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Outrage as blind busker dragged away

2013-07-09 09:05

Cape Town - An incident in which a blind busker was forcefully removed from St George's Mall in central Cape Town on Monday is to be investigated.

The Cape Times reported that outraged bystanders watched as metro police officers manhandled the well-known busker while removing him from his regular position on the pedestrian street, which is popular with tourists and city workers.

Lunga Goodman Nono, 51, is facing a R1 500 fine for contravening a by-law by busking outside his permitted time and refusing to stop. He was put in a police van and taken to a police station.

Guitar broken

His wife, Abigail, told the newspaper she begged the metro police officers to leave him alone but they refused. They also broke his guitar.

Nono said he was hurt in the incident. "I would really like to tell those police that I did not rob anyone, or break into anyone's house. I'm playing to support my family. There is nothing else I can do to support my family. They must just let me work," the Cape Times quoted him as saying.

"How they dragged me on the ground and tore my clothes, that hurt me. It broke my heart."

The couple have lodged a complaint against the metro police.

City of Cape Town mayoral member for safety and security JP Smith told the Cape Times that Nono had "repeatedly disregarded regulations and was verbally abusive to our officials for months, thus resulting in multiple warnings being issued to him".

Noise nuisance

He added that the officers were forced to detain Nono and his wife "for causing a noise nuisance and failing to obey instructions".

Smith added that disciplinary action will be taken if the officers are found guilty of maltreatment or using excessive force.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato told EWN that an investigation will be launched into the alleged assault, and the incident is being viewed in a serious light as the vulnerable have to be protected.

"For five, six or seven officers to act against a blind person is not on. However, we don’t want to draw our own conclusions and anticipate the outcomes. Let’s have a full scale investigation."


Comments
  • Candice Morris - 2013-07-09 09:15

    Yes, because we dont have any serious crime in our country that we need to use 7 officers to deal with a blind busker... REALLY??!! Surely there are some drug dealers hanging on corners that could do with such attention!!

      Janicemcmaster - 2013-07-09 09:29

      Bloody disgusting!!!

      Patrick Buckley - 2013-07-09 09:34

      Wonderful to see our men in blue dealing with serious crime so efficiently! lol

      CommonSense - 2013-07-09 09:37

      Yes, people should be aloud to operate outside the law depending on circumstances. If you are black, disabled and poor then the law shouldn't apply to you. What difference does playing an extra half hour make? Or selling booze after 6pm, or going only 20km/h over the speed limit. After all, laws are made to be broken right?

      Hector Smythe - 2013-07-09 09:42

      "The Cape Times reported that outraged bystanders watched as metro police officers manhandled the well-known busker" The people care, SAPS dont.

      Stanton Clarke - 2013-07-09 09:52

      How is this eveil Alicia?

      Matthew - 2013-07-09 09:55

      The only time we see metro doing something other than sleeping in their patrol cars or accepting bribes, is When they do cr@p like this. Whatever the story is, there is/was no reason for destroying that guitar. And it takes 7 of them for one busker.wow,pathetic. Destructive we dont give a sh*t mentality. Metro learning well from Saps,clearly =/

      Hamish Leslie Drake - 2013-07-09 10:11

      Metro Police are scum. They are absolutely good for nothing, except as a source of revenue for the city. People will be much happier once they are gone.

      Susan Gunning - 2013-07-09 10:26

      hey @Silenta Solly...why dont you fek off to JHB then

      AllyKat - 2013-07-09 10:28

      My guess is he refused to pay kick backs like the drug dealers

      Ann Murray - 2013-07-09 10:32

      Soft target - it is so easy for these bullies!!!!!

      anikenvader - 2013-07-09 10:43

      silenta - thirdly - cANCer has hold over anything to do with the police and metro police and hawks (yes even them because they had to disband the scorpions so that criminal zoomer can rule like a dictator despot...! So I don't see how you see the da in this picture at all??? Just because it happened in Cape Town, does not mean that the da is in control of the cANCer doggies...!

      KevanFoxcroft - 2013-07-09 10:55

      Let us first get all the information from all sides , then people can become emotional. I dont see him being dragged or manhandled. I see him more as scared , he is blind and is now being lead away, to a place he cant see. So he may be more scared than resisting arrest. Guys need to take a few things into consideration when dealing with people, I can alread sense a drive to collect money for him , for a new guitar, this will be done by the public. Dont tell me people are all savages, well unless you talk about faeces and airports....

      Matthew - 2013-07-09 11:08

      He's already been given a new Guitar from bystanders who saw the whole thing go down. And he is getting a lawyer to fight for him,also being paid for from people that saw the whole thing. He will be okay people, he Will be taken care of now.and he has now some free publicity as far as selling cd's goes (i saw people on facebook putting it together)

      Eterni80 - 2013-07-09 11:29

      and the biggest criminal of them all is still in charge of the country. our democracy is under attack PLEASE VOTE IN 2014 !!

      Jane Brown - 2013-07-09 12:05

      I have absolutely no time for the Metro police. I used to work in Claremont in Cape Town and would always see groups of them walking into Shoprite to buy their lunch and loiter around the entrance to Edgars while supposedly keeping a look out for crime. Meanwhile on the opposite side of the road pedestrians would be harassed by drunks and drug addicts and taxis would be stopping illegally, jumping red lights and generally causing mayhem while hooting right next to the "No hooting and no stopping sign". Absolutely useless bunch of people!

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2013-07-09 13:55

      The guy on the footage swearing. hahaha. Cops are dogs without leashes!

      Tgif Wtfaw - 2013-07-09 15:38

      Check out this clip " buskers from around the world" Something positive for a change. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM

      Rohin Jadin - 2013-07-10 07:02

      The attitude of "minor" crimes don't matter is part of the bigger problem of the lawlessness in this country. The SAPS do need to be mindful of how they handle a blind person, not being there, I can only imagine backup was called in case the ppl around decided to intervene. The video doesn't show him being dragged on the floor, if he fell then they didn't elp him up, then yeah they should face some disciplinary action. But let's not turn our backs to bylaws as it's these that keep society in check

      Billy Bob - 2013-07-10 07:54

      damn silly if you ask me, YES there is law, that doesnt mean its the right law. apartheid was law.... and? these people that play good music give an atmosphere to our city. shame on you police. shame on you. why the hell cant i stand where i want and make music, did people complain about him disturbing the peace? his music was making peace. in this case the police should peace off in my opinion. how can you stop someone from earning a living?? he needs to feed himself!

      Pi Poggenpoel - 2013-07-10 08:22

      Compliance = no forceful removal.

      Nasheena Ramnarain - 2013-07-10 12:31

      He needs to compensated for public humiliation, violation of Human rights and his guitar needs to be replaced. So typical of the law to pick on the weak and helpless. Maybe tomorrow the orphanage guys. Try the little defenseless kids with no parents.

      Chris P Noodle - 2013-07-10 14:56

      Glad to see it all turned out well in the end - free advertising, a new guitar and probably bigger tips

  • davids5070276 - 2013-07-09 09:15

    I'm not sure if I see any unnecessary man handling. It looks like the police are guiding him to the police van

      Mark Thomas - 2013-07-09 10:32

      Agreed, not from that clip anyway. You can see he is NOT going quietly. If he is constantly breaking the law then he should loose his license to trade in that spot. Sorry, but rules are rules.

      anikenvader - 2013-07-09 10:45

      it's only "brutal" because there is some white skin showing up..! please man! get a new story somewhere else n24. ANYTHING to show the bee victimized in cape town...!

      Marianne Jacobsz Kapp - 2013-07-09 11:07

      Force may not evident on this clip, but to break his guitar is an act of violence. Even if he wasn't blind, that would have been outrageous. What if you were pulled over for speeding a the cop took a sledgehammer to your car? Would you think that was okay? If he was breaking the law, a fine would have been in order. JP Smith, these men acted with undue force, don't try to justify their behaviour!

      Jay Kganyago - 2013-07-09 12:00

      @david & mark thomas - If this is really the kind of society you want to live, then you are disgusting. Get some humanity. A blind man just singing to try honestly support his family and you want to lock him up, you should be ashamed. Of course there is force evident in the clip, a team of armed officers arresting a man is force.

      Mc Apple - 2013-07-09 12:12

      @JayKganyago: First off the man make like the police kicked him and dragged him on the ground. Looks more like he was resisting. Of course this is the normal story we should be use to it by now. Secondly there is a reason there are bylaws. Today one what happens tomorrow when there are 100 and the customers take their money elsewhere? I can show you a few places where similar thing happened and I can show you what those places looks like today. It’s like complaining about how taxis drive but they have been doing it like that for so long that you can’t now just tell them to stop or that it is wrong. If taxis where handled in the beginning and forced to abide by the laws and rules of the road we would not have the problems we have today. I’m sorry for the guy but there is a right way and a wrong way. If you just let people do as they please then the place will become just another slum.

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-07-09 13:47

      Much ado about nothing; storm in a teacup. Can't believe this is such big news!

      Xolie KaSbu Maku - 2013-07-09 14:08

      This was not on, seven Officers act against a blind man. They even ignored the Bystanders when they trying to stop them. #I am afraid of these so called Metro Police#

  • Geronimo Feather - 2013-07-09 09:19

    I have watched the video and did not see any "brutality". I am afraid I am with the police here. The law is the law and it is there to be obeyed. If he was breaching the law by playing later than permitted, and had ignored repeated previous warnings, then he has to suffer the consequences of his choice. South Africa is largely lawless - I would encourage the police to enforce all laws in a reasonable manner.

      Bathandwa Ngoma - 2013-07-09 09:34

      Geronimo, I think you have an eyesight problem, or should I say you also blind? Grab yourself a copy of today’s Cape Times and see. If you were watching this video using Nokia 3310 you really can’t see it.

      Tex Rawhide - 2013-07-09 09:45

      Buskers, crusty jugglers, living statues. Take them away.

      Deon Louw - 2013-07-09 09:48

      It also is not a good idea to argue with 7 policemen. Abide by the rules.

      Matthew - 2013-07-09 09:57

      So do what police tell you to do in fear of police brutality/abiding the rules. What happens then when they make their own rules or change the current ones to suit them as they please?

      Tex Rawhide - 2013-07-09 10:09

      Fact is the police told him to move along, and he refused. Entitlement obsession.

      Hamish Leslie Drake - 2013-07-09 10:18

      @Geronimo There are laws and there are laws. Harassing a blind busker, who is trying to make an honest living, is a crime. The Metro should have arrested themselves. If not that, then go and arrest some drug dealers, un-roadworthy taxi owners or better yet, some corrupt politicians. If honest citizens fear the "police" then there is something wrong with the country.

      Tony Cox - 2013-07-09 10:27

      you can take your laws and your police and shove them where the sun don't shine Geronimo...

      Marianne Jacobsz Kapp - 2013-07-09 11:10

      @Geronimo, they broke his guitar!!!??? Have you ever had a speeding fine? If the traffic cop took a sledgehammer to your car, would you have been okay with that? A fine would have been in order, but metro police acted beyone what is reasonable. They did not enforce the law in a reasonable manner!!

      Alwyn West - 2013-07-09 11:57

      If you take into consideration that he is blind and the pace the are moving him at, then thye are using undue force and that amounts to brutality

  • DrGonzoSA - 2013-07-09 09:24

    44 murders the other weekend? Nice to see the police getting their priorities right.

      Goldie Saturnz - 2013-07-09 12:53

      I hope this police brutality will somehow benefit this man as was the case with that lady that was bullied by school kids. Police these days are simply gangsters in uniform.

  • Leatitia Ferreira - 2013-07-09 09:30

    That is right, arrest them! Arrest all of these people that stand at the robots and sell items, beg for money, etc!

      Andrew Selous - 2013-07-09 09:40

      While you sit with your hot cup of coffee browsing the net.

      Carina Welman - 2013-07-09 11:49

      Leatitia, he sings songs on the side of the walk way. It's not like he's hanging in to your car window

      Yeu Chicks - 2013-07-09 17:19

      SIES to you IsaacClarke, often disability is either by accident of born with what's there to attack them abt something they didn't choose. You are disgusting!

  • Ryan Mac Mahon - 2013-07-09 09:32

    Its sick, should he need another guitar I will gladly give him mine,

      Marlene De Beer - 2013-07-09 10:00

      Ryan he already has a new quitar Keano mentioned it this morning.

  • Dagga Movement - 2013-07-09 09:32

    Pigs! Targeting people trying to make a living!

  • Mira Sturmair - 2013-07-09 09:34

    shame on saps - sad innocent man who luv music and does no harm to no one, saps wake up and go catch real criminals out there....

      Matthew - 2013-07-09 10:05

      Metro not Saps

      Matthew - 2013-07-10 08:58

      @ Missmizz: In General i would agree with you. But Metro is actually worse =/ they're even more useless. they're about as useful as a willy flavoured lolipop =/ But apart from that,like you say: Same cr@p coming from the same people,just a different day,thats all =/

  • Paul Van Niekerk - 2013-07-09 09:35

    Look at all the facts first. Just because he is blind does not allow him to be above the law.

      Claudette Blankenberg - 2013-07-09 09:55

      He is earning an honest living, for heavens sake have some compassion. Why don't the police deal with all the drug dealers or is the way they make their living okay!!

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-09 14:12

      Are there any independent witnesses that saw the police break his guitar? Apart from the wife of the criminal I mean? It seems odd to me that the police would do this in front of so many witnesses, I'm struggling to believe it.

  • MikeStevens - 2013-07-09 09:36

    I love the comment made by the person taking the video "Yes! F!@#ing C@nts". Typical though, 7 cops to drag away a blind man, it really is brutal...

  • JennaN - 2013-07-09 09:36

    Oh how i hate anything to do with government, poor man trying to make an honest living by playing guitar... at least he is not raping, steeling and murdering...oh wait that is the polices job... bloody disgusting pigs!

      Jay Kganyago - 2013-07-09 12:22

      Tell me Maka, when people violated Apartheid laws like Group Areas Act, the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act, the Immorality Act - were they also "dishonest" and in the wrong?

  • Pieter Mynhardt - 2013-07-09 09:40

    nothing brutal about it. imagine you have a shop there next to him? what about their rights? police just doing their jobs. if you wanna see police brutality google rodney king. this is the saps - go peacefully. just because he is blind does that make him more equal ??????

      Mya Schultz - 2013-07-09 11:04

      Yes, but he is blind, and was being pulled along too fast. He doesn't seem to be resisting, but rather trying to find his footing. Imagine being unable to see a thing and being pulled so quickly through a crowd like that. Undignified for his condition. Just because extreme violence lives, doesn't make lesser incidences ok....

      Zumba - 2013-07-09 11:36

      Mya you assume he became blind a day or two ago. I am sure he is comfortable with walking and not being able to see where he is going.

  • Darryl Maze - 2013-07-09 09:40

    PATHETIC Metro police and cops. 7 os so of you to arrest and innocent blind man while there are more serious crimes happening. You cops are cowards. This is just typical of the brutality of SA cops. They go for weak targets but are cowards to go after real criminals. DISGUSTING

      Schalk W Burger - 2013-07-09 10:41

      I agree that the police shouldn't use excessive force but did this guy cooperate with the police or not. Had he gone with them they wouldn't have use force. But so many times I have seen idiots trying to fight the cops and get injured. If he had complied with the police he would probably been out that same evening but to resist he only cause himself a lot of grief. One cop could have arrested him and use a lot more force to get him in the van. There are rules and by starting to enforce it crime will be taken care off. I have seen it in our town years ago when the police start enforcing the petty crime laws the mayor crime also took a dive.

      Jay Kganyago - 2013-07-09 12:15

      @Maka: "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal" - Martin Luther King. Are you a stuck record, you have posted the same comment 100 times in this thread. We get it, he broke the law. But now tell me, as a human being, if the law makes sense to you when it serves to brutalize a blind man merely singing to try support his family.

  • kitty2wp - 2013-07-09 09:40

    I wish the police would be around when i'm at the bus terminus holding onto my my bag for dear life so it doesn't grabbed again. There are dodgy dudes crawling the streets of Cpt, a blind illegal busker i'd choose any day!

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-07-09 09:42

    A harmless blind man,,,

      Marianne Jacobsz Kapp - 2013-07-09 11:14

      @ Maka Drama, as did the police by breaking his guitar. The police must also act within the confines of the law.

      Jay Kganyago - 2013-07-09 12:06

      @Maka The purpose of the law is to serve and protect people, not to harass and assault innocent men. A blind man was just singing to support his family - have you got no humanity. Laws are made by people and can be changed by people when they are not serving to protect anymore but to harass.

  • Natascha Eales - 2013-07-09 09:42

    disgustng!!!!

  • Megan Choi - 2013-07-09 09:44

    I heard that he didn't even see it coming!

      Yeu Chicks - 2013-07-09 17:12

      You're being silly Megan!

  • Aubrey Kloppers - 2013-07-09 09:45

    Best "Gangham" video EVER!

      Andrew Selous - 2013-07-09 09:52

      lol,at least they did not..skop,skop,skop...

      Aubrey Kloppers - 2013-07-09 10:08

      @ Andrew, you can't be Selious

  • Leonardo Hendricks - 2013-07-09 09:46

    We are so quick to jump on the bandwagon to disgrace our police officer and officials for just doing there jobs. Now, I am not saying there are not bad offiacls out there. But I really can't see in this video an man-handeling or even abuse from the officials. There is a time and place for everything and Mr Lunga Goodman Nono have his time and space to play. We can't just bend the rules cause we feel like it or when it fits us. I am sorry for what happened to you Mr Lunga but in this instance I believe we are wrong for blaming the police for just doing there job.

      davids5070276 - 2013-07-09 09:52

      I agree with you 100%

      Marlene De Beer - 2013-07-09 10:05

      but there are way more serious crimes being committed every minute now we have 7 officers to deal with one blind man something wrong here

      Johan Holtzhausen - 2013-07-09 10:11

      For sure Leonardo. Nobody say that he can not earn a living and he is given the opportunity to do so. However, he did not stick to the rules for months, verbally abused the Metro Police. Maybe the rules must be changed, but these Police guys only did their job and at the time and it was the right thing to do. All these people critisising the Police: next time a street vendor starts hanging his rugby jerseys in front of your driveway to earn a living, don't phone the Cops.

      Marianne Jacobsz Kapp - 2013-07-09 11:20

      Absolutely. Everyone must act within the confines of the law, including the police. Had they taken him in and fined him, they would have been doing their job, but by breaking his guitar, they acted outside the confines of the law, and we desperately need our police to be a force we can trust and be proud of, not a force that damages property or drags people behind vehicles. We need to know that our police force adheres to the rule of law as well so that we can trust and respect them.

      CJ Van Wyk-Wiid - 2013-07-09 12:41

      I agree with Leonardo about the blaming game, the Metro police did their work, it is in the manner that they did that is offensive and the fact that personal property was damaged. Also, we are not entirely objective, as we are only seeing the one side of the story here.....

      Wilmarie van Heerden - 2013-07-09 22:32

      Yes, but to damage his guitar? Where will a blind busker with a family raise the money for a new guitar? And if he can't buy a new guitar, how will he care for his family? This is how thieves are "made"!

  • Shiven Gopi - 2013-07-09 09:46

    Lets be honest,the police are out of hand. How many incidents have we seen in the last few years to prove this. We civilians have no respect for the police and they give us no reason to trust them.7 policeman to arrest 1 busker?? Iv seen worse 10 policeman escorting 1 guy cause he was fighting with his wife. Go catch some real criminals.

  • Lauren Blossombud Cupido - 2013-07-09 09:51

    omw this is heartbreaking doesnt the metro police has better work and crime work to do :( they are pathetic the family plays music for a living ! what is this world comming to :(

  • Israel Levi - 2013-07-09 09:51

    South african pig service i spit on you dirty scoundrels

      Peejay MacLane - 2013-07-09 10:00

      Its not SAPS members but Cape Town Metro police and they are under the DA mayoral authority

  • Stanton Clarke - 2013-07-09 09:52

    See nothing wrong with what the police did. The man received repeated warnings before. Sympathises, go and stuff yourselves!

      Claudette Blankenberg - 2013-07-09 09:59

      How dare you display a photo of Madiba and be so ruthless!! Please change your profile pic to Rob Mugabe - you idiot!!

      Alicia Riddles - 2013-07-09 13:41

      Stanton, the police need to catch the real serious offenders, this man is not one of those.

      Yeu Chicks - 2013-07-09 17:14

      Rather you change your profile pic to Claudette Blankenberg, why do you want him to change to someone else. Why not to you since you know your reasons?

  • Israel Levi - 2013-07-09 09:52

    Leonard they cant catch real criminals, tney too fat n lazy to do that. Instead they harrass dagga smokers n illegal immigrants for performance stats

      Aubrey Kloppers - 2013-07-09 10:07

      I take it you are a dagga-smoker and an illegal immigrant. Good luck with that...

      Israel Levi - 2013-07-09 10:29

      Shame aubrey are u one the pigs

      Yeu Chicks - 2013-07-09 17:15

      I take it Aubrey you are a cop!

  • Ashley Loynes - 2013-07-09 09:53

    Ag please man. Go catch some real criminals, not a man trying to make an honest living!

      Mike Clery - 2013-07-09 14:41

      That's the problem in SA - everyone thinks that "minor" laws like speed limits, red lights and stops signs can be ignored, and the police "must go catch some real criminals" .....

  • Josh Monk - 2013-07-09 09:57

    Seriously people, he has had several warnings, has been known to be verbally abusive. He is being 'dragged' because he is not going to the van peacefully. Just because he is blind does not change anything. If you are warned time and again that you are breaking the law, and yet decide to ignore such warnings, then the law will come down on you. At such time, instead of trying to pull back, follow the instruction and deal with this civilly. At such time, should force be used then you can complain. The metro cops are just trying to do their jobs, and more than likely there have been complaints against him (probably from the residents around him, tired of the music, and it being there when it shouldn't) and they are doing what they are supposed to.

      Josh Monk - 2013-07-09 10:03

      And to the point of it being a lesser crime, you cannot fight crime while trying to evaluate which are lesser crimes. To fright crime you must fight crime (as in anything against the law). Mayor Giuliani of New York proved that, when he insisted on attacking all crime with the same ferocity, thus brining New York's crime to its knees while he was in office

      Angeline Steyn - 2013-07-09 10:13

      So why not do something about the nuisances at robots then?????? Seriously!!!!!!

      Theuns Kruger - 2013-07-09 18:01

      I agree. He is blind, not deaf, and should respect the city's by-laws like everyone else should, he is not above the law. But I also think the cops should have a bit of discretion when apprehending lawbreakers. Violence should only be used as a last resort, not the first.

  • Thebe Alec Motshwadira - 2013-07-09 10:02

    Overreacted i think. And its not like the old man had a gun on him... Idiots probably even used pepper spray

  • Nelwamondo Ntendeni - 2013-07-09 10:03

    Srsly our police officers are abusing their powers everyday and its becouse they hv been given the power to do so , i dnt blv dat such cases must be investigated if de r cctv at de streets bt only take a decision 'pay the victims' and clean yo angry and jealous police officers ,WE ARE SCARED OF OUR OWN POLICE. Dis country is becoming a living hell

  • Mohamed Feroz - 2013-07-09 10:03

    An innocent man that is blind yet trying to earn a living by playing music , How much wrong could he have done ? Like really ? If you stop a man like that then I would like to see you put a stop @ every corner as every robot ! Also 7 officers against a blind man ...We have lost all our morals in life and in society

  • Amatambo - 2013-07-09 10:05

    Oh-my! Oh, WHAT HEROES these cops are that they need at LEAST three to protect themselves against a handicapped person posing a threat to their safety while singing, trying to earn a living - oh, don't forget, he was also taking up too much space and obstructing traffic, wasn't he? Yes, BRAVO to all the HEROES who are more interested in arresting innocent people instead of patrolling the streets and catching car thieves, armed robbers, rapists, etc - I SPIT on such trash as these so-called lawmen. But then, the majority of police today are criminals themselves, aren't they?

  • CJ Van Wyk-Wiid - 2013-07-09 10:07

    I really honestly hope that the time and effort taken to remove an innocent man from the street, trying to earn money, is taken to arrest and remove the real criminals from society! He did not steal or beg and yet....

  • Janine Van De Venter - 2013-07-09 10:08

    Really! Go and arrest some real criminals there are plenty .. Have you ever....

  • Rampant - 2013-07-09 10:11

    By laws are to be adhered to, however, how the authorities go about enforcing these bylaws are questionable. If the officials are incompetent, they must be dealt with accordingly. If the Busker has been injured or his guitar has been damaged, the authorities must make good.

  • Tony Cox - 2013-07-09 10:11

    actually I couldn't give a stuff about the so-called 'law' this is harassment of the worst kind...thewre should be a 'law' where we can drag the bloody bastard law-makers off to chooky because of non-delivery and the many evils they themselves perpetrate through lack of care/efficiency/integrity and almost a daily exercise of corruption in all government departments...so easy to drag a poor, blind singer away, useless swines...

  • Rejjn Sabastiann S - 2013-07-09 10:13

    how is it even possible that this sort of behavior is even tolerated? Disgusting is what this is and I blame the government completely for allowing anyone in uniform to abuse the 'power' they have . This man was earning his money honestly and the treatment this poor individual received should be left for the rapist's, child molesters, those that commit murder and the other scum that are allowed to roam our streets!! Through destroying his guitar (his only means of income) he has now gone from being a busker to being just another bum on the streets!!! REVOLTING!!!!!!

  • Royston Schuller - 2013-07-09 10:15

    Got no other work to do, Metro cops? Other than mistreating a blind busker??? 4 5 6!!!

  • Hemlock - 2013-07-09 10:16

    What a bunch of low life thugs. I hope you rot in hell bastards! A blind man who cannot protect himself.......and 7 thugs. How disgusting! This country has become a sewer !

  • randomhero6661 - 2013-07-09 10:19

    Why break the guitar?

  • Mandy Michael - 2013-07-09 10:22

    How disgusting!!!! Why don't you patrol the parade where our students get mugged and attacked on their way to school and back. Do something constructive!!!!!!!

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-09 14:18

      Geez you are never happy are you? Even when the police ARE doing their jobs then you still complain!

  • Susan Gunning - 2013-07-09 10:24

    the SAPS have outdone themselves once again...what a disgrace you are!!! his only livelyhood destroyed by "officals" i hope they get their disiplinary hearing and to repair or buy a new guitar for the man

      Kishen Maharaj - 2013-07-10 09:44

      You don't know the difference between SAPS and metro,are you so dum lady

  • Clifford van Heerden - 2013-07-09 10:26

    Just another show of how the privilidged use their power to subdue innocent people who are just trying to earn a non criminal living to support themselves and their families. To show support against this type of oppression, e-mail fightcityofcapetownoppression@webmail.co.za

  • Karl Reed - 2013-07-09 10:26

    The ANC is going to LOVE this one

  • Kelepile Thaganyane - 2013-07-09 10:27

    Under DA Government that is exactly what u will get. They will continue to attack the poor and vulnerable. Please don't do a mistake of voting DA again.

      Morne Botha - 2013-07-09 10:37

      You are a racist for making a commend like that. we need to look to the future of this country and we need to get crime out of the way.he is blind so what the law is the law . people need to stop complaining about the police and start helping to cleanup the law . i think the reason why the cops is so negative is that when they do there job people moan when they don't people moan. we will never get out of this crime if people like you keep saying DA,ANC bla bla . stop it.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-09 10:43

      Stop talking crap. Metro cops in other parts of the country under so-called cANCer 'rule' is the same. Brutal and corrupt. Who trains these dogs? Catch a wake-up.

  • Christina Setloboko - 2013-07-09 10:36

    that's what they know best, terrorizing harmless citizens, but they fear real criminals nxa.

  • Kelepile Thaganyane - 2013-07-09 10:36

    That is DA for U. If U vote DA U vote for apartheid!!!

      Al Loots - 2013-07-09 10:39

      Crap. Who trained them?

      Morne Botha - 2013-07-09 10:40

      Ag shame the word apartheid it is not very difficult to say do you know any other words ?

      Rory Deans - 2013-07-09 15:21

      Pathetic trying to bring this rubbish into this debate!

  • Pennelope Prinsloo - 2013-07-09 10:37

    Do not like the swearing on the video...

  • Stefan Visser - 2013-07-09 10:38

    pigs

  • Heidi Martin - 2013-07-09 10:38

    Yeah...our police officers....always in the news for the wrong reasons - only in SA

  • Ray de Beer - 2013-07-09 10:44

    I've seen this guy playing on numerous occasions. No matter what he said to Police officers, total disregard for a disabled person by fit, sighted policemen is NOT on. JP Smith must be accountable for this.

  • David Pena - 2013-07-09 10:45

    How disgusting!!! How is he supposed to make money now???? He wasn't hurting anyone, stealing anything or murdering anyone!! What is his family going to do?? Who is going to buy him a new guitar? Those Metro cop bastards should have their salaries taken for a few months and that money should be given to that HONEST man who makes a living by entertaining. The only crime committed was assault by the metro cops!!