Cops admit arrest was wrongful

2012-11-18 12:41

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has admitted that the arrest of Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika was wrongful, the newspaper said on Sunday.

"This was a full-frontal assault on the freedom to report on corruption and it is comforting that the minister has acknowledged the arrest was wrongful," Sunday Times editor Ray Hartley said in a statement.

"However, no amount of money can make up for the pain and suffering experienced by Mzilikazi."

The minister agreed to pay wa Afrika R100 000 in damages and pay the newspaper's legal costs.

Wa Afrika was arrested in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga in 2010 on charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice.

The arrest came after he co-wrote an article on the R500 million lease agreement for new police headquarters in Pretoria, which former police commissioner General Bheki Cele signed.

Earlier this year, Cele was fired by President Jacob Zuma after a board of inquiry, headed by Judge Jake Moloi, found he was not fit to hold office.

Moloi's inquiry was mandated by Zuma to establish whether Cele had acted corruptly, dishonestly, or with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals.

Hartley said the investigations into the leases upheld the truthfulness of the Sunday Times story.

"No case was ever brought against Wa Afrika in court and the Sunday Times believes that he was the victim of an outrageous act of intimidation by the police," he said.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2012-11-18 12:55

    So you wasted another 100k of our money? Again? Who is going to pay this cash in and more IMPORTANTLY WHO IS GOING TO GET FIRED FOR WASTING OUR MONEY AGAIN?

  • tlou.andries.58 - 2012-11-18 12:55

    It took them 2yrs to 2 that?wat a shame to folks in our police department.Getting paid 4 doing nthng.

  • Ntshobs - 2012-11-18 12:58

    What is going to happen to the police who actually carried out this "wrongful" arrest and those who sent them????????????

      SharonE - 2012-11-18 13:39

      Like the Gestapo, they will say they were obeying orders, like the 20 armed police officers sent to arrest and intimidate Gerrie Nel.

  • John - 2012-11-18 13:00

    How unusual!

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-11-18 13:03

    Surely the Min should also apologize regarding Marikana massacre!

      braamc - 2012-11-18 13:45

      Not only apologize, he must go. Another useless cANCer comarade

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-18 13:06

    I wish someone could make an invstigation into the number of court cases that went to court after wrongful arrests and ended up costing taxpayers huge amounts of cash like this one.all those cases must be classified as fraud.

      lee.brand.73 - 2012-11-18 13:09

      no - if the cancer has it's way it's going to be top secret and you will go to prison for 5 years for writing your comment!

      debduplessis - 2012-11-18 13:10

      and send the account to Zuma's family for instant payment seeing they have so much of it!!!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-18 13:55

      I wish so too mshini!!! And the claims from state hospitals negligence run into millions!!!! Such a waste of taxpayers money!!!

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-18 13:08

    Thank you Mzilikazi wa Afrika for starting to get the ball rolling in bringing to the public eye the amount of Corruption we suspected but could not get proved, for assisting in getting the ball rolling in the public demanding matters to be investigated & now today the final Expose that will take all of the deeply CORRUPT DOWN once & for all! Well done

      Ntshobs - 2012-11-18 14:34

      Only if the corrupt were to be taken down,really taken down but we all know that is not going to happen, taxpayers will continue footing the bill

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-18 13:08

    Freedom to report on corruption?. Why do you want the Secrecy bill then?. Do these people have two heads?.

  • dave.leverton - 2012-11-18 13:18

    {The minister agreed to pay wa Afrika R100 000 in damages and pay the newspaper's legal costs.} How very generous of the minister to agree to using taxpayers money. That's 100,000 that could have been spent on flak jackets. A real penalty would be for the minister to PERSONALLY have to pay up, then this kind of thing would end faster than you can say eish !

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-18 13:22

    Abuse of power. We salute u mzilikazi. Mthethwa should pay all that money out of his pocket.

  • abel.onwo - 2012-11-18 13:23

    The SAP department responsible for recriutment should take its time to c dat the pple it employs as policeman nd woman r traind nd well qualified 4 the job. Some of these uniformed cops dnt even knw the law. That is why they end up abusing the right of innocent people.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-18 13:27

    Zuma needs to be put down... or stoned.

      morrisn2 - 2012-11-18 14:11

      You so doff! how does this link with him?

      Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-18 14:14

      so what did Zuma do? He didn't make the arrest in fact he was the one who dismissed Bheki Cele which is the basis of the re open of the case. have respect not for Zuma but for the position. sorry if u are offended but your comment lack logic

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-11-18 13:27

    Abuse of power. now taxpayer'ss money to this victim

  • pws69 - 2012-11-18 13:39

    I think it is time that we as citizens use the laws at our disposal, and actively start suing these corrupt cANCer members in their personal capacity to get back the money they have essentially stolen from us. Without consequences, it will continue. If they start losing their own houses, cars and furniture, it will soon stop.

      Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-18 14:08

      I support the logic of that, the part where by they loose their assets.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-18 13:45

    In 1st World Countries people who do these thing forfeit there pension. Guess were are not 1st world......

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-11-18 13:46

    seems like the anc actually likes apartheid as long as they get to practice it.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-18 13:57

    Are these damages taxable?

      Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-18 14:04

      no they are not, it is not their necessary concomitant of trade, they will be of a capital in nature making them not taxable. but ke you know the commissioner they can argue and win the case.

  • mxeki.maduvula - 2012-11-18 14:06

    So what?

  • abner.malema - 2012-11-18 14:18

    Long overtue. I wish it was me

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-11-18 14:30

    . Welcome to banana land.

  • jmajoting - 2012-11-18 14:31

    wat is happening in our country especially anc leaders who we mst trust cuz dey luk corrupt .

  • mapetsula - 2012-11-18 14:53

    Maybe government should employ people by their careers

  • Akash Bechan - 2012-11-18 15:06


  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-11-18 15:58

    What a story....Abuse of Power!

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-11-18 15:59

    What a story....Abuse of Power!

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-11-18 16:22

    Is painful to arrested by the government trust by so many people it was better that time of apartheid because you will know is your enemy, but we will learn that ANC can do everything to save their members who make corruption thank for Africa and newspaper to take this up.

  • jacque.raymer - 2012-11-18 16:25

    the R100 000 comes straight from Tax money, so no lessons learned ...

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-18 17:03

    Stupid saps ruined my life the same way . The lawyer was promoted to board of directors with the law society and deliberately neglected to advice me to see another lawyer about suing saps S . R100000 is nothing compared to what they put him through !

      cherylvkruger - 2012-11-18 17:50

      saps have made many wrongful arrests. People don't hear about them. Don't dare stand up against them because they will threaten to arrest you to because you will be seen as obstructing justice.

  • NatalieCooperatCooperslock - 2012-11-19 07:59

    Must be a thing in that area. My brother was also arrested for refusing to pay a bribe to a Metro Cop. Still fighting the wrongful arrest today. I wonder how many others?

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-19 07:59

    so now its time for the cops who carried out an unlawful arrest to be arrested!!

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