Police decline to comment on Hawks case

2013-03-25 12:15
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Johannesburg - The Hawks and the police ministry declined to comment on Monday on allegations of police brutality in Sunnyside, Pretoria, levelled by a Hawks captain.

Ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said he was not aware of the incident and could not comment.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said he could not comment and referred queries to Gauteng spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Times reported on Monday that Hawks captain Cornelius Pettit intended suing the police minister for unlawful arrest.

Pettit, who was arrested earlier this month, claimed he was assaulted by police in custody, not fed, and had R20 000 stolen from him.

Pettit's lawyer Alwyn Griebenow told the newspaper his client was working undercover in Pretoria meeting suspected illegal gold dealers in Sunnyside when police swooped on him.

He and an informant were detained at the Sunnyside police station.

Pettit claims he was treated so badly that he no longer wanted to be associated with the police.

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