation... Secondly, if he did, let them do it in the prison cells, it's not uncommon for the police to allow the family of said rape victim to come into the station and have a free-for-all on the suspect. I even know people who have been offered the opportunity to shoot the suspect in the head.

      npretorius2 - 2012-03-14 11:10

      He was drunk and hit his hand through a tavern window. Definitely undeserved. If he raped or murdered or molested a child it might be justified. But not having 1 to many. I watched the video now, WOW, really brutal.

      Bianca - 2012-03-14 11:23

      Nobody deserves to be beaten up by a cop like that!!!! Even if he was in the wrong, then you arrest him and let the law take its course!!!

      Antipoaching - 2012-03-14 12:01

      A Court of Law should decide his innoncence or guilt not some random cop!!! No-one deserves to be beaten like that, no matter what they're charged with....

      Dineo - 2012-03-14 17:13

      @Sechaba this idiots rape and run to the tarven i am not saying this one did that but if he did he deserves all the beating sies muskont

  • Ben - 2012-03-14 10:39

    If the public knew what the police have to deal with from day to day they wont be too harsh in their critisism. I am not for violence but it depends who you are dealing with. Laws are the same for all the people but all people are not the same.

      Tony - 2012-03-14 16:50

      He CHOSE his career, nobody forced him to be a cop. On the other hand, the guy being slapped CHOSE to disregard one or other law I assume. I feel sorry for the dude in the green shirt. PC plod lets him help to get the guy into the van, then he gets a klap for good measure!

  • Koos - 2012-03-14 10:47

    GET TAZERS AND TEAR GAS..... stop with the africa mentality and do it quickly and properly! but the way how it was done, was wrong.... very wrong!

      Koos - 2012-03-14 11:37

      Kom VIS!!!! he he he

  • Besil - 2012-03-14 10:50

    At times we have to consider the dangerous situations officers encounter if they relax they will die! I believe at times they have to use force.

      drishworth - 2012-03-14 12:56

      @Besil, did you watch the video? I hardly think this youngster was a threat - he had been beaten senseless. I understand what readers are saying about had he committed rape he deserved the beating,perhaps so - but when do you stop? This guy was a rag doll and this policeman continued to kick and drag him around. Try the man for his crime and give him whatever punihment is fitting but this policeman must also be held accountable for the calous manner in which he executed his duty.

  • Derk - 2012-03-14 10:58

    click on the 2oceansVibe on this page and have a look it is disgusting

  • Martin - 2012-03-14 10:58

    Mlaudzi wanna bet

  • frikkie.botes - 2012-03-14 10:59

    Murderers in SA are from grade 7 up onwards. House robbers are learners, hijackers are learners and last but not least so are the majority policemen.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-03-14 10:59

    @Brigadier Hangwani Mlaudzi You turn your back on your own people...a guy who was an acting Station Commander...thus one of the better ones...that same back will be uncovered one day when you need cover the most.

  • pws69 - 2012-03-14 11:11

    Two thoughts come to mind. 1. It was excessive. 2. I believe it is a sign of frustration. Let me elaborate. Cops put their lives on the line, only for a magistrate to give bail on the flimsiest of reasons. The whole law (we don't have justice) system is a mess.

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  • Mzwandile - 2012-03-14 11:21

    Irrespective of what has happened, the duty of a police oficer is to effect an arrest using the minimun force in the most human manner. That's what happens in a democratic and civilised society. Our constitution says that. As you can see in the video there was not reason for the police to kick and beat this year man. Worse the other bystander was assisting the police to get this guy into the van, and what? he get a beating from the police. He must be fired, he belong to the apartheid police system. Go Go Go back to those that trained to be brutal with civilians.

      Besil - 2012-03-14 11:44

      You do not know what u writing about and you do not know what had happened before so do not put unjustified assumptions, furthermore you are contradicting yourself by saying the bystander was helping! If you are to analyse this the officer was pushed to the limit, Think

      Antipoaching - 2012-03-14 12:06

      @ Besil... twaddle! Mzwandile is 100% right, in a civilised democracy the police are also subject to rules and oone of those is the use of "minimum force". This rogue cop didnt even try to hand-cuff the victim and did smack around a bystander who was trying to help him load the victim into the van. Did you actually watch the video or are you just chirping because you can?

  • Nicolette - 2012-03-14 11:21

    This is why people have no respect for authority in South Africa, whether this man raped or killed someone or just stole; nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands. If all police just did the right thing, whether it is not taking a bribe, not beating up criminals or just helping the public like they are paid to do, I think we would all respect them and trust them a little more and we would stand behind them when it came to making South Africa a better place to live. I would much rather call my local security company then call the police and that is not how it should be!!!

      Ricki - 2012-03-14 11:53

      I agree, who really, after dealing with your local cops thinks that they are doing their job to the best of their ability.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-03-14 11:24

    he hits like a girl

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-14 11:30

    But Mlaudzi said the alleged assault "does not reflect Saps conduct in terms of dealing with suspects". Time for Mlaudzi to accept that the fact that it happened and was filmed makes it a reflection of Police conduct whether they like it or not. The blue mafia has so many strikes against it that in respected circles a career in the police force is frowned upon as a vocation reserved for the low lives of society. The Police had also better start realizing that increases in violence against police officers and civil disobedience is as a direct result of the perception by the majority of citizens that the police are nothing more than criminal elements. Until the police force can prove itself to be upstanding citizens who SERVE their communities the police or should we just refer to them as the blue mafia, will simply meet stronger and stronger resistance from the public

  • Dean Hart - 2012-03-14 11:38

    The police in this county are a bunch of uneducated idiots, my brother was assaulted last week and the security guard split his head open when the cops arrived I requested that they radio for a ambulance, the cops reply was that I should phone a ambulance if I needed one!

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-03-14 11:43

    I'm not excusing the behaviour, but what was the cause?

  • Elize - 2012-03-14 11:44

    Just watched the video, I feel sick I really have no words!!

  • Donavan - 2012-03-14 11:47

    it doesn't matter if he deserved it or not, the oke was beaten outside a tavern so lets assume he was arrested for being drunken and disorderly, the thing that leaves a bad taste in my mouth is the arrogant, corrupt pig who kicked him around is more of a crook than this cat could ever be and is safe behind the uniform. who polices the police??

  • George - 2012-03-14 11:48

    @Pythagoras, You must be sick. I suppose it's ok if the guy being beaten is black and for the rest of the guys the law should take its course. The police were demonised for harrassing patrons in a tarven full of whites but in this case need to check what the guy did before we can judge the policeman.

  • Eeny Meeny Miney Mo - 2012-03-14 11:59

    Saw the clip earlier today! This is disgusting. Seems some police officers have the notion that they are above the law and can do what they want.

  • Mike - 2012-03-14 12:00

    There's a difference between 'roughing' someone up and beating them the way he did, a couple good smacks are fine but kicking somebody in the head like that when they already almost unconcious is totally unneccesary, like the previous comment, if it was for rape he would have got it in jail. Well done saps, you once again lowered the standard of respect even further by ordinary civilians

  • Ricki - 2012-03-14 12:02

    This incident is just a symptom of the state of security in our country. Clearly the police are frustrated (as are the general, law abiding public) because the courts are so backlogged that most petty criminals are just released back onto the street in no time, and go straight back to crime. So either the policeman was just taking out his frustration, or maybe he is just an abusive individual in a position of power. Either way, that's not the real issue here. The real issue is that the cop thinks he can get away with behaviour like this, as he commits such brutality in full public view. So obviously their isn't much retribution from the chain of command in respect to brutality. So either the police force is taking the law into their own hands because they see our legal system failing the general populace and are frustrated and trying to instill their own form of justice, or they are politically motivated in the ANC's bid to establish a police state. Either way, it's a scary situation for the common man.

  • George - 2012-03-14 12:04

    What is this Mulaudzi idiot saying. He must be living in a jungle of his own.

  • Ayanda - 2012-03-14 12:06

    @Rikesh its one man in grade 10 who had broken the tavern windows

      Antipoaching - 2012-03-14 12:27

      "a bystander secretly filmed the assault on a 19-year-old man and a Grade 10 learner outside a Vaalwater tavern on November 24 last year" this is a direct copy from the article Ayanda. If you watch the video the cop clearly smacked 2 individuals around 1)the guy he was trying to laod into the van and 2) a bystander who tried to help him load the suspect into the van.......

  • Roy - 2012-03-14 12:07

    Is this what being a policeman is supposed to be, a brutal assaulter? Are they not there to protect the public. I hope that if found guilty this cop is sent to jail and not transferred to another area. No wonder the public has no faith in the SAPS if one looks at how corrupt they are and how they abuse their uniforms.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-03-14 12:16

    People should be happy that a 19year old is in school not robbing and raping people. If they don't go to school you lot complain and now he is in school you are still complaining. Maybe he should just leave school and add to the statistics of rape, murder and robbery and you can complain more and more fcken hypocrites!!!

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-03-14 12:18

    Arrest the officer and celebrate tomorrow when they resist arrest knowing that police can't use force. We must also celebrate tomorrow should once police officer report to the police station and say the suspect resisted arrest. Something’s don’t make sense. We don’t need a ruler to tell us that the guy was refusing to get in the van.

      pws69 - 2012-03-14 12:39

      Did you watch the video? the guy was barely conscious, and unconscious when being loaded into the van, after the 6th kick - to his head.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-14 12:37

    I watched the video. This policeman broke so many laws and rights it's sickening. How can you be charged with enforcing the law when you transgress it yourself. Which brings me to the next point - discipline. An ill-disciplined police force is an ineffective force that do more harm than good and in effect is vigilantism. Which brings me to the last point - to play by the rules you have to know the rules. This officer has no excuse for acting like a common uneducated thug that he has been tasked with removing from the street. He should have started by arresting himself. The irony of it all for me is that a few weeks ago this very same organisation refused to lay a charge I tried to make against an establishment for selling liquor to minors - go figure. Beat up the patrons but it's cool if the owner sold liquor to a Grade 10 pupil. Seriously messed up....

  • phinda.buthelezi - 2012-03-14 12:42

    Idiots that cannot read. 1 - 19 year old and a 2 - Grade 10 learner. Two different ppl. That cop assualted two ppl in that video

      pws69 - 2012-03-14 12:55

      I had the count at three slaps and 6 kicks on the one guy, and one slap against the guy trying to load the unconscious one into the van. BTW, I thought police procedure was to handcuff a suspect.

  • Tony - 2012-03-14 13:46

    Imagine this guy was a journalist! The beating would have twice as bad. Or imagine he was a foreign journalist!! Thrice as bad.... Or worse ...imagine a blue light vehicle was in the area .... Would have killed the sucker.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-14 15:41

    Oh my so disgusting ds guy should have his private parts cut's so sad really!!!! Something is wrong with him!!!!

      Tony - 2012-03-14 16:46

      Agreed pal..this guy is a nutter for sure.

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