Cops probed after torture claim

2012-06-04 22:46

Johannesburg - North West police are being investigated for assault after allegedly torturing a boy because they thought he had information about the disappearance of a cousin, police said on Monday.

The police opened the case of assault because the family was reluctant to do so, fearing retribution, said Brigadier Thulane Ngubane.

The 12-year-old boy was allegedly beaten with a belt and forced to swim in cold water to look for his 4-year-old cousin Otlotleng Morake, he said.

He was allegedly hit on the ears, impairing his hearing; he now screamed and night and found it difficult to sleep or face the police; and had been bunking school.

Ngubane, who expressed his disappointment at the allegations, said the matter had been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Its findings would determine the course of action.

The police were conducting their own internal investigation, he said.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini could not be reached for comment.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-04 23:02

    Shame on them! Another child being a victim under the anc's regime....

  • Phillip du Plessis - 2012-06-04 23:30

    They should be locked up for beating up a 12 year old!! I'm sure there are a few inmates that would enjoy the company of the cops that locked them up....

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-06-05 02:14

    \the police were conducting their own investigation\. Who u tryin to fool?

  • Sam Iam - 2012-06-05 04:02

    Viva police viva. You are so admirable

      Matthew - 2012-06-20 14:55

      to all those thumbs down,have you not heard of sarcasim.its quite obvious =/

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-05 05:30

    Another victim of police brutality under ANC government. Shame on you guys.apartheid police.

  • dirang.montsho - 2012-06-05 05:37

    feels like we are in the old days....

      Robin - 2012-06-05 07:12

      old days? doubt it..

      Andre - 2012-06-05 08:08

      In the "old days" law abiding people did not have to fear the police. But if you stepped out of line....!

  • Jerome - 2012-06-05 07:00

    why are the cops always in the wrong ? Beating a 12 year old is not good but it seems its all that helps with the anti law abiders who just look for problems with police. What would you say if the cops are being man handled which is very often the case. So please you officials who should be protecting get on the right side of the law.

  • natalie.leaver.12 - 2012-06-05 07:08

    As children we used to be told if anything was wrong, if we were lost or had a problem, then we could always trust a police officer to help and protect us. Now, if anything, it's the police that children should fear and keep away from. It disgusts me

  • badballie - 2012-06-05 14:58

    The SAP and prison services were both pinpointed as "Gross" violators of human rights in terms of torture by the UN, the specific letter to the South African ANC led government instructing them to put laws and checks and balances in place is available on the UN website, even if the ANC chose to ignore it and deny knowledge.

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