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Girl, 3, locked in police cell

2013-02-03 09:12

Johannesburg – Police say they are investigating an incident in which a little girl was locked up in a police cell with her father.

Rapport reported how Hazyview resident Charlie Niemann, 29, was arrested on 6 January for drunk driving and thrown in an icy cold police cell with Cherise, 3, who was barefoot and only wearing pyjamas.


Niemann said he had drunk two beers earlier in the evening but denied being drunk when he drove down to the cafe to buy milk for his daughter and cigarettes for himself.


Police officers took the toddler to the police station and refused to take her home or let the child’s dad make a phone call
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“It was terrible. My child was hysterical. The officials were inhuman. They even refused to give her water. When we got there and Cherise was crying, one threatened to throw her in a police cell if I couldn’t get her to calm down.”


His wife, Stephanie, 30, who was pregnant with the couple’s second child, said she expected the worst when the two didn’t come back from the café.


"We have taken Cherise to a counsellor and she is getting better. But she is scared of police officers. Whenever she sees a police car, she looks for her dad and starts crying hysterically.”


Niemann has laid a charge against the police with the independent complaints directorate.

A police spokesperson said it was illegal to lock up a child in a police cell and said it would be investigated. 
 

Comments
  • selwyn.breytenbach.5 - 2013-02-03 09:19

    What a bunch of losers our cops are!!! NO RESPECT or LOGICAL thinking!!!

      johand.dutoit - 2013-02-03 10:18

      Logical thinking-0% Thinking at all- 0%

      lerinda.muller - 2013-02-03 14:55

      I shudder to think of this little girl in a cell with protential rapists, murderes not to mention pediaphiles!! Anything could have happened to her!! What were these cops thinking?

      JManAtheoi - 2013-02-04 08:37

      Mbogeni - you are such a sad, pathetic, racist loser. Don't you have anything else to say other than your usual, boring, dumb DA vs ANC BS? then again...why am I even asking....

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2013-02-05 08:12

      While I dont agree with her father drinking and driving with his child in the car, I think at the very least the cops should have at least allowed the mother to come and fetch this poor child, the poor child locked up with criminals, that is shocking.

      gideon.walt - 2013-02-05 12:56

      Unbelievably disgraceful

  • mofstok - 2013-02-03 09:19

    Scum. Sue the police out of their uniforms. Disgusting and inexcusable conduct from these supposed guardians of society. Fire them all!

      vic.swarts - 2013-02-03 11:15

      SAPS is rubbish given a job by rubbish!

      james.strawson.9 - 2013-02-03 11:58

      I totally agree that someone must pay for locking the child in the cell but the problem is that the money the police will be sued for comes straight out of our tax money! That is why gross incompetence is happening, only when the perpetrators are personally accountable for their actions will anything ever change!

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2013-02-03 09:20

    The guy must sue the police...*sad*

      ttrevenen - 2013-02-05 12:21

      Its unfortunate that if he were to sue the police it would be you and I (the tax payers) paying for their gross negligence! Its high time that the actual policemen/women responsible for the transgressions paid for their miss deeds out of their own pockets. Then maybe they wouldn't transgress.

  • giancarlo.lanfranchi.7 - 2013-02-03 09:21

    This is madness, what where those cops thinking?

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-03 09:27

      They weren't. To drunk on the power trip that comes with a badge and a gun, coupled with a low intellectual capacity.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-03 09:38

      Sounds like they didn't breathylize or do a blood test either. That's the only way to prove intoxication. Two beers might or might not put you over the limit. It depends on the rate at which they were drunk, the time frame, big or small person, fast or slow metabolism, accompanied with food or not, medications being taken etc. I find it significant that he does not appear to have been charged either.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-02-03 11:15

      They were thinking of getting a promotion

      ttrevenen - 2013-02-05 12:22

      Lets face it... they weren't thinking at all and thats the problem!

  • marius.vanrooyen.37 - 2013-02-03 09:21

    And one again we see the police for what they really are. Thugs! I guess there will be an investigation in which the officers will be suspended with full pay huh?

  • warren.hattingh.5 - 2013-02-03 09:24

    I do not condone what happened and am not protecting the shocking actions of the police...Im sorry but you did drink two beers(I am not saying you were intoxicated), and yet you were still quite prepared to drive around with your 3 year old in the car ! If your priorities were correct to start with, you would never have ended up in a cell.

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 10:08

      The father said he only had 2 beers which is usually on the limit. And we don't know how long after consuming the beers he was driving. The police have not said anything in return. Therefore to accuse the father of endangering the child without all the facts is premature and shortsighted.

      nick.spangenberg.52 - 2013-02-03 12:42

      haha regardless if child was with or not there was roadblock close to his house and shop and arrested suspected drunk driving?!

  • delish7564 - 2013-02-03 09:25

    Disgraceful! What a way to treat a child by these protectors of society. I wonder if there really will be an investigation or whether it will be all talk but no action? I don't usually advocate suing but in this case..........

  • DropFrameFilms - 2013-02-03 09:29

    Sue them for everything they're worth. Most of our police officers are no better than the criminals they arrest. Absolutely disgusting.

      mc.segal.5 - 2013-02-03 10:41

      If he sues them For everything theyre worth he wont get much.

  • jannie.visagie.35 - 2013-02-03 09:30

    I agree 100% about the police, but the fact is one must not drive with any alcohol in your blood. This might hurt or damage the kids and other more than locking up with criminals.

      dinky.westbrook.3 - 2013-02-04 12:16

      The posters have lost all their "logical aptitude." (a) They debate the alcohol level - for pity sake. (b) A father, in a cell with males - HOW the hell could he protect her? (c) SAPS took a blood sample with ...a needle not opened in front of him. This is criminal. So please keep debating whether 1 or 2 is allowed. (d) AND keep condemning him for daring to take his little girl - who no doubt begged her daddy - to go with him. What will you 'nice intelligent' people do when your child begs you with tears rolling ? The Big Picture? WE HAVE A POLICE STATE but that is irrelevant.

  • Michele Klemp - 2013-02-03 09:32

    2 beers IS over the legal limit! idiot father should be b@tch slapped himself for (a) getting behind the wheel when over the limit and (b) taking his baby with him! no sympathy for the parents but do feel sorry for the baby for what she went through.

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 10:04

      The father said he only had 2 beers which is usually on the limit. And we don't know how long after consuming the beers he was driving. The police have not said anything in return. Therefore to accuse the father of endangering the child without all the facts is premature and shortsighted. @ Michelle it could very well have been 2 beers with a lower alcohol content as well.

      Barry - 2013-02-03 12:00

      Michele, the only typical reasons that two strong 340ml beers may put a guy over the legal limit, assuming 5.5% alc/vol, are if he hadn't eaten prior to drinking and/or weighs less than 70kg.

      nick.spangenberg.52 - 2013-02-03 12:31

      wow you're stupid 2 beers nowhere near over the limit article doesnt say he had 2 beers then immediately got in car nor does it say how long after he had it did he go to shop which is down the road the bastards in uniform should all lose their jobs even station commander said it's illegal to keep kids in a cell they acted inhumane and should be put down

      loudon.cito - 2013-02-05 10:45

      The fail is strong with you Michele. Very strong. Now go sit in the corner so the grown ups can talk. Idjit.

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-05 23:00

      Michele. Ag pleez. Go back to Benoni.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-02-03 09:33

    Plain ignorance of the law, which of course, is no excuse

  • atkinsonc - 2013-02-03 09:33

    Just anoth barbaric example of power hungry thugs that call themselves policemen giving those who actually do care and put themselves in danger to serve and protect a bad name ...

  • mike.matshaba.7 - 2013-02-03 09:35

    What wer u expecting from the police?They are not Babysitters, firstly the man has risked the babies life by consuming too much alcohol hence he was lockedup alone with her in a safe cell.It could hav been bad if he was mixed up with other male suspects,its wer we would say the babies life was at risk of been raped or molested.

      slick.hounder - 2013-02-03 10:30

      WHO HAS PROVED THE MAN WAS INTOXICATED??? WHERE DOES IT SAY HE WAS WHITE? HUH ,,SOME BLUE CLOTHED BIGOTS WITH A BADGES. IF HE IS WAS PROVEN SCIENTIFICALLY TO BE INTOXICATED ,THAT'S IF AND NOT BY THE SAPS. IF A CHILD WAS PRESENT THAT CHILD HAS TO BE TAKEN TO A FAMILY MEMBER AND OR GOOD FRIEND WILLING TO TAKE CARE OF THE CHILD AND OR A PLACE OF SAFETY. THIS IS THE LAW , SO TO ALL THOSE THAT SO EASILY CONDEMN, LEARN THE BLOODY LAW FIRST, DAMIT....GEEZSUS GRRRRRRR!! YES I AM A EX SAPS MEMBER AND THAT'S WHY I AM NO MORE. SIMPLY BECAUSE THE SAPS IS DYSFUNCTIONAL DISGUSTING REGIME, SIMPLE FACT! A PERSON IS NOT GUILTY UNTIL PROVED GUILTY AND NOTTTTTTTT!!! BY THE SAPS. THROW THE UNTRAINED BIGOTS THAT PUT A CHILD IN A CELL IN A SEWERAGE PLANT WHERE THEY BELONG,,, AND SUE AND CHARGE THE MINISTER OF POLICE AND HIS BIGOT FORCE. DISGUSTING *&^%$#'S. THEY ALL ARE.

      nick.spangenberg.52 - 2013-02-03 12:33

      you tool he was locked up with everyone else there were other males in the cell they werent alone

  • reynardt - 2013-02-03 09:35

    The cops will get away once again with a slap on the wrist and laugh it off. We never gad these problems in other times.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-03 09:51

      What the hell has apartheid got to do with it? Get over yourself and stop bringing race into everything. This is straightforward police misconduct!

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2013-02-03 13:02

      How would you know, tsig-twit. At least SA wasn't a lawless nation like now. And what has changed in the last 16 years pray tell?

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2013-02-03 13:03

      And how would you know tsig-twit? SA was definitely not a lawless nation like now. And what has changes in the last 18 years. pray tell that led to this lawlessness?

  • doug.logan.58 - 2013-02-03 09:37

    didnt want to pay the bribe ,,,hope the officers are FIRED if they behaved wrongly . What was the blood test results ?????????

  • bra.tabs - 2013-02-03 09:42

    One solution - sue the Police. ICD is a complete waste of time, cos all they ever do is investigate but no other action is taken.

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-03 09:43

    Maybe he was being "cheeky", that is not paying the bribe or showing enough respect. Favourite reason for arresting someone these days.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2013-02-03 09:43

    What type of a father drinks and drive with a 3 yr old in the car and have the balls to complain about police. The therapy the 3 yr old needs is for being ur child

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 09:59

      The father said he only had 2 beers which is usually on the limit. And we don't know how long after consuming the beers he was driving. The police have not said anything in return. Therefore to accuse the father of endangering the child without all the facts is premature and shortsighted.

  • philani.sidinile - 2013-02-03 09:44

    How about we let Mnr. Niemman drive with his child (he is drunk mind U) cause an accident that does not kill only his sorry ass, but also his child and 4 other people that had nothing to do with his drinking. I'm sure Niemmand was as ignorant as you guys writing here, to defend such stupid action is really a cause for alarm.

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 09:59

      The father said he only had 2 beers which is usually on the limit. And we don't know how long after consuming the beers he was driving. The police have not said anything in return. Therefore to accuse the father of endangering the child without all the facts is premature and shortsighted.

      Ðavid - 2013-02-03 11:30

      Must it take another child rape for you to realise that we are living with barbarians, inside and outside of jail? Your comment is ridiculous and very dangerous!

      osiris.fox - 2013-02-05 02:00

      Sounds like they smelt alcohol on his breath and decided that was enough cause for arrest. If they had a any evidence to the contrary, surely they would've raised that to defend their position. Mate, the story is not about the father anyway but how the child was treated. Attitudes like yours make it seem like the black community can only see skin color, as they see the skin before the actual issue.

      ttrevenen - 2013-02-05 12:27

      I'm not defending the fact that the driver may have had more than two beers and was driving - but why put a 3 year old child at risk? By law the accused is entitled to a telephone call, by law the child is not permitted to be locked in the adult holding cells... The police are held to a higher standard and are employed to up hold the law and not to break it. It makes absolutely no sence at all that they did not call the man's wife to collect her child or arrange for a social worker to take the child to a place of safety.

  • maraisl - 2013-02-03 09:44

    This is so wrong on so many levels.

  • nigelwp - 2013-02-03 09:46

    What did these ppl study while they did their training? The act is clear. Stick 2 the act

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2013-02-03 09:48

    What's the difference between what the cops did and what the parents did (drinking and driving). I hope u go to jail for endangering a child

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 09:54

      The father said he only had 2 beers which is usually on the limit. And we don't know how long after consuming the beers he was driving. The police have not said anything in return. Therefore to accuse the father of endangering the child without all the facts is premature and shortsighted.

      stavious.mamatepa - 2013-02-03 09:57

      @Brendan only 2beers is every drunk driver's song....

      lenkamu.trading - 2013-02-03 10:09

      Two wrong don't make it right

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 10:13

      But do you have the facts to prove he was over the limit and drunk. All I'm saying is a lot of people are making assumptions and accusations without knowing the facts. If he was drunk and proven to be over the limit, then lock him up. However to make statements without all the facts is also wrong.

      avril.hopkins - 2013-02-04 16:28

      Ntutu, you are an idiot of note, and all you have done is embarrass yourself with your comment!

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2013-02-03 09:50

    4 the sake of a 3 year old girl

  • stavious.mamatepa - 2013-02-03 09:53

    Theres nothing wrong with locking a 3year old with their guardian/parents....

      anele.mveku - 2013-02-03 09:58

      Except when its in a police cell.

      stavious.mamatepa - 2013-02-03 10:01

      Where were they supose to take the child to?

      colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-03 10:11

      You obviously don't have childre! Nothing wrong where is your humanity! That child is scared! Why did the cops not call a social worker, put her in a office with pen and paper to draw, NOTE WHILE THEY CONTACT the girls mother, assuning they know what a telephone is, there is no excuse, put her under supervisuion of a female officer, I'm sorry there is no excuse for it, just no excuse for the way they handled the situation!

      slick.hounder - 2013-02-03 10:32

      WHO HAS PROVED THE MAN WAS INTOXICATED??? WHERE DOES IT SAY HE WAS WHITE? HUH ,,SOME BLUE CLOTHED BIGOTS WITH A BADGES. IF HE IS WAS PROVEN SCIENTIFICALLY TO BE INTOXICATED ,THAT'S IF AND NOT BY THE SAPS. IF A CHILD WAS PRESENT THAT CHILD HAS TO BE TAKEN TO A FAMILY MEMBER AND OR GOOD FRIEND WILLING TO TAKE CARE OF THE CHILD AND OR A PLACE OF SAFETY. THIS IS THE LAW , SO TO ALL THOSE THAT SO EASILY CONDEMN, LEARN THE BLOODY LAW FIRST, DAMIT....GEEZSUS GRRRRRRR!! YES I AM A EX SAPS MEMBER AND THAT'S WHY I AM NO MORE. SIMPLY BECAUSE THE SAPS IS DYSFUNCTIONAL DISGUSTING REGIME, SIMPLE FACT! A PERSON IS NOT GUILTY UNTIL PROVED GUILTY AND NOTTTTTTTT!!! BY THE SAPS. THROW THE UNTRAINED BIGOTS THAT PUT A CHILD IN A CELL IN A SEWERAGE PLANT WHERE THEY BELONG,,, AND SUE AND CHARGE THE MINISTER OF POLICE AND HIS BIGOT FORCE. DISGUSTING *&^%$#'S. THEY ALL ARE.

      delish7564 - 2013-02-03 10:58

      @Stavious. How about back to her mother who was worried sick about both her husband and her child, understandably. The child should never have been put in a cell, end of. Whether the father was drunk or not, the point is about the child. His intoxication levels have not been confirmed, so stop judging him in the absence of all the facts.. What is fact, is that SAPS saw fit to put a child in a cell and let's face it we're talking about a toddler, not an older child that you can explain things to. How scared must that little girl have been even if she was with her Daddy? These are the things that scar people for life and form all future impressions. What kind of respect is she going to have of the Police as she grows up? I can almost guarantee it won't be much :(

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-04 09:08

      Eish, Stavious just went full retard.

      avril.hopkins - 2013-02-04 16:33

      I sit here with my mouth hanging open, anyone with a single brain cell would not make a comment like this.... so... you obviously have none.

      ttrevenen - 2013-02-05 12:30

      You can't be serious!!! Please hang your head in shame.... oh and bash it with your right fist at the same time for your pure stupidity!

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-03 09:54

    All u charlie's making an issue about Charlie dring with only 2beers under his belt wat about the wop cop's ~take them down Charlie??

  • brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 09:55

    The father said he only had 2 beers which is usually on the limit. And we don't know how long after consuming the beers he was driving. The police have not said anything in return. Therefore to accuse the father of endangering the child without all the facts is premature and shortsighted.

  • Alison Smit - 2013-02-03 10:00

    I see a lot of people blaming the dad here. I get that the fact he was drinking and driving with his daughter in the car and that is inexcusable. If he is guilty I hope he gets the full might of the law but to lock up a small 3 year old in a jail is SHOCKING!! I hope those cops get nailed for it!! The child was an innocent bystander to her fathers crime - how can you be so unfeeling to a childs needs! It is disgusting and if I ever came across the cops who did it I would probably spit in their faces! Pigs!

  • ernest.mumvuma - 2013-02-03 10:01

    The SAPS is very unproffessional,inhuman and inconsiderate. In circumstances where u don't the don't get a cent from the accussed,this exactly the type of mess one will get into. Yes,its not right and against the law to drink and drive but the police should have spared the girl and deal with the culprit. These public protecters,like they are suppose to be are merciless and just money driven

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-03 10:02

    Why does this happen, it is because inexperienced people are appointed in senior posts!!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-02-03 10:04

    What would have happened if he had an accident and his child died. Don't blame the police for your reckless behaviour you idiot.

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-03 10:04

    Is this what they are resorting to, inhumane, callous, cruel and cold hearted, which invokes more distrust in the police. A question to those officers involved how wiuld you have felt if it was your child or do you treat your children like that?

  • jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2013-02-03 10:07

    Called the police to check out a skelem looking fella sitting in his car watching a house, they came quickly and were highly professional, they got the guy, he was from the police. :D

  • anele.mveku - 2013-02-03 10:09

    Only 2beers huh? U wouldn't say u were drunk now would u? this man mst not act innocent he was drunk and what he did was WRONG. As for the police they stupid fools who enforce the law but hv Zero respect for the law nor knowledge of it.

  • stavious.mamatepa - 2013-02-03 10:12

    I had only two beers is every drunk driver's song!!! *fact*

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 10:18

      But do you have the facts to prove he was over the limit and drunk. All I'm saying is a lot of people are making assumptions and accusations without knowing the facts. If he was drunk and proven to be over the limit, then lock him up. However to make statements without all the facts is also wrong.

      stavious.mamatepa - 2013-02-03 10:35

      I'm not the one who arrested him but i guess those who did so have got facts to prove he was over the limmit!

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 11:14

      If you had watched carte blanche's inserts on rogue cops, you would know some cops pull you over and arrest you for nothing and that is not all. Beatings, abuse,etc. And Stavious you say you guess, therefore you are assuming. And you know all about assumptions?

      stavious.mamatepa - 2013-02-03 11:17

      A drunk person will never admit that he is drunk...

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 11:33

      If you had watched carte blanche's inserts on rogue cops, you would know some cops pull you over and arrest you for nothing and that is not all. Beatings, abuse,etc. And Stavious you say you guess, therefore you are assuming. And you know all about assumptions?

      nick.spangenberg.52 - 2013-02-03 12:35

      mamas boy you not very clever

  • brandphuthu - 2013-02-03 10:21

    Next tym a cop gets shot at and the matter is reported here on news24 I want 2 see wat every person who alwazy seems 2 have a case about them sayz and I wish with all my might that those u call them thugs etc etc can get robbed or hijacked or raped etc and the cops don't help u coz it looks like u don't need them sum of as actually do,it's sad wat happened 2 the 3 year old child bt fact is her father was drinking and driving and that came first

      nick.spangenberg.52 - 2013-02-03 12:36

      hahah idiot fact someone should have taken child home or contacted wife

  • simonehall89 - 2013-02-03 10:21

    Once again the men in blue disappoint. Typical!

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-02-03 10:24

    Those officers must be thrown in jail with their uniform on for couple of hours and see how it felt like to that young girl.. Popos are cruel at times

  • Jenny Angela Roxanne Maijanen - 2013-02-03 10:25

    this is realy disturbing.Those officers dont deserve their jobs.What a huge disgrace for the police force to be so cruel and unhumane towards a child.Sick place this country has become with police officers doing the things they do towards inocent people.The very people that child was supposed to trust and look up to.Realy sick

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2013-02-03 10:28

    Hmmm, could the headline not have read 'drunk father irresponsibly take toddler for a drive - thankfully toddler is saved by the police'?

      slick.hounder - 2013-02-03 10:36

      YOU RELATED TO THE BIGOTS THAT DID THIS ARE YOU??? THEY WILL BE CHARGED AND SO WILL THE MINISTER OF POLICE BE SUED. AND I WILL MAKE SURE OF THIS. SO TAKE THAT IDIOT!

  • Rinnewien - 2013-02-03 10:35

    If he wasn't tested he must have acted like a drunk. Why else would they have stopped him? Fact of the matter don't drink put your child in your vehicle and drive! that is the short and sweet of the matter.

      brendan.k.shaw - 2013-02-03 11:09

      If you watched Carte Blanche recently, you would cahnge your mind. There are cops going around bullying people

      nick.spangenberg.52 - 2013-02-03 12:37

      another idiot read before commenting there was a roadblock and suspected of drunk driving then arrested

  • ernest.mumvuma - 2013-02-03 10:37

    The South African police is very unproffessional,inhuman,inconsiderate and most of all the worst in Southern Afica. Yes,its not right and against the law to drink drive like this chap did but they should have spared the child and deal with the culprit. These public protectors as they are suppose to be are merciless and just taking money from us for wrong reasons. In circumstances which the don't get extra Rands from the accussed,this is exactly the type of treatment one can always get from these man in blue. Remember more than 800 officers were nabbed last year alone in corruption related cases.

      slick.hounder - 2013-02-03 10:49

      Exactly Ernest. Hence I am no longer a member. If only you knew how bad it was and getting worse very hour, not just daily!! PROVE ME WRONG...DEAR MINISTER OF POLICE... I CHALLENGE NATHI, PROVE ME WRONG, DUDE!

  • Metalyptica - 2013-02-03 10:45

    This is very shocking. They should sue the SAPS and the Pol. minister in Court. All the involved staff who were on duty at the time of the incident should be charged and sentenced. This story should go viral. Make the world aware of what happens in this wonderful country. Also, to make my opinion a fair one, if something very positive happens in this country (on the same level as the negativity of this story) it should also go viral. Make the world aware of what happens in this wonderful country. If The Lord so Blesses us.

  • alaina.erasmus - 2013-02-03 10:46

    There is a huge difference betwern drinking and driving, and having a couple of beers at home and then popping out to the shop a bit later. Drinking and driving is when you are over the legal limit, drunk and you get behind the wheel. The latter pretty much explains itself and is not illegal. Fact of the matter is that the police had no right to put the girl in the cell (which is illegal), had no right to deny the father his phone call (his legal right) and they couldn't even act like compassionate human beings. Glad he has laid charges.

      zirk.burger - 2013-02-04 19:05

      Seems you dont know the act regulating this subject.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-03 10:47

    The cops do some questionable things sometimes if they really know the law or as human being and supposedly a son of someone or a parent you should know minus does not belong in jail - i have seen in many different occasions where the Ria Piyaka's boys they leave me thinking they were intoxicated themselves while on duty, and some are - this is disgusting, Mr. sue the bastards for putting your child in cell where criminals such as murderers and rapist sleep

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-02-03 10:48

    Its a regrettable incident, particulary from SAPS.

  • tian.nel.31 - 2013-02-03 10:48

    whether he was drunk or not,had 2 beers or 10..the girl being 3 years of age locked up with him is shocking.

  • willem.louw.16 - 2013-02-03 10:48

    It's really abhorrent to hear stories like this. This is bad policing, intimidation, illegal and wrong on so many human levels it's impossible to comprehend. The police must not wonder why they are hated, attacked and treated poorly by communities. It is in part their own fault. I have personally had a brush with the law when two cocky cops fooling around in car slammed into the back of my vehicle. They tried to arrest me for reckless driving, told me I am going to jail and what obscene things I was gonna experience in jail.... I was innocent and my parents and lawyers came to the rescue... but what about the people who don't have those resources? Do they get locked up in jail with their kid???? Because of stories like this, and lets face it there are no shortage of them, that people don't trust or respect the police. I for one believe every cop is crooked and incompetent until proven different. Sadly it should be the other way around. When a case is isolated you can blame the individual, but when every other day you read another horrible story, you have to start believe the institution is rotten.

  • Y.yollie - 2013-02-03 10:56

    Fact: NO member of the police is allowed to draw blood themselves. That will be thrown out of court. Fact: NO child is to be locked up in a cell. Their 1st obbligation was the safety and well being of the child. Majority of cops is not to be trusted FACT. They part of the synidicates that rob and rape the citizens of this country. I know of a big cop in that raped a teenaged girl. No one did anything due to his influence and rank. So please. They not there to protect us. They a mafia on their own that denies the people fair treatment! This is just another proof of their incompetence.

      ronald.stilianou - 2013-02-03 14:26

      You need to get that girl to report that cop, to the police and social services.

  • Melt Olckers - 2013-02-03 10:57

    They must sue the Police.

  • Barefoot - 2013-02-03 10:58

    most bad@ss story for show and tell Monday morning at creche!