Cops suspended after assault

2011-03-03 08:07

Johannesburg - Four Johannesburg police officers were suspended on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting patrons at the Catz Pyjamas restaurant in Melville.

Police management was "shocked and outraged" after watching video footage of the incident, which happened in the early hours of Saturday morning, February 26, Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Neville Malila said.

Efforts were being made to identify the other two officers allegedly involved.

The fight began when patrons at the restaurant allegedly threw beer bottles from the first floor balcony at a police patrol that was searching a car and its occupants in Main Road. The officers called for back up and members of the tactical response team arrived and allegedly beat up patrons.

Thirteen people were arrested and charged for interfering with police performing their duties and crimen injuria. They were given R500 bail each, released and ordered to appear in court on Monday.

The prosecutor at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court however declined to prosecute and sent the case docket back for further investigation, Malila said.

The Independent Complaints Directorate had opened an investigation into the matter. All victims and witnesses were asked to contact Chris De Jager on 011 220 1500 or 082 325 6463.


  • Alwyn - 2011-03-03 08:19

    It would be interesting to get stats on how many cops currently on suspension,The cops are becoming more and more agro,lack of discipline,and are managed by idiots with no police background or experience.This is the type of incidents you hear about in Zimbabwe,Ruanda and a few other very 3rd world African countries,

      pointblankza - 2011-03-03 08:31

      Really? In Australia two policemen were FIRED for assualting a female in the charge office...

      ji - 2011-03-03 08:38

      @pointblankza , as you said fired not suspended on full pay

      AJ - 2011-03-03 08:45

      @pointblankza: Nothing wrong with that process there then...

      Johan - 2011-03-03 10:02

      Ooooo all hail king pointblank, he who so superior to us all.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-03 10:06

      @Pointblankza,you are correct its not an African thing,othe civilised countries has isolated incidents over a long period ,but back at home we have cops on a daily basis suspended for, 1,corruption 2,vehicle misuse 3.Theft of Case dockets 4,Renting out of police fire arms to robbers 5,robberies 6,burglaries 7,Smuggling 8,Farm attacks 9,hijacking 10,intimmadation 11,assault 12,murder,,,, O yes this is a South African and African thing,,,fact

      pointblankza - 2011-03-03 10:12

      @Johan, good, know thy place in my presence... @Alwyn, again I do not dispute it. It is minions like Johan who flapped like an injured pigeon. What I was pointing out is that even these types of incidents happening in 1st world countries. Ask any American who has been to a "rave" of even a pom - find out how cops raid nightclubs there using teargas and baton's... You implication that this is an "African" thing is nonsense..

      pointblankza - 2011-03-03 10:15

      And no Alwyn, we do not have cops suspended DAILY...

      Alwyn - 2011-03-03 10:23

      O yes we do,i were a cop untill a few months ago,and know what is going on behind the scenes,and everyday the newspapers highlight incidents with cops,but some like Odendaal and partner gets suspended for doing their jobs,,,Cops do get suspended daily and you will not prove otherwise,,,,and it is an African thing,western countries cops are still proud of their jobs,

      pointblankza - 2011-03-03 10:34

      OK I'll ask my mate who is a captain at Durban Central and if there is a suspension everyday I will come back and agree with you. But for future reference, go to youtube and type in Police Brutality and tell me what you see ;)

      Johan - 2011-03-03 10:36

      @ Alwyn....there is a saying that you should never argue with an idiot like blankpoint; they drag you down to their level then beat you with experience. He does know everything after all...

      AJ - 2011-03-03 10:46

      Guys can we agree that police brutality occurs everywhere in differing amounts of severity and incidents, and furthermore it is more likely to be reported and acted up on overseas than here, where most incidents we dont even hear about. End of story.

      pointblankza - 2011-03-03 12:04

      @Alwyn, there is no point to debating if we all agree... @Johan, oh boy... I didn't say I knew everything. Never go full retard. And you just went full retard.

  • MadMatt_88 - 2011-03-03 08:24

    The fact remains these people drinking in a bar in the early hours were throwing booze bottles at cops. WTF do you expect to happen?

      Calmone - 2011-03-03 08:29

      Personally i do not beleive anything the COPS say anymore.Did you see the footage on the news this morning.Watch it and i am sure that you will change your view.

      JohnnyWotten - 2011-03-03 08:33

      Some people threw bottles at the cops. The cops entered the establishment and threw random people to the ground, kicked them, stood on their necks and pointed their rifles at them. Go look at the YouTube video. There are enough stories of cops raping, robbing, extorting, murdering and assaulting to justify public mistrust.

      Fuzzybudgie - 2011-03-03 08:39

      ummm, i expected them to get arrested perhaps, not police brutality. Did you watch the footage? Did the cops really see who threw the bottels? Did 13 people throw bottels?

      system.reset1 - 2011-03-03 08:48

      you can watch the video here:

      amy0aylif - 2011-03-03 08:53

      Both parties were wrong, the patrons for throwing the bottles and the cops for not dealing with the matter in a more professional way. Punt.

      GT - 2011-03-03 09:13

      It wasn't patrons, it was A PATRON. The local cops called in the TRT unit who went bos. It is rubbish and these pigs should fired because you can be sure that they behave like this all the time when there are no cameras around.

      Johan - 2011-03-03 09:56

      It amazes me that some people can honestly think this could even remotely be acceptalbe and have been justified. A bunch of heavily armed cops wearing full body armour acting like bullies on a schoolyard roughing up un-armed people who may not have even been the ones who threw the initial bottle is totally unacceptable no matter the circumstances. As officers of the law they should act with integrity at all times. Look at the video, this was not just one cop that had a brainsnap. It went on for minutes, kicking an unarmed man who is not fighting back. This sort of behaviour should be condemned in the strongest terms...

  • AGENT - 2011-03-03 08:38

    We hear more bad from our police than good, and I believe that there are cops out there doing there best and trying to uphold the law to the best of there ability, I salute them and thank them for there efforts and contributions. BUT !!! the majority are pathetic fat ass and useless, these groups and individuals have a sense of "god mode" and believe that they can make and break as they please, they destroy the respect that the uniform deserves and thereby create a feeling of resentment towards the police force. I gotta be honest and say that in general I don't respect a cop anymore. The reason for this is simple, we are tax payers and it's Our tax money paying for the protection and security that we expect to get from them, which we ofcourse do not see or feel, thus I feel robbed already by the system I'm paying for. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that crime does pay and that the more you do things under the table the better off you gonna be.

      wheresmymojo - 2011-03-03 09:34

      Well stated. The normal saying would be "a few bad apples etc. etc." but in this country it appears to be "a few GOOD apples are holding the barrel sort of together".

  • system.reset1 - 2011-03-03 08:49

    The whole thing was recorded on video, you can watch it here - - just copy and paste that link into your browser or search for " SAPS Brutaliteit " on YouTube.

  • AJ - 2011-03-03 08:55

    Wouldn't you assume that if you are in a restaurant that there is CCTV etc. The last thing I would do in uniform, in a place of business that is very likely to have CCTV is start beating the crap out of people left, right and center. Makes one wonder about the thinking process with these cops, they probably never gave it a thought? I would think that suspension should rather be more permanent.

  • skulldude70 - 2011-03-03 08:56

    "Allegedly"? Really? They are caught on video assaulting patrons. Allegedly my backside. Don't suspend them, fire the bastards.

  • cosmic_99 - 2011-03-03 09:01

    I had to pay my husband's traffic fine the other day. i did the courteous thing and greeted the woman behind the counter. I received a very prolonged death stare in reply. If these people cannot even greet the public, it does not surprise me that they resort to brutality. As far as I am concerned, the police provide me with an administrative service i.e to receive payment of fines, to obtain case numbers in the event of an insurance claim. I assume that there are a few good policemen and women out there..... pity that I have never had the pleasure of encountering one.

      Janine - 2011-03-03 09:07

      Who exactly are "these people"? Traffic fines are not paid to SAPS as far as I know either.

      system.reset1 - 2011-03-03 09:18

      wow. farmers brutally murdered and tortured every day in racial attacks, an out of control police force that are a law onto themselves, politicians enriching themselves at taxpayers expense like pigs feeding from a troth - and you still worry about being politically correct?? wow.

      Lauren - 2011-03-03 09:18

      Janine, civil servants. That's who. You're looking for things that aren't necessarily there.

      AJ - 2011-03-03 10:08

      @Janine - looking a little TOO hard there...

      cosmic_99 - 2011-03-03 13:16

      System, My POINT is that if these fools that are paid to protect dont even bother to greet the people the serve, then we should not be surprised at their brutal behaviour; or their lack of respect and regard for our rights..... Come on System, surely my point is not too challenging to understand?????

      cosmic_99 - 2011-03-03 13:18

      Janine, My husband's traffic fine stated that the amount could be paid at any SAPS branch. This is where I went and where I paid the fine. 'These people' are policemen and women. I dont make the rules - I just try to follow them. Now that we have cleared this up, any more comments?

  • Dnt8 - 2011-03-03 09:02

    I watched the assault on a news broadcast and I didn't see any bottle throwing just a bunch of arrogant officers. When I go to a pub its to have a chill time. Thats the purpose of bars, clubs but then you get the cops barging in and telling you that its after hours and its illegal to serve me alcohol. Bloody bullocks....these cops were way out of line they were kicking the guy on the floor...utter ruthlessness

  • christopher.e.howes - 2011-03-03 09:04

  • generaalcharlie - 2011-03-03 09:06

    Fire these assholes , they think they above the LAw because they have a badge.

  • lldoidge - 2011-03-03 09:09

    What a bloody disgrace. When is this all going to end? I wonder what would happen if they were white cops beating up on black patron? Racism would be screamed from the roof tops.

  • Siener2 - 2011-03-03 09:14

    I notice some of these commenters have the same irrational attitude as the rogue cops: (1) Unknown person(s) throw bottles. (2) Cops enter restaurant and randomly assault people - note - not the same people who threw the bottles. (3) Cops get suspended - probably a big surprise for them. I say every single victim of this crime should press criminal charges AND then sue the Minister of Police for damages. Oh, and sue these brave and bright policemen in their personal capacity too - that should give them a little something to think about in their beds at night. And it just might cause the next policeman tempted to assault members of the public to pause and reconsider.

      lldoidge - 2011-03-03 09:19

      Deosn't work Siener2. Tried that when my son was assaulted and illigally arrested by our so called police. You would need very deep pockets and the patience of job. The cops will close ranks and use every delaying tactic in the book. There's no justice in this country for the average joe soap! Our constitution is just a piece of paper that is ignored daily.

      nonduplume - 2011-03-03 09:56

      To add it would appear that our constitution has been written on crap paper because everyday public servants wipe their @rse on it, but ministers keep on telling us it is a shining beacon.

  • Simbongile - 2011-03-03 09:17

    i dodnt know why they say they were seaching cars, i recall an acident between a mercedis benz and a yaris and i think if this was like its mentioned who will throw something to them. i was there and i saw it but am not sure about the bottles but there was an acident they were not patroling.

  • My Name is.. - 2011-03-03 09:24

    Its a joke this situation! One drunken chop throws a bottle out the window and this is what happens! The kicking repeatedly of the one patron is totally unacceptable but guess what, this is South Africa and these jackasses are now suspended on full pay and everything will just blow over as usual with nothing coming from it! Welcome to the fuckup we call home!!

  • Gustredamus - 2011-03-03 09:27

    The tactical response team was called, WTF? Calling a SWAT team set up for medium risk operations, what’s next, the Special Task Force arresting a person illegally crossing the street?

      nonduplume - 2011-03-03 10:02

      No the Hawks to arrest a drug dealer while cadre get away with millions or a reporter who didn't file a report about corruption in Mpumalanga, while in Bedforview 52 CID cops solved 2 cases in a year. Or maybe we should have JMPD doing more riot control at Diepsloot while our roads are the killing fields of Africa! Our worst nightmare is becoming a reality.

  • exocist - 2011-03-03 09:52

    well what do you people expect when you give a monkey resposibility and a uniform (not to talk about a gun)

  • CheekySod - 2011-03-03 10:00

    Cops "allegedly" commit assault. They get suspended. Given a nice paid holiday. Someone else "allegedly" commit assault and they get locked up. Why are the cops not arrested and given bail like anyone else?

  • grimmy75 - 2011-03-03 10:21

    At that hours of the morning most people were probably drunk in the club. The bottle to the police were just showing how drunk. I bet you when they entered the patrons probably hurled a word or two at them. The police however should not have reacted brutaly but just do there jobs according to the handbook and arrested the guilty in a humane way!!!

  • Irie Fairie - 2011-03-03 10:25

    Almost like the Stellenbosch incident a few years ago...

      lldoidge - 2011-03-03 14:20

      Exactly and nothing happened. Petros was in charge then as he is in charge now.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-03 10:25

    Allegedly! WTF? Thatis not what we see on youtube!

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-03 10:28

    I wish I was there! A million or two can come in quite handy in these times!

  • alousav - 2011-03-03 10:53

    At full pay no doubt.....

  • cj.venter - 2011-03-03 10:57

    never mind the spelling, why is it an alleged assault when the footage CLEARLY SHOWS ASSAULT!

  • 24newsreader - 2011-03-03 11:02

    I had to hand in some official documents to a Police cpt to be processed when he phoned me he reminded me it was a friday and i should bring him an end of the week gift.whats that all about

  • Agliotti - 2011-03-03 11:05

    In Sunnyside for example police brutality is the order of the day. Sometimes I don't blame people who kill cops, some of them deserve the killings that come their way. Done!!

  • Bradley - 2011-03-03 11:49

    this is not an isolated incident. Last year in April the cops had a drug rade at a bar/club in Montana, Pretoria. Stun greanades were thrown around, exploding next to people. Patrons were hit with guns and chairs. a pregnant lady who could not get to the floor in time, had the chair kicked out from underneath her. This was all in an effort to bust the bouncers for drugs. A little extreme don't you think?

  • hellcom666 - 2011-03-03 11:57

    why only four , I counted at least nine cops involved in the video?

      AJ - 2011-03-03 12:12

      @pointblanksa: I would have no trouble believing there is a case for the other 5 to answer as well.

      hellcom666 - 2011-03-03 12:23

      @pointblankza , no count the number that use violence not to mention the ones that need to serve and protect the innocent. therefore all the bloody cops (pigs) in the establishment is guilty of assault , promoting assault , accomplice in assault and dereliction of duty

  • Eben - 2011-03-03 12:22

    If the alleged beer bottle were thrown at me and I retaliated like that with a few mates, I would have been thrown in jail for assault. In this case we have policemen (that is supposed to upheld the law)that came into a public place and acted like a gang out of the movies. It is similar to me hitting my 4 year old child with my fist because se had been naughty. No suspension, fire them and then charge them criminally and afterwards the patrons as well as the owners, should sue them in civil court and ruin their lives. This is WRONG

  • Eish! - 2011-03-03 12:55

    Fooking hooligans in uniform. Put them in jail and throw away the key.

  • KaiinSA - 2011-03-03 14:05

    "Four Johannesburg police officers were suspended on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting patrons at the Catz Pyjamas restaurant in Melville" If its on video then surely it cant be allegedly as it would be clear to see if they did or not. Am getting a bit narked with all this allegedly rubbish that News24 keep spouting. Though I did hear that News24 allegedly had journalists but after an investigation it turns out that they have a bunch of 3 year olds on an ipad.

  • Sonja - 2011-03-03 14:05

    Let me guess, suspended but still paid in full?

  • DPG - 2011-03-03 14:25

    where can I find this video??

      The Druid - 2011-03-03 15:02

  • SSRat - 2011-03-03 15:55

    Said it many times before: Don't EVER trust a cop in SA man, if you see one somewhere make sure you go in the opposite direction. Corrupt, uneducated thugs. These are the most dangerous ppl in the country because they have a license to assault, rape, kill and cause general mayhem with relative impunity. We are so fu**ed it's beyond belief.

  • Big Mouth - 2011-03-03 18:12

    And then the phucken police brass suspend 2 honest officers like Jannnie and Abel for stopping winnie. These cops are bullies, nothing more. They should be out taking on armed robbers not resorting to school ground intimidation of drunk fools. As for the idiot that threw the beer bottle, I would have slapped him myself.

      Big Mouth - 2011-03-03 18:21

      And the police abandon a dedicated officer like Cherise Cox, who was shot whilst arresting hijackers - by a gun that was sold to the criminals by corrupt durban metro cops. 8 years later, she is still in and out of hospital weekly - abandoned by the state as they are trying to cover it up. Here is the story. Nothing worse than a bully.

  • Roger - 2011-03-03 18:28

    watch youtube and just search police brutality. u will be amazed how cops act around the world all the time. stop trying to be cool by saying 3rd world or african countries. truth of the matter some people just feel too cool when they put on a uniform. also check canada g20 protests...kinda interesting to see how cops behave worldwide...

  • porra-nut - 2011-03-03 18:30

    CCTV Is not a concern for these thugs,they know they will get away with this.Suspension (holidays) with full pay, only to be reinstated with no action taken against them.The victims will be lucky if they don't have to compensate these (officers of the law!!! wtf) for the trauma of bringing charges against them.

  • Maverick - 2011-03-04 07:07

    The cops have got so bad! Use to worry about being hijacked when driving home late at night. Now I just worry about corrupt cops after twice being stopped by them demanding spot fines for "alleged infringements". Off course they have no name badges and don't identify themselves.

  • Nick - 2011-03-04 14:09

    Shoot them (The pigs that is, refuse to call them cops, because I won't sully the good name of those that do what they're supposed too), because I really don't want them on the streets looking for revenge and with access to guns and information (Through their other corrupt buddies on the force).

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