Metro cops suspended over blind busker

2013-07-11 16:24
Lunga Goodman Nono (Claudia Dijkkamp, News24)

Lunga Goodman Nono (Claudia Dijkkamp, News24)

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Cape Town - Three metro cops, who allegedly manhandled a blind busker in the Cape Town CBD, have been suspended, reports say.

ENCA tweeted: “The City of Cape Town has suspended, with immediate effect, the three cops who roughed up a blind busker at St George’s Mall.”

EWN said: “3 @CityofCT law enforcement officials have been suspended for 3 months for manhandling.”

Cape Town busker Lunga Goodman Nono was dragged away from his spot in St George’s Mall by several metro officers, who broke his guitar and dragged him to a police van on Monday.

Nono was arrested and fined R1 500 for busking outside of his permit hours.
Hundreds of people converged on St George’s Mall on Wednesday in protest against the incident.

In the statement, the City of Cape Town’s Richard Bosman said it deemed the actions of the officers involved “were not in keeping with this administration’s commitment to building a caring city that respects every resident’s right to dignity”.

The city also pointed out that after reading about the incident, the busker was contacted by his brother, Lungiswa Goodwell Nono, who had last heard from the singer 10 years ago.

By Wednesday afternoon, as crowds gathered around him, Nono was back at his usual spot with a new guitar which was donated by musician Tony Cox.

“I am very happy,” Nono said.

Nono has also received a recording contract from The Rooftop Recording studio.

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