Mthethwa sued for false arrest

2012-07-17 07:38

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is being sued for R1.4m over a false arrest, The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Ronald Mashego, a field technician, claimed his lobola celebration was ruined when police arrested him in front of his family and friends on an attempted robbery charge on August 28.

In papers filed at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Mashego says he was stressed, agonised and traumatised after being detained for four hours.

He was then moved to another police station where he developed bronchitis in a cold cell, and had missed work for four days.

He is claiming R200 000 for his future medical expenses and R1.2m for pain, suffering and trauma.

The minister had not yet responded and the application was postponed indefinitely.

  • bmekgwe - 2012-07-17 07:49

    Mafia police

      peter.ndamase - 2012-07-17 08:43

      Though the police are at fault, the masses are turning the government into a quick money making scheme. The victim is an opportunist, SAPS must just pay his current medical bills and loss of income for that week. This is our money at stake. We should all work for it, not capitalising on a police glitch!

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-17 08:55

      @Mr Ndamase what type of tea did you make minister Mthethwa this morning??? Rooibos or Joko???

      mofstok - 2012-07-17 09:47

      There was a court ruling not long ago that individual police officers should be held liable for their conduct by private citizens. If a doctor can be sued for malpractice, so should a law enforcement officer. Hit them hard!

      Kuno - 2012-07-17 10:57

      @peter.ndamase - who cares if the masses turn government into a quick money making scheme... lets be honest, government turned the masses for the last 18 years into quick money making schemes and still finds new ways to squeeze even more money out of the masses for their own pockets.

      Kuno - 2012-07-17 11:02

      not that i agree on either side. masses should not abuse the government and government should not abuse the masses.

  • Koos - 2012-07-17 07:53

    Nathi is going to claim that he knows nutting about this.

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-07-17 08:15

      Koos; Obviously. How can he have recollection of all alleged criminals arrested daily throughout the country? I bet you wouldn't too, if you were in that position.

      Koos - 2012-07-17 08:24

      He doesn't as he has no clue what his gang of thugs do on a daily basis. He is to occupied about staying in expensive hotels and wasting our money. I bet you he can remember where he stayed 3 years ago to the date.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-17 07:55

    The bloody minister need to pay up for there punitive damages. It is really sad for this guy

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-17 07:58

    he will have to prove that the police did not have "reasonable grounds" to arrest him. R200 000 for future medical expenses? That's theft!

      mofstok - 2012-07-17 09:49

      In reality the police have to prove that they had reasonable grounds to affect the arrest. Chances are pretty good that he will get something out of it. Train the police to think minister!

      shimeAschendorf - 2012-07-17 11:52

      Police should be thought a lesson,it is well within his rights to sue this incompetent department millions,I would go or 2 million boet,police don't know nothing, research has shown that a black person who is in police force joined the saps because he or she didn't have money to go to varsity,or he or she couldint find employment,most of blacks don't have passion for police job,they wana get rich quick,if u wanna be rich,study and become something else.police is to serve not to Make money

  • syries.maleho - 2012-07-17 08:02

    i need clarity, is he suing the saps or mthethwa? If he does succeed in his claims, who's paying? The department or mr mthethwa himself?

      Klaus - 2012-07-17 08:07

      As per usual, the Tax payer - not Voter

      Thapz Peteke - 2012-07-17 09:12

      Mr Mthethwa is sued coz it is his department,shud d guy win d case,d department(US) will b d 1 paying d bill

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-17 09:29

      Klaus the tax paying citizen are usually the voters,I don't expect children to pay for this.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-17 08:04

    Gee does the poor guy need a heart transplant?????? R200 000!!!

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-17 08:06

    Pity he won't personally be feeling it in his pocket, nor will there be any consequences for him either being the Chief.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-07-17 08:38

    My friend was arrested by police on an apparant charge of theft and were denied bail. After two days, the magistrate caught the investigation officer trying to slip out again with the docket, to make sure he cannot get bail. Only after getting him trying to make the run the state prosecutor found there were no case and the case was withdrawn. This case was brought against him by an BEE company who alledgedly was in the policeforce and had ties at this specific station. What do we do???? This is not democratic.

      mofstok - 2012-07-17 09:50

      Get a better lawyer?

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-07-17 10:18

      Why did your friend steal in the first place

  • Cappuccinno4u - 2012-07-17 09:14

    this gov is a moola making machine.. Let nathi pay dis young fellow 4 da shame nd embarrassment in da presence of family nd friends.. Damn, jst imagine da trauma of being jailed on a freaking false alarm..dis kind of petty misconduct shud be a harsh lesson 4 da government..

  • avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-17 09:23

    Mthethwa is a LIABILITY to this country....

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-18 21:20

      Let's make him leave ...

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-17 10:34

    He will say he knows nothing about it. Just like with the expensive wall around his property.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-18 21:06

    May this young man succeed in his compensation efforts. Maybe in future the cops will think twice before they try it again.

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