Cop suspended over brutal assault

2012-03-15 11:43

Polokwane - A Vaalwater policeman has been suspended after cellphone video footage emerged of him brutally kicking and assaulting a youth outside a tavern in November last year.

Petrus Lefoka, 45, appeared in the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm on Wednesday, Beeld reported.

He was released on a warning, and instructed to appear in court again on May 9.

Limpopo police communication officer Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the cellphone video footage was "shocking", and that Lefoka has been suspended.

"The internal processes are also taking shape. He will be appearing before a disciplinary hearing committee in a week's time," he told the SABC.

The Independent Complaints Directorate said it received details of the matter this week, and was satisfied with the way the police are handling the incident.
"We will only get involved if the family or the victim himself are not satisfied with the investigation," ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini told the SABC.

The incident was first reported by the Sowetan last year, but the cellphone video footage of the incident was only recently made public, after being posted on 2oceansVibe earlier this week.

  • miyo27 - 2012-03-15 11:46

    Fire the bastard!

      Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-15 12:12

      They release him on warning, he should have been released on R100k bail.

      Ismaeel - 2012-03-15 12:26

      What? Fire???? He should go to JAIL for assult and loose his job..

      procold2 - 2012-03-15 12:38

      go straight to jail, do not pass begin,these people think because they are sap they are above the law and when somebody turns around and assaults them back and kills them like in the bees roux incident it becomes a racial thing and was intended.

      edwardsch - 2012-03-15 12:45

      You have to be joking surely!!! They will probably promote him if he is a friend/relative of someone high up enough!!! Cold day in hell before they boot him out !!!!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-03-15 11:48

    This guy needs to do some serious Jail time.

  • Marion - 2012-03-15 11:53

    Hope they confiscated his service pistol.

      brionyl.french - 2012-03-15 12:36

      I hope so too

  • diebaba.mmotla - 2012-03-15 11:59

    If he was resisting arrest then let the cop to what he has been train to do, what if the guy was dengarous to the community, and by the way how must the cop arrest the criminal by asking them nicely to come to the station?

      Koos - 2012-03-15 12:06

      oi foolow the news...... this kid 16 was drunk! esh

      Jacqui - 2012-03-15 12:08

      diebaba, what are you talking about?. I am sure the policman was trained to arrest a person and not kick him half to death. The only one looking dangerous to me was the policeman whose brutality is a threat to the community. You should maybe concern yourself about that.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-03-15 12:40

      Dengarous or not, he isn't cuffed. The best way to cuff someone safely is while they are lying on their stomach. This disgrace to pork has used that opportunity to stamp on his head. Video evidence clearly shows this is nothing more than assault. Do the crime, serve the time.

      Wendy - 2012-03-15 13:10

      nsda29 if the cop was frustrated ... then pick the man up and put him in the van, he couldn't pick him up, because he was too fat to bend down .. the victim was not cuffed, so he was assaulted, besides, there should always be two policemen.

      Wendy - 2012-03-15 13:12

      The kid was drunk, not dangerous

  • Thoka - 2012-03-15 12:00

    105kg kg belly policeman could not carry drunken 55kg 19yrs old senior student. shocking

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-15 12:02

    What a bully. He should be jailed for assault.

  • golda.smit - 2012-03-15 12:15

    I have to give my 5c opinion not that it's going to change anything, If that guy was resisting arrest i am sure he would have been able to get on his feet that guy could not even get up so that is brutal assault so who ever says that he was resisting arrest needs to open there eyes and go watch the entire clip, point 2 more than 1000 of the Cops in our country has criminal Records what are they doing in the force in the first place? I say that COP needs the same punish mint as all the other criminals go sit in JAIL and ROT there it doesn't matter what race you are the crime stays the same.

      Mohsin - 2012-03-15 12:58


  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-03-15 12:15

    That is a man that goes home and physically abuses his wife and children. A bully will always be a bully and pick on the weak!

  • Hugo - 2012-03-15 12:24


  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-03-15 12:32

    Reported in Sowetan last year - Action only after the video is made public?

      Marion - 2012-03-15 13:11

      Very interesting...

      William - 2012-03-15 13:19


      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-03-15 13:36

      Now they HAVE to do something about it.. Can't be ignored now..

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-15 12:35

    with the technology of today all the dirty people will go down... Someone is bound to film it...and bust them...

      Sizakele - 2012-03-15 12:51

      Thanks to technology bust the criminal no more dirty work front of the people contable

  • Kruger - 2012-03-15 12:46

    Suspended with full Pay !!!! So glad its Black on Black most SAP have this bully mentality.(i no there are GOOD cops too)

  • Sizakele - 2012-03-15 12:46

    He was released on warning whats is that after what is done to da pour boy he supposed to be in jail when he belong

  • Derk - 2012-03-15 12:50

    suspended on full pay while this case drags on for 2 years

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-15 12:51


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  • Zenzele - 2012-03-15 13:08

    send this rogue to a holding cell whilst waiting trial, this is just a tip, there are more of his calibre in the south african force, thanks to technology. well job done to the one who took this video on his mobile phone!!!

  • Siza - 2012-03-15 13:23

    Looked to me like the guy wouldn't get into the police van. What excactly do we expect the police to do?

  • Michelle - 2012-03-15 13:23

    And how long will this process take?? Nice fully paid holiday or what?

  • Stephen - 2012-03-15 13:27

    nobody is asking why he was doing what he was doing, that guy might have tried to kill him, or have been raping someone, and was resisting arrest. He wasn't assulting the guy for the fun of it.

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-15 13:33


      golda.smit - 2012-03-15 16:47

      Grow UP you seriously have issues get over it

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-15 18:13

      Moshin u are craze.... N disgusting!

  • tanzy69 - 2012-03-15 13:38

    All the people disliking the below statements are uneducated idiots, @Miyo @Ismaeel I agree he needs to be fired and go to Jail (As would any other person) and to the less educated people that don't like these statements do not read because if you are oblivious to the fact that these are the SAME PEOPLE that are supposed to "protect" us and our country are just as bad as the people that we need protection from, Its still a crime and punishable no special treatment!!!!

  • Thato - 2012-03-15 13:43

    We dont know what occured we all have no idea what our police officers goes through to fight crime in this country .We complaint if they dont do their jobs & still complaints when they do their job a 16 year old in a tavern & to me he look drunk already that police man was doing him a favour not to play with alcohol & just made one bastard richer to sell a video to media

  • OiVey - 2012-03-15 13:48

    Ok I know what I am about to say is probably going to cause some raised eyebrows... Firstly I do think this cop was way out of line - the suspect was no longer a threat, no need to have carried on with the violence. BUT I do believe that Police should come down HARD on criminals and FEAR the police so that they will think twice for even committing a petty crime. I stand firmly behind cops who has the guts to grab criminals by the scruff and show them that the law, not criminals are in charge... even if it means dishing out a few blows.

  • gaeleen - 2012-03-15 13:50

    Instead of calling for cops head you should be calling for proper counselling for the members. They attend gruesome, heartbreaking, and violent scenes - then expected to wash their hands and move on to the next incident. sometimes too much is expected of these members without proper support - they need debriefing - they need counselling. Now THAT is what you should all be shouting about.

      Tapiwa Madimbe - 2012-03-15 14:34

      gaeleen i wonder if u would be so objective if it had been your child being brutalised.cops evade REAL criminals and pray on the weak will end up a Police state.

  • tanzy69 - 2012-03-15 14:30

    @OiVey I do agree the police do need to come down hard on Criminals, but on a 16 year old boy? (Who was not reported as doing a crime against anyone) He was Drunk and could hardly stand does not permit the officer to beat him, We do get very good officers but we also get the ones that think they are allowed to do what every they like, a 16 year old boy should not be drinking in a tavern but cuff him and take him to a holding cell and let him sweat it out, but beat the child is not nessasary

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-15 14:35

    In the old Apartheid days this method was, sometimes, also misused. Now it gets used again. Yes, I know one gets frustrated when a detainee do not wants to play along, but what is clear to me is that this "so call freedom and new and better way of doing" is not present at all. We, as public, are getting played with racial, financial, status, etc. issues to enhance individuals's aims to prosperity. Maybe this was more a frustrated cop that deal with some one that he class lower than himself or plain being subhuman(cop), but irrelevant of what it was, we as citizens, get played to benefit only certain elite. People, the time is ripe that all, groupies, tribes, volke, mindset groups, get together and bridge our believes, but still having the right to belonging and stand to reform, change, better this country that benefit all. We know communist socialism does not work. We know the current use of capitalism get misused. We know that our situation are different, but we also know that using temporarily solutions will not be the answer. This is not about color, only, anymore. Not about politicians anymore. It is becoming about incompetence because we are allowing it. It becomes time that we realized what we need and use anyone( irrelevant of breed or color) without one man above the other. Unity out of individuals will be the answer. You all will judge me for saying all this at the wrong article, but think again and please think of what can be.

  • Tapiwa Madimbe - 2012-03-15 14:38

    im gonna pull the RACE card,comments from aerians are unsympathetic,if it had been a white boy we would have a march or event organised by them TOMORROW.Typical

      tanzy69 - 2012-03-15 14:46

      I actually agree with you there, if its a white boy there would be an out rage, and to me a child is a child black or white, it is against the law for a parent now to even hit a minor child, so what make it right for a police officer to beat a child it is abuse still and its against the boys rights. The law does need to come down on all kinds of crimes and drinking under age is a crime but it does NOT give anyone the right to beat him

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-15 15:28

      Ag no man Tapiwa, rather look at as a failure of us as humans. Lets not be to critical. We know what you are saying. Rather lets concentrate on the real an big stuff. You, me and our fellow citizens failing at the basic stuff. We are getting so binned by racial issues, because it suits some that we loose protectiveness on what is right and good for us.

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  • Mia - 2012-03-15 16:17

    Why Suspended????

  • Christina - 2012-03-15 16:56

    what is happening to our men in blue mara? we used to see them as protectors, but now im really scared of them.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-15 18:16

    Why did this scum-bag get suspended. He should have been locked up... Damn, why are we so weak and tolerant of nonsense in dis country? N this will take 2 years.... Something is wrong!!!!

  • Bluecrest - 2012-03-15 21:16

    I assume that it's suspended with FULL pay... Another way to get paid while taking extended leave. That idiot sould be behind bars!!!

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-16 22:55

    Kick the drunkard

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