KZN cop acquitted on assault charge

2011-12-13 22:44

Johannesburg - A KwaZulu-Natal traffic officer was acquitted of assault charges on Tuesday in the Camperdown Magistrate's Court, the provincial transport department said.

Edward Xolani Mtshali, 30, was accused of assaulting 53-year-old Jude Ward at the Camperdown police station last year.

"The case went to court, but he was acquitted on all the charges. There was no prima facie evidence against him," spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said.

Mtshali, driving in an unmarked car, apparently indicated to Ward to pull over on the N3 highway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in January 2010. However, she drove to the police station instead, apparently fearing he was a hijacker.

Mtshali followed her inside where he allegedly pushed her to the floor and throttled her.

The department's MEC Willies Mchunu welcomed the ruling.

"The law has played its role and has cleared Mtshali from the assault charges," he said in a statement.

"I urge the community to respect this decision. No one is above the law and we want to ensure the community that our officers are well-trained and disciplined."

  • Warren - 2011-12-13 23:12

    Banana anyone???

      dcoventry - 2011-12-14 09:36

      I find many of the comments on news24 appallingly racist. It's almost like a community of HNP supporters gathering online to push their apartheid agenda.

      Warren - 2011-12-14 12:56

      @ dcoventry: I find the ruling in this court case appallingly racist.

  • John - 2011-12-14 04:18

    The cop was probably Jub Jub's brother in law.

  • Sean Clarence - 2011-12-14 05:24


  • Sharon - 2011-12-14 05:58

    This makes me feel SO much better about the police!! I feel silly for being afraid of them now... Obviously the woman lied, made it all up. YA RIGHT!!!

  • Wes - 2011-12-14 07:16

    "I urge the community to respect this decision. No one is above the law and we want to ensure the community that our officers are well-trained and disciplined." Cops took turns raping woman - claim Johannesburg - Two police officers accused of raping a woman appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. The police sergeants, aged 28 and 43, would hear if their bail application was successful on Wednesday, said a court official. Two policemen allegedly stopped a woman in her car in Fourways, Johannesburg last Friday. She reportedly was pulled out of the front seat of her vehicle to the back seat, where the police officers took turns raping her. The woman laid a charge against them on Saturday. - SAPA

      ludlowdj - 2011-12-14 11:44

      Which is why all good citizens in their dealings with the police have started to enforce the shoot first check badges later attitude

  • Larry - 2011-12-14 07:30

    Witness for the Plaintiff 0. Witness for the defence 55 Cops. Enough said. Even if he had been found guilty, he would have joined 100's of other cops in the same position, still on duty and still getting paid.

  • Garth - 2011-12-14 07:31

    ` . . . no prima facie evidence against him.' Obviously not - she is a white woman. He is a black, anc ignorant, man surrounded by(and no doubt watched by) other brave, upstanding, honest members of our police force. Of course he did not do this thing you mischievous, minority, racist, white woman - blaming a black man for assault, how dare you! `. . . department's MEC Willies Mchunu . . .' you mean he has two, or possibly more? Is that his qualification?

  • Edmund - 2011-12-14 08:51

    So many things wrong with this! 1. Unmarked traffic officer, not even a police officer. 2. A man felt the need to man handle a woman that was scared and drove to a police station! 3. A 30 year old man felt it was required to man handle a 53 year old woman! 4. How can it be trying to be above the law when you drive to the police station?! 5. If he felt it was required to charge her fine, why did he use force when she was not threat to him and at the station???? Your behavior and the ruling supports the woman was RIGHT to do as she did. If you can't understand the above there is no hope for you! Your ruling may make you smile BUT the public thinks less of the police. So in the big scheme of things the police lost out, not that their management ever thinks about that.

      Peter - 2011-12-14 10:08

      he saw the opportunity to rape another woman.. and when she drove to the police station, he got angry and throttled her..

  • Warwick - 2011-12-14 10:16

    Racist black cop attacking a old white woman. Filthy pig, big tough guy. Buttwipe of note.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-14 11:42

    "I urge the community to respect this decision. No one is above the law and we want to ensure the community that our officers are well-trained and disciplined." I do believe this is a declaration of war and a threat all rolled up in one. Justice has most certainly not been served yet. The fact that the assault took place in a police station simply means our police force does not have the right to either respect or authority. As for "no-one is above the law" I think he meant except the ANC and its cadre including the police.

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