Cops 'pointed gun at arrested cop's son'

2012-06-22 10:36

Durban - The 7-year-old son of arrested cop Ajith Ghaness hid in a corner when armed policemen stormed their Newlands West, Durban, home early on Wednesday morning.

Crying hysterically, Akshay had to be comforted by his mother Rekha, who hid him behind her while police stormed their home and cordoned it off. Unable to sleep since the incident, Akshay was sent to stay with his grandparents while his mother tries to secure his father’s release on bail.

“This is just unbelievable. Ajith left home early on Wednesday morning to join his colleagues at their offices, waiting to be arrested. At about 05:30, we heard banging on our roof, doors and windows. I was so scared and Akshay started crying uncontrollably. I had to calm him down while the heavily armed policemen ordered me to open the door. I opened the door but refused to open the gate. They snatched my phone out of my hand and asked me where Ajith was.

Gun to boy's head

“Through the gate they pointed a firearm at me and held a gun to Akshay’s head. I feared the worst when Akshay ran away out of fear into one of the rooms and hid in a corner. Our son is traumatised. There really was no need to point a firearm at a 7-year-old,” Ghaness said at court on Thursday.

She said that although she had told the police that Ajith was not home, they remained on the property and refused access to anyone else.

When her brother-in-law, Vikesh Hemraj, arrived to take Akshay to school, he too was confronted by the police, who he claims roughed him up.

“I identified myself as soon as I got to the house and said I was there to take the boy to school. The police were not interested. They pushed me around, searched me and pushed me so hard I hurt my shoulder. That was uncalled for. When Akshay came out of the house they held a gun to his head all the way from the door to the car,” he said.

With tears running down her cheeks, Ghaness said she felt cheated that her husband, who has spent many hours fighting crime, was being treated like a criminal.

“I never thought I would see the day when Ajith was behind bars. If he spent two days a week with us, we were lucky. If he left home at 05:30, he was only coming back at 11:00 the next day. I spent countless hours lying awake at night, worrying for his safety while he was out there apprehending suspects and ensuring that justice was served,” said Ghaness.


Waiting outside Durban Central police station for a second night was Charlene Eva, wife of Captain Neville Eva, who testified on Thursday on behalf of his implicated colleagues in their bail application.

Eva has been off work since January. He told the court his heart was only functioning at 30% of its capacity.

Charlene said Eva’s condition was terminal and he needed special drugs to keep him alive for as long as possible.

“He is not going to get better; he is going to die,” she said, weeping quietly, with a change of clothes for her husband resting on her lap.

She said that despite the serious charges against him - which include murder - and his ill health, Eva was determined to have his day in court.

In December 2009, Eva was struck by a virus that attacked his heart and led to kidney failure.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-22 10:45

    PLease people, do not judge these cops by media, go out and read the truth behind these accusations.

      winston.mullany - 2012-06-22 11:25

      You read some scary s*&^ with whats really going on!!!

      Hermann - 2012-06-22 11:52

      These cops know something that must be swept under the carpet I suspect. And again the SAPS showed, if the claim is true, they are better at fighting children (gangsterism in the Cape Flats excluded) than fighting crime.

      golden.egg.12 - 2012-06-22 11:55

      This is what is happening when politics and policing mix. Watch the Crime. Is already sky high but it will increase even more now that one of the last working units is gone. I feel sooo sorry for this people. While I don't condone the assaulting and harsh interrogations of harden criminals, I must stress - ALL the people assaulted and presumably murdered by this unit, were really bad people (actually I should not even call them people). What happened now is - one of the criminals assaulted last year, is a pretty high ranked ANC official connected to the taxi business.

      kaz.hse.7 - 2012-06-22 12:50

      PointBlank, you (like me) seem to have a personal connection to one or more of these guys. I've spent enough time in uniform myself to know where there's smoke there's fire. The guys I know that are now awaiting their fate in the bail hearing are by no means simply innocent "scapegoats" in this whole saga. My only concern is that they got caught as quick as they did. There's way more than the few hardened criminals they took off the street that needs to be removed. No matter the judgement in their trail, I will still support and remain friends with those I have come to know. I may not agree with some of their methods as stated in my comment yesterday, but I do believe they deserve better than what they and their families are getting. Everyone knows the kingpins of crime are much higher up the ladder then the poor sod who's always branded "the kingpin", proving remains a different matter. Courts as you well know works on proof (and political influence), not hearsay nor emotion.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-06-22 10:53

    Two "state witnesses" have been booted from the case already...

  • lauren.myburg - 2012-06-22 11:00

    Irrespective of whether the father is guilty or not - what threat could a 7 year old boy possibly be to an armed cop? This is abusive power SAPS - disgusting !!

      blackjew69 - 2012-06-22 11:20

      Lets just say, a mans sins will afeect him and his generations to come. He killed alot of armed and unarmed people, traumatised their families etc, so will his family and generations to come. I pity the small boy. He shopuld blame his dad when he comes around.

  • lucious.bodibe - 2012-06-22 11:01

    that's scary

  • sipho.sabithi - 2012-06-22 11:24

    at least now the family of cops know what their husbands get upto when they say they are going to work....

      eradingoana - 2012-06-22 11:34

      They dont have t panic because there are victims too of those cops. People died while in their custody. I trust the Hawks that they will surely have successful conviction.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-22 12:10

      Oh my god, you two are really ignorant. You actually don't even know who these cops are!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-22 12:11

      sipho, I have armed you with knowledge above.... use it.

  • sipho.sabithi - 2012-06-22 11:26

    Atleast now the families of cops are receiving the same medicine that south african brutal force is unleashing on the defenceless the families of policemen/women now what their husbands/wife/sisters/brothers get upto when they leave for work..

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2012-06-22 11:41

    cops r carnivores. At least the favor returned to a cop's loved ones.At least the trigger wasn't pulled,that's what cops r doing everyday to innocent people,if aint lucky u even get shot while lying on the ground with ur hands high.

      jalo.kula - 2012-06-22 11:50

      I did not realise they had been found guilty? Just remember these cops are confronting the most dangerous armed criminals in the world. sad but true.we must be such a proud country. But hey, lets be positive, I am sure that you sipho and ntobane are doing your bit to help this countries crime issues?

      blackjew69 - 2012-06-28 14:12

      @ sipho ?do you know what these cops are accused of?

  • jannie.beirowski - 2012-06-22 11:49

    Having read what the criminals did to others in some instances had me wish I could get hold of them to teach them a lesson! That made me glad when the police carried out my wishes. I do think there are others who had the same wishes sometimes, so do not blame the cops to much as they just fullfilled a lot of wishes!

  • Velosh - 2012-06-22 11:50

    Now does she as a wife and mother know what it feels like , when her husband & friends entered an innocent man home who they mistook for a drug dealer beat him up in front of his 3year old son & wife even thou they were told that he not the person they think he his & that he is epileptic they still did not hear his wife's or child's cry and then left with even saying sorry, there actions resulted in a lose of an unborn baby and a child be traumatized .. Im sorry that the little boy had to go through that but did his dad feel sorry for the other kids that had to watch their parents been beat up by him for no reason. Parents sins falls on their kids sorry to say that but its true.. These men did do good but they also abused their authority & power as a police

  • thami.ngubane.3 - 2012-06-22 12:30

    The wife should be happy because the child was not shot at or saw his father being shot at...I have seen what this unit does as I come from a township at the north of Durban and I happen to be a journalist. Some of you must visit the families that were abused by this unit before you make any judgements.

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-06-22 12:55

      Maybe it would be better if we all refrain from commenting, on these cops, until justice has run its course. None of us are in a position to pass judgement, as none of us know the full facts. Those that are guilty will be punished and those that are innocent shall go free... that is what is what the courts are all about.

  • hugh.olphart - 2012-06-22 12:39

    Smacks of the Scorpions story. Effective violent crimes unit too effective, close them down and discredit them. That way the Cadres can get back to business as usual.

  • lucky.luck.98 - 2012-06-22 22:31

    Why u do not cal those who send them to disarm them bcz they comtd a crime.the commanders must stop sending the members to the criminals,the minister the generals and courts must go out and arrest those criminals.

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