Ex-MP's son attacked at rugby - report

2012-10-13 14:43

Johannesburg - Former DA MP Douglas Gibson's son allegedly was attacked by a policeman outside the FNB Stadium in Soweto, the Saturday Star reported.

Gibson's son, Donald, and friends were at the Test between the Springboks and New Zealand last Saturday when the incident happened, according to the report.

"While waiting in the car park, a police van pulled up. Several men climbed out. Then the door of the van just fell off and there was a roar of laughter from bystanders," Gibson told the newspaper.

"People [including Donald] were laughing and taking pictures as they tried to put the door back on. It was all good-natured."

Gibson told the Saturday Star one of the men pointed at his son and said "I know where you live".

Donald told the man he would not put the photos on social networking sites Facebook or Twitter.

The man then punched Donald between his jaw and his ear.

"[Donald] fell on the back of his head. People around him thought that he was dying," Gibson said.

Donald had been in the intensive care unit at a Johannesburg hospital since the incident.

  • Omnivore - 2012-10-13 14:50

    And? Wheres the rest of this story? Whats official police comment? Has anyone been charged?

      jason.children - 2012-10-15 10:55

      Its typical of News24 to leave all the basic Journo 101 stuff out. Not sure who writes these pieces but the lack of investigation and follow up work is shocking.

      amanda.victor.92 - 2012-10-15 11:18

      Notice the white fist picture, so it must be black policemen then.

  • rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-10-13 14:50

    Where is the policeman? Is he in Jail? Beat the mo fo between his head and jaws too.

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-13 14:58

    Cops or THUGS? Cut the bastard!

  • - 2012-10-13 14:59

    Sad. Made worse by a headline that attempts to make it look like it was a politically motivated attack.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 12:39

      The policeman is without doubt an Anc member. A disgrace that the police service is used to employ unemployable cadres, members of the police should not be politically aligned at all.

  • michael.bushes.7 - 2012-10-13 15:00

    LMFAO @ " Then the door of the van just fell off" Seriously, everyones getting murdered or assaulted or raped. Us the ordinary man in the street, politicians getting abducted and murdered, even our superstars are getting killed eg: lucky dube and corrie sanders. What a sick country we live in. How dare people criticise those that emigrate.

      JamesMWood - 2012-10-13 16:37

      Trickle trooper, he already has leaves numbnuts, his name ~ bushes?

      smile.fication - 2012-10-13 19:11

      trickle trooper - you should leave, refugees from the congo must go back where they come from.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 12:45

      The police is without doubt the biggest enemy of the public, the way they take their frustrations out on the public. If a policeman does not want to do his work and behave properly nothing is stopping him from resigning and get another job where he can sit all day long counting his fingers.

  • tamryn.andraos - 2012-10-13 15:06

    This is shocking,i would love to hear firstly the cops reasons on approaching the guys and secondly what grounds he thought he could punch someone in the face,as a complete contradiction, he has been hired by SAPS to protect ctizens from criminal and absurd behaviour,not enforce it....hmmmmmm

  • juanita.vanrooyen.98 - 2012-10-13 15:07

    Brutal bastard, thinks his uniform is a licence to use his fists

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-13 15:11

    A law unto themselves! Shocking. Put the photo of them all on the front page of ecery newspaper nation wide,then fire the lot!!!!

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-13 15:16

    @majwahra: talk properly man!

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-10-13 15:39

      The alpha male of the troop gets nominated? Doesn't it just depend on his skill at looting?

  • JohnDough - 2012-10-13 15:20

    The people that were there should plaster all the social media available with the pictures that were taken.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-13 15:42

      Damn-lets club in for a billboard!

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-10-13 15:21

    Seems police are becoming more brazen and violent. Foook him up no matter the badge. Piece of excrement.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-13 15:24

    Typical police action - rather attack a white as they are soft targets.

      lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-10-13 16:56

      It was a white cop who punched a boy, Notrax(stupid ass)

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-13 15:25

    Then concentrate on what you doing or you will stuff it up again!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-13 15:33

    I would have laughed too if that happened in front of me.thank God i was not there and the sickness of our police force is deterorating indeed.

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-10-13 15:47

    Wish him a speedy recovery!! How professional are the Cops in Australia,New Zealand..(watch DSTV Recruits or THE FORCE)

  • PGPops - 2012-10-13 15:54

    Our thoughts are with you Donald - get well soon. I look forward to our judicial system pulling this thug out of the police force.

      pws69 - 2012-10-13 15:55

      All 4 are guilty. It is scum like this that make it tough for good cops like Jannie Odendaal and Abel Twala.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 15:59

    Who gave the instruction 'punch to kill'!

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-13 16:33

      LOL! nice one.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-13 16:01

    i just want to be a policeman-idiot so that i can assault bystanders for LAUGHING

  • frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-10-13 16:35

    omonaija - October 13, 2012 at 15:10 Why would you want to give someone a beating for calling you what you so obviously are? On second thoughts, I don't think you can give anyone a beating except maybe your long suffering girlfriend and maybe you kids (heaven forbid that you were actually aloud to breed). Oh, and the funny part of a van door just randomly fall off is just another testament of your ilk not being able to maintain anything made on earth. What a chop!!

  • zeepolar - 2012-10-13 16:36

    these racist white people here on news24 thought the cops were black.hahaha. the racist comments at the beginning died out when they found out that this donald dude was beaten by one of his own. i swear, i am not one to have racist tendencies, but the racism from white people oon this site always makes me wonder why i even bother trying to get along with them when they think we are all the same anyway. racists!!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 16:52

      This is true but it makes you wonder why we so quickly thought it was a black cop and then again the white cops must be so stressed by what they have to deal with every day..don't get me wrong I don't condone this type of thuggery at all whether its a white cop or a black cop!White cops don't take kindly to people laughing at them ask any cop throughout he world but it still serves to remind us how brutalized are people in this country and when things get out of hand it will all be the cANCer's fault.Whites as hinted at in this white cops attitude are boiling over and getting ready for something quite bad methinks!

      zeepolar - 2012-10-13 16:57

      and what do the white cops have to deal with everyday??? coz whatever u will say next, bear in mind that black cops went through the same, if not worse, during apartheid. South Africa has been messed up by its past and now by its present coz we keep making the same mistakes

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-13 17:04

      Zeepolar, please say apartheid again, pretty please! The anc and the black peoples only excuse for everything!

      rontheogre - 2012-10-13 17:16

      "South Africa has been messed up by its past and now by its present coz we keep making the same mistakes". Now THAT is a fact that we all need to take to heart.

      Michelle Mimi van Zyl - 2012-10-13 17:50

      Black, Pink, Green, White doesnt matter what colour this person was.. whats wrong is wrong? It is his free will to take a photo wherever he pleases and he did it in good faith. Things shouldn't have spiralled to the policeman hurting this poor guy. And to some ignorant people, yes you can end up in ICU from a shot in the face, and it doesnt have anything to do with the fact that you come from a Rural area, thats your own Indaba, you can get out there its in your own hands no one elses!

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-13 18:31

      @Zeepolar - Just check out the excuses above? Now they want to blame the whole situation on stress caused by blacks.Can you believe these people? Soon they will blame blacks for making the moon come up at night. I used to be like you (try to get along ) until i heard a white friend of mine whom i had known for 4 years saying something nasty about me behind my back.Dude thought i had left the office and was busy making fun of me and using racial slurs with other whites.He did all these because he was jealous that I was his boss.He even made fun of my family ,i mean who sinks that low???? This is one good pretender who deceived me for 4 good years and made me believe he was more of a brother than a friend.If someone who i thought was a friend could do this to me how much more a stranger?? I have stopped fooling myself and stopped trying to get along.I treat everyone of them in a decent manner but i no longer have anyone of them as a close friend as i can no longer trust them to be genuine.This only applies to the ones in SA though.That being said i don't hate them or wish them evil ,i just don't trust them. You must understand that racism is part of their upbringing and as such can not be cured .Even if BEE or crime didn't exist they will still hate blacks. They were born like this and will go to their graves like this.It is sad though that many of them are also passing the hate to their younger generation.The rainbow nation is fake ,May GOD help SA!

      sipho.dlamini.75685 - 2012-10-14 15:01

      @ omanaija-you are spot on on what you say about whites.they are born and raised to be racist they know it.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 14:22

      @Amonaija - You should not classify all whites as being so devious as your ex friend, they're definitely not like that, forgive him and forget. I heard Indians making jokes about blacks many times, but when they come face to face with blacks they call them brother - isn't that two face?.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 16:44

    Im sick and tired of psycopaths wearing a badge and hurting children unjustly.If they did it to my son ,it wud be b FN WAR,no matter what the consequences.Remember ,what i believe in overrides any fear or threat out there!

  • George - 2012-10-13 17:07

    Another civil suite against the minister of police (lack of capitals intentional). Hold them criminally liable. The police are there to protect, no matter what the provocation. All the best to the Gibson family during this difficult time.

  • warren.mark.92 - 2012-10-13 17:27

    As bad as this sounds,that boy deserved it,there was no need to laugh out loud clearly disrepecting the saps ,and on top of it take pics

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-13 18:39

      Well Said

      archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-14 14:07

      Are you insane? No, wait, don't answer that. There is NO EXCUSE for the assault on the Gibson make. None at all. Your Rainbow Nation is SUPPOSED TO BE A DEMOCRACY. The people that committed this assault should be drummed out of the force (if they really are police) then criminally charged and imprisoned. If their commanding officer does not abide by those principles he should be dismissed and charged as well.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-13 17:28

    The problem is that there is no respect for our police. There must be more to thjis story. The country is full of hooligans and no one is assisting the police.

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-13 19:57

      We do not have policemen in south africa and banana republic as a whole.who must we assist as people?help yourself!!!

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-13 19:57

      We do not have policemen in south africa and banana republic as a whole.who must we assist as people?help yourself!!!

      archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-14 14:09

      @stewartcrowkamp: RESPECT IS EARNED!!! No respect for hooligan thugs in or out of uniform. They are a disgrace and should be drummed out of the police and criminally charged.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-13 17:41

    an icu for being punched in a face ? jeez, they should try growing up in rural areas

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-13 18:38

      It is all the un organic food they eat.They can never be tough without using steroids.They talk the talk but can't take the punch.

      Adil Smit - 2012-10-13 19:03

      He has a skull fracture and his brain has been injured. Life seems to have so little value.

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-10-13 19:37

      @onimaja I am pretty sure you are used to getting smacked in the head.

      archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-14 14:11

      @omo: hey there, big boy - I eat organic foods - care to visit during your much mentioned travels - we can talk about taking the punch then? I'll even buy the first pint - doubt you will be up for the second but hey, please visit.

  • howard.ware.98 - 2012-10-13 18:04

    @omonaija. They laughed because the police come from zero training and most have not been vetted for criminal records...... It is time you take your racist comments and disolve, the reason the country does not go forward is because you harp on the past. no one says the past was correct, but while yo dwell in the past you can not move forward...... If the cops are id10ts due to lack of training, don't blame the public for laughing, rather the goverment for failing the poor police by not trsining them and making them loof the fool. What ever the incident, the time has come to stop blaming colour and rather look at incompetence.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-13 18:17

    Any statement from the police?

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-13 18:19

    Our cops are good for a laugh in any situation - what a bunch of clowns/thugs they are.

  • ben.l.johnson.7 - 2012-10-13 18:43

    Omonaija, thanks for saying the things you did. It just proves that one cannot have a point of view in this country for fear of verbal retaliation. Sad actually....

      Watkykj - 2012-10-13 19:27

      Aaah shame,,would you like a tissue for your issue?

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-13 18:48

    Good 4 nothing moron cop

  • stefan.erasmus.756 - 2012-10-13 18:59

    Nobody deserve it. Dumb ass.

  • Shane Kelly - 2012-10-13 19:05

    bunch of f#>»ing cowards

  • Omnivore - 2012-10-13 19:17

    What a cruel thing to say... This man has nothing to do with marikana.

  • phuti.l.ngoepe - 2012-10-13 19:25

    Icu from a single punch. He won't survive a day as black man in the townships

      Watkykj - 2012-10-13 19:28

      His head hit the curb moron!

      phuti.l.ngoepe - 2012-10-13 19:32

      Ja ja jabu or sipho would have slept it off and be digging at marikana the next day. To much woolies I say

      Shane Kelly - 2012-10-13 19:36

      Pguti have you had to much to drink, what a dumb ass thing to say

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-13 19:49

      Come on!!they are wasting our punch to a man then later icu.I am a woman but one punch is like beaten by an ant!!

      glors.phuti - 2012-10-13 19:49

      Come on!!they are wasting our punch to a man then later icu.I am a woman but one punch is like beaten by an ant!!

      phuti.l.ngoepe - 2012-10-13 19:55

      Ey I feel sorry for kid, belive me I do, what I'm saying is I've seen people being pistol whipped by cops in shebeens and mind you they still walked out without any news being reported. He'll be fine

      Johan Enever - 2012-10-14 07:15

      whats with the racist comment? considering u have seen ppl in shebeens being hit over the head and walking out of there, maybe that just proves the term DOMKRAG lol get real u dumb retard. the issue is not about you or your uneducated non-ambitious family at the shebeen, but its about criminal police officers and a innocent victim. maybe that retard policeman is related to the shebeen idiots that get smacked on the head. let justice be served oh and to that so called police officer, come pick on a real man then ill make you my bitch. stupid retard. drop me a message or even your force number is good enough then ill teach you a lesson. i say put all the saps that was present, on trial and suspend them. maybe even do a drug test. once again, retards doing nothing but thats our law enforcers lol

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 12:50

      What are you trying to say?. A police has no right to hit anyone. The policeman is the thug here not the boy - don't be stupid or to be macho please.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 12:52

      @Watkykj - No you're the moron here.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 21:33

    If i reside in a country,does that make me the property of the people in power,to do as they please,no ways!The distorted mentality of an ignorant few is to command respect through violence,intimidation,bullying and abuse because they feel that the citizens are at their 'disposal' for this sadistic and oppressive behaviour.And it has gotten so out of hand that a simple act of laughter by a chìld turns into a brutal life destroying incident.Whats the diffrence bet apartheids leaders and todays leaders?Then we wana know why the criminals behave the way they do.Newtons 3rd law of reletivety:every action creates an equal and opposite reaction.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 21:44

      My mind,body and soul belong to me and God,not to no country,institution or minister.They can riddle me with all the bullets in their arsenal,but theyl never change what i stand for!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 21:46

      My mind,body and soul belong to me and God,not to no country,institution or minister.They can riddle me with all the bullets in their arsenal and whatever else,but theyl never change what i stand for!

  • Thomas Barry - 2012-10-13 21:44

    Die polisie is veronderstel om ten alle tye professioneel op te tree, maak nie saak wat die onderstandighede is nie. Al word daar gevloek of skel ,gelag of selfs fotos geneem, daar is beter maniere om n situasie te ontlont, geweld isi altyd die antwoord nie. die arme seun verdien nie om aangerand te word net omdat hy gelag het nie. Dit sou goed gewees ht as die foto geadverteer was op die netwerkte, ten minste sou die staat dit aangewend het om n nuwe voertuig te koop vir daardie eenheid.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 12:58

      Die slagoffer moes vir die polisieman duidelik laat vertaan het dat hy van voornemens was om die video aan die openbare netwerke te gee, dan sou hy n ander deuntjie gesing het.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-13 21:49

    Of course the police will say it wasn't them, but, as they were on the scene, why didn't they put a stop to it? The odds are, given what we've come to expect from the force lately, it probably was one of their members. From the reports I've read, race didn't come into it, but racists like Omonaija have obviously drawn their own conclusions.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 22:21

    As a Muslim,id have a much more enjoyable time having a cup of coffee with a US Marine,then a South African policemen.At least a Marine fights with honour!

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 12:59

      I agree !. The SA police has no honour.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-10-14 07:51

    omonaija.Your name says it all.You are retarded.People like you is bringing this country down.The young man was lucky he did not get shot by the barbarian policeman.Go drown yourself.

      gngaleka - 2012-10-14 13:35


  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-10-14 07:57

    Thats Kasi life,where the people are more afraid of the cops than criminals.guess the police training hasnt improved if he is gonna beatup a person infront of witness with camera's.oh after all thats wat dey used to,jst do as they please.

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-10-14 11:21

    The patience of the competent police force... Amandla! Oh where to?

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 13:00

      Are you drunk?.

  • phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-10-14 12:42

    I have photo,s on my phone of a fat black police a Kaptain in the police uniform sleeping on duty plus one that sleep moth open with his 9mm on the table next to him I am going to send it all over. We must stand together and take this type of thugs head on and turn their own guns on them they are a disgraze in uniform. Viva the old regime police.

      gngaleka - 2012-10-14 13:33

      You have them only now thin white nobody, they have been circulated 5 years ago already

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 13:04

      @Gcinikhaya - No need for name calling please , are you a policeman.? What is wrong being white twat?

  • ikarolia1 - 2012-10-14 15:47

    The \Honourable\ captain should be punching the daylights of criminals,oh I forgot criminals shoot.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 13:06

      They don't, they go for the soft targets.

  • steve.a.austen.3 - 2012-10-14 15:54

    Eish - an article that brings out the worst in all of us! And the winner of Mampara of the Post is OMONAIJA - run for Commissioner of Police buddy, you certainly display the statutory feeble educational requirements that the last two Commissioners have had. Take yourself, any offspring that you may have produced (God help the planet if you have procreated!), all of your illegally, ill gotten and untaxed gains, and get outa of RSA. Parasite!! a tick on Cele's sphincter........

      jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-10-14 19:37

      with a name like that, he sounds like a foreigner. Hmmm - makes one think.

  • John - 2012-10-14 18:58

    It is a real pitty that so many of you sit in front of your computers all day and talk trash about other people. you dont even know the whole story yet. Get off your ass and do something about the cops you talk so ill of. Leave the racist rubish for a change. I am an ex cop and still proud of what they do.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 13:08

      You're proud of them harassing and attacking innocent members of the public?.

  • jacqui.c.baumgardt - 2012-10-14 19:35

    why are the cops giving lifts to civilians in state vehicles? Maybe I should actually call them uncivilians. But seriously, the cop needs to be disciplined for both using state resources for private ends as well as for failure to carry out his duty of protecting the public. I want to support the police because I think they get a raw deal sometimes, and then this kind of thing happens that erodes that support.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 14:09

      I've noticed cops using police vans to take their families shopping, i have no doubt that the vehicles are used as taxis during weekends.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-10-15 09:01

    Hope the young man recovers without any serious complications.

  • takudzwa.mugwangi - 2012-10-15 09:32

    Cops tend to forget just how important it is not to make enemies out of the public. Their power lies within public trust, and if they lose that ,then they are just a bunch of bullies with guns. I cannot help wondering just what it takes to make it out of the police academy because clearly something is wrong.

      Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 13:11

      They brave because they carry guns, take the gun away and the bravery disappears.

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-10-15 13:19

  • Vlad Wasinsky - 2013-04-08 12:33

    Things like that should not be made a joke off, but on the other hand the policeman had no right to punch the guy, who is a member of the public and must be treated with the necessary respect, seeing it is the public paying his salary. This policeman is not suitable to serve in the police service and should be fired.