Metro cops filmed beating hawker

2012-04-29 16:02

Johannesburg - Johannesburg metro police are investigating the assault of a hawker, allegedly by four of their officers, the Sunday Times reported.

Andries Ndlovu, 37, was beaten in Ivory Park, near Midrand, last Friday, apparently after he tried to stop the officers from beating a 60-year-old man.

A 22-second cellphone video of the attack was recorded by an onlooker.

Officers are shown kicking and stamping on Ndlovu after he had fallen down, according to the weekly.

The officers allegedly beat up a 60-year-old welder, Joseph Khumalo, when he demanded a receipt or notice when his goods were impounded. Ndlovu asked the officers why they were assaulting Khumalo, he told the paper. He was punched in his face, and started to fight back.

Khumalo's two sons, Ananias and Michael, said they were also assaulted.

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar asked the Sunday Times for a copy of the video so disciplinary action could be taken.

Minnaar was quoted as saying: "We can clearly see the officers trampling on the civilian. They are not allowed to trample on a civilian."

Minnaar was not immediately available for comment when Sapa called him.

  • Gestoffle - 2012-04-29 16:25

    "We can clearly see the officers trampling on the civilian. They are not allowed to trample on a civilian" Of course they are....he was lying on the wrong side of the scrum.....

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-04-29 16:57

      i'm on the floor :) i CANNOT believe he said that!! WTF

      Burtfred - 2012-04-29 17:32

      Wayne Minaar is the Nazir Alli of the JMPD. Both have delusions of grandeur.

      Mattewis - 2012-04-29 17:54

      Good 'ol African Jungle Justice! Been happening over the whole of the continent for decades. It happened in the old Ciskei & Transkei, now it's come to the whole of South Africa! This is not the first time, and it will definitely not be the last. Not long ago SAPS members were filmed beating up a scrap metal dealer in Pretoria (because he was legally carrying a firearm). A few years ago the Pretoria Metro police were filmed beating up a couple in their home. What does the media expect Minnaar to say? "We stand by our officers dutifully and brutally enforcing the law"? Yeah, right! He'll just make the obvious claptrap statement that the incident will be investigated (along with the million others already being investigated).

      Fredster - 2012-04-30 09:01

      It was SAP, not metro

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-30 10:48

      Those 10 thumbsdown must be Bryce Lawrance....HTF is bryce allowed to vote 10 times?

  • Porshemak - 2012-04-29 16:26

    they're thugs sponsered by govt.

      Christelle - 2012-04-29 17:04

      What the hell is the difference between this person who is suppose to protect us and the person who raped the 8 year old. NOTHING. They fell nothing for another human being. And HOW will they deal with him. God help our country and her people!!!!

      Robin - 2012-04-29 18:39

      Rotten to the core..

  • George - 2012-04-29 16:28

    Now that they can't join SCAMRAL police force in abusing the non e-toll payers they have to vent their aggression somehow. The hawkers must be more vigilant.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-29 16:29

    Is the video on the net yet.

      miyo27 - 2012-04-29 22:13

      Gordon - 2012-04-30 09:38

      wrong event.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-29 16:29


  • Joe - 2012-04-29 16:31

    such actions cannot be condoned but when is positive work and stress related problems faced by policemen going to be given coverage and recognised, how many lives have they saved?

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-04-29 17:22

      Tell me 1 positive story; especially a Gauteng one; get us to believe and have again please?

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-04-29 17:23

      Have faith again

      Leon - 2012-04-29 17:47

      Cuanita, e-tolls are on hold!

      Marina - 2012-04-30 08:03

      @Joe When it happens. The kids have "Bananss in Pyjamas" We have "Thugs in Uniform"

  • Rob - 2012-04-29 16:31

    Kick to kill ?

      Boer - 2012-04-29 19:33

      Rob f#ck off your as dumb as a lamp post.

      randomhero6661 - 2012-04-29 20:17

      a lamp post provides light in dark areas so you don't get kicked or killed. never take lamp posts for granted.

  • Lloyd - 2012-04-29 16:32

    I saw it with my own eyes in Parkwood metro cops assaulting hawkers and refusing to write a receipt of the impounded goods.

      frikkie.botes - 2012-04-30 07:40

      In Westdene Joburg the metro cops went into Schoolcafe , peppersprayed the shopowner in front of the schoolchildren just because he grabbed his plastic table which was outside and took it inside the shop before the metro could confiscate it.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-29 16:33

    There is a video of a cop gloating . Telling a driver to check the Internet and see what JMPD will do to you , arrogant pigs.

  • Sboniswa - 2012-04-29 16:36

    Prez Zuma, please do something here...this a**H*le!!! must face the music

  • Sboniswa - 2012-04-29 16:41

    No wonder they are being killed!!!

      frikkie.botes - 2012-04-30 07:43

      Unfortunately the hawker wasnt a Bees le Roux. Otherwise there would have been a dead cop.

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-29 16:45

    This happens when you employ hoodlums and decoys to protect the public..

  • Jack - 2012-04-29 16:45

    So where is the video?

  • Vic - 2012-04-29 16:48

    Fire those cops. Firstly assaulting a 60 year old defenseless citizen and then attacking someone who came to his aid. Should be ashamed of themselves. Well done to the person who recorded it.

  • - 2012-04-29 16:51

    this is just another example of the state thinking the people serve them and not they the people. if you for once in your life have a little power after you had none you then think you can do what you like. i hope the ANC knows their reign of crime and corruption is nearing it's end. the sooner the better

      Glyn - 2012-04-29 16:58

      Vote DA for a better police force. Correction... Vote DA for a police force.

  • Cuanita Gevers - 2012-04-29 16:55

    Be careful, as a foreigner at a road block they will demand proof of your traffic register... Ignorant bunch don't know you can't register a vehicle without it! If your licence disc is current you clearly have a register....

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-04-29 16:57

    Typical ! Another day in rosy africa

  • Absa Bank Ramodisa - 2012-04-29 17:01

    when i see an officer when metro cop or a cop i feel very unsafe cause i know that the chances are high that i can be robbed or beaten by them

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-04-29 17:03

      Very, very true!! Sadly they do the exact opposite to actually upholding law and order!

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-29 17:11

    How old is your dad ? In tough timess, he could be this man being beaten. Why are these thugs not being \named and shamed\ ? I just came off a high reading about the e-toll victory. Then I read this and realise just how steep our climb is gonna be just to be a decent civilised society. (I still have faith)).

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-04-29 17:15

      Maybe E-toll is the start of where we all stand together to fight what is ultimately the society we all deserve!!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-29 17:53

      If so, I shall stand beside you !

      Cuanita Gevers - 2012-04-29 18:55

      So let's go for it, what is stopping us?!!

      Toofaan - 2012-04-29 20:07

      Nothing can stop us Cuanita (afraid that I rarely log on to news 24 so apologies for late response). I truly believe that light will always vanquish darkness. I'm a Durban boy who has always believed in the innate goodness of humankind. From my side I pledge to never vote ANC (unless they turn around - I won't write even this party off). I will do whatever I can to oppose the secrecy bill (it's a bigger evil than tolling). I will join any protest that aligns to these beliefs. I hope that we meet one day while we push for a common goal. Even across the net, we can stand together. Ciao

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 22:42

      And I will stand with you also!!

  • Paul Maema - 2012-04-29 17:16

    dose under trained morons who use state powers 2 terrorise de community must be fired finish n klaar.

  • howard.komati - 2012-04-29 17:17

    Typical they are rude and most of them think their job is heavenly made and wht makes it worse is their level of education they dnt study.

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-04-29 17:19

    Mr Policeman, please don't trample on the civilians, it's not allowed. O...M...G you THINK???

  • ArchAngel - 2012-04-29 17:19

    MINNAAR!! You are the WEAKEST LINK!!!! You are past your SELL BY DATE!!!! GO AWAY!!!

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-04-29 17:23

    What was the reason to beat when the old man ask the receipt? There was no reason to beat. But as I said in other comment I made here in News24 last week. That the gun carriers are always agressive to ordinary people because there's always something pushing them to shoot although these ones didn't shoot but they were ready to shoot if that old man tried something.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-04-29 17:27

    Give these idiots a uniform and a bit of power and they absolutely abuse it , they are supposed to serve and protect there is clearly something wrong with the training that our law enforcers are receiving they are becoming a law unto themselves , they opened fire on the SAPS a few years ago that was swept under the carpet its the story of south africa if you part of the govt you will get away with , the of govt needs a clean out

  • Adam - 2012-04-29 17:33

    Could you imagine if it was Bees who walked up to the metro cop. This is why I feel good when one of them gets shot. I am actually glad that I am not young anymore, because the anc have turned this country into sh*t. VOTE THEM OUT.

  • Michele - 2012-04-29 17:37

    :they are not allowed to trample a civilian". WTF... actually... wtf... really... sorry I have no wrods. They are not ALLOWED to trample a civilian? REALLY?

  • Delaine - 2012-04-29 17:56

    This is really sick. Cops are not above the law. Even though the law is corrupted this doesn't allow cops to do as the please. They should be stripped of their badges and punished. Innocent ppl suffer cause of idiots like this. They suppose to serve and protect, but what are the serving and protecting. Who can we trust?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 18:08

    Get rid of Always Need Candles,problem solved.

      Marina - 2012-04-30 08:16

      You got it wrong Mike. It's Always Need Cash.

  • deem01 - 2012-04-29 18:24

    I have tried to protect a hawker whose goods (beaded wire) were being impounded. I was verbally attacked by about 15 cops (they travel in packs) and told that they didn't want my sort (I suppose - old white woman) here and that I should just leave the country. They had their hands on their weapons during this exchange. I did not have my phone on me but when I got back in my car, I did photograph them. I offered the hawker money to go and get his goods but he said no, he would just let them go because if he went to the police station they would attack him.

  • tshiamo.kekana - 2012-04-29 18:49

    Thats what they do....on friday me and my 2 friends wer going to a show in jozi as we wer about to board a train at bosman station they arreasted one of my friend for smoking a ciggrate, we tried to find out why they wer arreasting our friend the beat us up for questioning them..... the other thing is that they hawkers sell ciggreates at the station but if you smoke it they arreast you.

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 21:08

      Set those cops up,call them in and f..k them up with the mob.

  • berni.venter - 2012-04-29 18:53

    Friend of mine told me he was sitting in traffic at an interchange and a JMPD van came screeching by, stopped on the island. Both cops got out and while one chased the hawker between the cars the other cop loaded up the back of the van. It was filled with fruit, vegetables and goodness knows what else. They both got back into the van and sped off. How's that for a free shopping spree?

  • RALEBESE - 2012-04-29 18:59

    Another Police brutality these peoples do they think they rule S.A

  • Theo - 2012-04-29 19:34

    Kick all the damn hawkers off the streets. In Gauteng they turn the robots into a drive thru market becuase we live in a sick society where those with money and possessions can't walk the streets safely and are forced to drive everywhere. Then we get assaulted every day at every robot by f***ing hawkers peering into our car windows and invading our privacy. A pimple on my ass bothers me more than a hawker getting beaten, or his family going hungry. If they have such a bad life then they must learn not to waste the one opportunity they get evey 4 years to make a difference and vote the right leaders in to government. To qualify my above statement though, a (small) zit on my chin bothers me more than a cop getting shot and killed. Mindless corrupt useless thugs...

      carolyn.dewrance - 2012-04-29 20:07

      There by the grace of ?God go you, and remember that zit on your chin can grow. Life can kick you in the teeth when you are not looking. I know it happened to me. and now I would rather give to the hawkers and the hungry then to the rich beggars, charities and the government.

      Rohin - 2012-05-02 12:24

      @Theo, I get your frustration and I totally agree about using your vote to try and get change, but in the real world, many of these hawkers are hawkers because they are immigrants - legal or otherwise, and/or uneducated, if the ANC or any other party comes along and tells them we're going to do xyz if you don't vote for us, they don't know better. And let's be honest, the older generation of people that you find as hawkers on streets, ie. 30+ years of age - did not benefit from the post apartheid changes - their life is a struggle unlike any you'll ever know, and for an officer of the law to come along and kick them in the head when they are NOT resisting is just screwed up beyond belief. I hope like hell that you or someone you care about is never ever at the wrong end of a pissed off/stressed police / JMPD officer.

  • jmlongwe - 2012-04-29 21:00

    If the top apple is rotten, the ones below will probably follow suit, so time to get rid of the rotten apple

  • komorison - 2012-04-30 00:16

    A copy of the video for investigation?! Stuff that, the man should be charged immediately and tossed into jail! What's to investigate? It will develop into Malema type circus.

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-04-30 06:32

    And they carry GUNS.

  • Mashudu E Nengovhela - 2012-04-30 07:28

    This is a new trend of thugery by police to un-armed civilians which needs to be addressed.They are supposed to protect,not to inflict injuries.This need to be addressed holistically,research leading to this scourge must be initiated.We need to revitalise our civic organisations free from political party bias and state interference

      Marina - 2012-04-30 08:22

      That's one good thing the ANC did. They put all the thugs in uniform so we can spot them a mile away.

  • frikkie.botes - 2012-04-30 07:37

    They are not allowed to trample on him, they should only have asked for some cho cho.

  • Vickers - 2012-04-30 08:22

    Metro cops are not policemen. They are the scum of the earth that deserves zero respect. Metro police is just a fancy name for a "spietkop". There is still some real policemen around trying to do a decent job in very difficult circumstances. Good spietkops? Nah

  • Wendy - 2012-04-30 09:52

    I like to commend on this story the metro police have no right what soever to betting people and they are faeling to dealing with taxi drivers who are braking the rules every day on the road instead they taking braeb from those taxis .

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