R90 000 payout for wrongful arrest

2012-05-15 09:11

Johannesburg - A man who spent 18 months in prison after he was wrongly arrested will be paid R90 000 in damages, according to a report on Tuesday.

Eric Gosa, of Mamelodi, was arrested on 1 December 2008 after police suspected him of being in possession of a stolen car, The Star reported.

When the matter went to court, police admitted that their suspicion was based on the fact that the vehicle's battery was missing, and that Gosa was leaning against the car and looking into it.

Gosa initially wanted R653 000 from Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, but Judge Billy Mothle of the North Gauteng High Court awarded him R90 000.

Mothle acknowledged that Gosa was humiliated when he was unlawfully arrested in front of his neighbours. Gosa also lost his job and his wife left him during his detention.

  • John - 2012-05-15 09:14

    wow 5 grand a month

      leigh.ridgway - 2012-05-15 09:18

      Ja, that's all he gets after spending 18 months in a hell hole AND losing his wife and his job! Shocking!

      winston.mullany - 2012-05-15 09:26

      How sick is that?? I go with ridg01 on this, you still lose your wife and your job!! Come on!!!

      Marion - 2012-05-15 09:53

      Pathetic to say the least, even if he was only a lowly paid labourer he deserves more than that to compensate him for the losses he suffered. He may never find another job now so that 90 000 will not last long.

      Dawood - 2012-05-15 10:14

      IN AMERICA HE WOULD HAVE GOT R900mil...LOL...In America you can sue a cat or can even sue a person for strangely looking at you...weird

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-05-15 10:32

      R90K is way too little, but i guess is also depend on how much he was making before going to jail. i would not ask for anything less than R3m.

      Paul - 2012-05-15 15:43

      Honestly these stupid judges need to go back to school!!! You award a very high punitive amount to deter the Police from doing this in the future you idiot judge!!!! Dont reason in favor of the abusive cops, honestly when are the cops going to stop treating us innocent citizens like criminals when they are not punished for their transgressions!!!! Pay the guy a couple of million and then more people will sue & then maybe the state will fire incompetent & abusive cops for costing the state money...

  • Shanti Shane Carter Cele - 2012-05-15 09:19

    tis is bull..a man loses everythang as in wife and job, after being wrongfully put behind bars for 18 months..he gets compensated with 90 thousand..wat the hell is dat really

      Allen - 2012-05-15 09:35

      Hey Shanti, you're right! The cops that arrested him should be the one's in jail! This wrongful arrest cancer is due to poor policework and non-follow up. They arrest the guy, put him in jail and forget about him! R90K doesn't even come close to appropriate compensation. R1M would be better - at least his wife would come back to him.

  • lucky.evans1 - 2012-05-15 09:24

    90k is nothing after 18months

  • lucky.evans1 - 2012-05-15 09:26

    90k is nothing compared to the 18 month

  • Sharon - 2012-05-15 09:27

    That figure adds insult to injury. Could they even spare it?

  • naeem.dollie - 2012-05-15 09:30

    only R90k!!? Jobless and wife-less? R1m at least

  • Aphiwe - 2012-05-15 09:31

    Nowhere near enough.

  • Quantronium - 2012-05-15 09:32

    This guy deserves 1 Million

  • Mark - 2012-05-15 09:33

    That sucks - I reckon if he was an actuary or a CA the payout would have been more , but then those guys would have been able to afford decent legal counsel. It bites to be poor is the moral of the story.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-15 09:39

    See how the lazyness of our highly paid SAP officials lead our country to just a waste of money on them, he diserved more than that amount of money this poor man.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-15 09:45

    Justice system trying to save face. Showing themselves in a good light.

  • Veronica Khathutshelo Mbobvu - 2012-05-15 09:45

    tjo that is bad they did not even pay him half of the amount that he need what will that money do he lost his job coz of the police officer and the wife too who wil want to marry a former prisoner these sucks realy

  • Koketso - 2012-05-15 09:48

    Only?? This is sad... This guy's life will never be the same, never...

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-15 10:13

      90 000 for 18 month. No job, no home no sorry. Tipickle of our government. They just collecting.

      tshifhiwa.vandermunalisi - 2012-05-15 10:35

      but he is a winner i dont have any doubt in my mind that he stole that car. the problem is the incompetant police officers. what was he doing next to the car that was stolen?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-15 09:53

    The award is plainly a token gesture, the man should have been paid a lot more for the time he was incarcerated

  • Antwahn - 2012-05-15 09:53

    Is this taxable income?

  • Burt.Rabie - 2012-05-15 09:55

    He should have demanded R18mil and the blood of their first born.

  • roodbol - 2012-05-15 09:55

    And that's ALL? R90,000? Really? And the police fat cats take the rest, I presume.

  • ituib - 2012-05-15 09:57

    Was he legally represented? the amount awarded is way too less to what he's entitled to.

  • thami.rapoo - 2012-05-15 10:03

    This judge is maaal u loose ur job n u r given 90g. That's y we have angry society.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-15 10:07

    This judge definitely doesn't know what the poor man has lost or he is covering the bankrupt, goverment expense.

  • Sipho.calvin.m - 2012-05-15 10:09

    R90 000, i think the justice system is humiliating the poor guy further?

  • sibusiso.mgobhozi - 2012-05-15 10:11

    Incane lemali man, he must appeal.

  • Tebogo - 2012-05-15 10:14

    WTF i think 1 million would be ok for his loss but R90k that's bulls**t !!!!!!!!

  • motlatsi.moeketsi - 2012-05-15 10:15

    90K, and we talk about justice for all?

  • sjhuman1 - 2012-05-15 10:15

    only in South Africa.. crooks get 200m a guy who gets arrested wrongfully gets nothing. thats BS!

  • kazzara - 2012-05-15 10:15

    After losing your life,job,wife, they can take that money and stuff it where the sun don`t shine!

  • Manu - 2012-05-15 10:23

    SA justice leaves me confounded yet again. How does a person end up spending 18 months in prison based on "... the vehicle's battery was missing, and that Gosa was leaning against the car and looking into it"? Really? Leaning against your car and looking into it is suspicious behaviour? Millions of car owners do this everyday. Does it mean that in the whole process, from police to prosecutor, there wasn't one intelligent person who looked at the case and said, "This nonsense"?

  • thabisa.mbaba - 2012-05-15 10:28

    Even a million wouldn't be enough...but acceptable. I wonder how many end up in jail serving full sentence with no proof of their innocence... And there is no action against policemen who are responsible for such cases. We become victims of their incompetence...

      Phumezo Hlanganise - 2012-05-15 11:41

      Mandisa even a million its not enough I wonder how many people sentences with out committing any crime because of their stupidity dirty work

  • James - 2012-05-15 10:30

    Dat how goes,what can we do.Sooner or later i will be losing my job as well.why?\nOn 2011/02/14 my 8 weeks pregnant wife got beaten up threatened death by police woman who's case was withdrawn bacause she was about to be promoted soon.\nSince that day i suffered MAJOR DEPRESSION EPISODE until present,lost memories,my wife is depressed,...made accident with my car,lost my diary,no libido etc.\nAccused of killing my colliques.\nAdvise:Stay away from depression as far as u could,coz of dat my life is ruined.I go no life now with 3 kidds....

  • jollet.kubayi - 2012-05-15 10:32

    I feel sorry for Gosa, but the court didn't look at the matter well,this guy was humiliated and the worst of them all, his wife left him, 90 000 is not enough to compensate the loss of a wife,he should have been given the amount he demanded, imagine spending 540 days in prison for doing no wrong!

  • Ted - 2012-05-15 10:35

    Billy goat. To believe that one can pass 'judgment' and award such a paltry sum is beyond me. This chap suffered very close to Job. He lost his face, his wife, his dignity, his job etc. Where is he going from here with that bus fare award? This is further torment to a person who spent 18 months in a territory where he didn't belong, with the scum of this country, away from all natural comforts enjoyed by free people,was exposed to all dangers in prison and obvious psychological suffering for the situation he found himself in. This judge should have an appreciation of both life and numbers. If I was a lawyer, this is a case I would take up for free on appeal. The fella has to get at least 3mio for all he went through especially the deprivation of his freedoms.

  • Saffa in Asia - 2012-05-15 11:02

    Pehaps some law fundi can explain this to us, beats the hell out of me.

  • Phae - 2012-05-15 11:05

    Judge Billy should be charged with dereliction of duty for making this insulting award. Isn't there an Attorney out there willing to take up Eric's case and help him get what he deserves from these incompetent, mafia style police who have ruined his life? So sorry about what happened to you Eric.

      Phumezo Hlanganise - 2012-05-15 11:34

      Phae I agree with you 90 000 its nothing for me will go for a million

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-15 11:17

    The wife and the judge must have been jolling. What kind of wife leaves her man at his time of need? Must've been in it for the bucks

  • nmateke - 2012-05-15 11:22

    Judges again....I'm really starting to worry about SA's judicial system, I know it should not be criticized,bt its a must that it address public interest

  • Johnny - 2012-05-15 11:36

    18 months in jail and he gets R90k. Take 18 months salary from the judge who put him there and add another R300k for his grievance at the least. The man had to sit with murderers and rapists for looking at a cars engine!

      Charlene - 2012-05-15 20:57

      U know what boggles me. Where was his wife when he got arrested and why did she not stand up for him and tell them it is his car and not stolen. that's not a wife that's a B.... If u ask me.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-15 11:59

    I dnt knw y most ppl r suprised here incompetence is always the order of the day in south africa

  • lwazi.mtsolongo - 2012-05-15 12:21

    what the...R90k after all he went through, are you kiddin me.

  • lwazi.mtsolongo - 2012-05-15 12:22

    what the...R90k after what he went through, are you kiddin me.

      soyiselesoyie.mdzinwa - 2012-05-15 23:35

      My bro the state is also letting this guy down I mean 90 000 this is sick wat is this guy goin2 do buy 10 litres of petrol?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-15 12:35

    So this shoddy work is putting innocent people in jail and guilty people walking around in the streets and we gotta pay for it!!! All this money is TAX payers money.... there is no other money coming in....

      britliet.chiwala1 - 2012-05-15 12:51

      For sure its tax payers wat a weird country

  • Ec - 2012-05-15 13:22

    As a child we were taught that we could trust policemen and go to them if weu need help. Now, 20 years later, not even adults harbour even a small proportion of that original idea. Sad but true.

  • ACvanNiekerk - 2012-05-15 15:17

    That is NOTHING. I would appeal and sue for millions. The loss of dignity, risk to life and other constitutional rights that were taken away from him can never be made up for. R90k is F*K*L

  • Shamier - 2012-05-15 15:36

    Will 90k cover the antiretrovirals he will likely now need...

  • sinoxolo.mndende - 2012-05-16 05:55

    Justice system has failed the SA citizens for too long, wonder how many innocent people are doing time because of these incompetent/corrupt so called Law-man

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