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Student charges 8 cops for assault

2011-02-25 14:36

Cape Town - A Johannesburg student has laid charges against eight police officers for allegedly beating him up and leaving him in a jail cell for six hours - all because he momentarily blocked the path of one of the officers while driving.

Graphic design student Ridwaan Essop, 22, from Bruma, said he was on his way to campus last Monday, February 14, when he came to a T-junction in Observatory, Johannesburg.

Essop and the driver of the other car, a police officer, both tried to turn right at the T-junction. Essop said he realised when he tried to turn he “mistakenly frustrated the path” of the policeman.

“I paused in the road to allow him to carry on and immediately raised my right hand to signal him an apology while [mouthing] ‘sorry’.
 
Apology

“Clearly he didn’t accept my apology, spun his wheels and [carried on] as if he was going to collide with my car.

“I raised both my hands and made sure he could see my mouth utter the word ‘sorry’.”

Essop said the driver, who was dressed in civilian clothing, again spun his wheels and then blocked his car.

The policeman then got out of his car and walked over to Essop who thought he was about to be hijacked for the fourth time in his life. He then allegedly slammed his police ID on Essop’s windscreen and tried to pull him from the car, telling Essop he was under arrest.

When he asked why he was under arrest he was told it was for “driving negligently”.

“How was I driving recklessly if I wasn’t the one doing wheel spins [on the road]?” Essop told News24.

The student said when he tried to phone his uncle and tell him about his plight, the officer merely forced him towards the unmarked police car while keeping his hands behind his back.

Soon afterwards, another police officer, also dressed in civilian clothes, joined the other policeman in forcing Essop into their car.

He said the second officer smacked him and tried to take his phone away. Moments later, they were joined by two more officers. Essop believes that one of the first two officers on the scene must have called for back-up and the policemen came from a nearby house where they are stationed.

Shouting and screaming

With his car still idling on the side of the road, all four policemen apparently grabbed the student by his limbs, then let go of his arms, letting his forehead hit the pavement hard.

Essop said all the while he was shouting and screaming but no one came to his aid.

After insisting that he at least lock up his car and phone his uncle, one of the policemen grabbed him by the throat and tried to choked him. He then managed to phone his uncle who heard what was happening and thought his nephew was being hijacked.

Soon, more officers joined in, with one of them allegedly grabbing Essop’s private parts.

“They trapped my limbs between the car’s doors and repeatedly banged the door on me,” Essop said. By this point, his mother Nisha Essop and uncle, Muhammed Essop were on their way to him.

Eventually eight policemen forced him into the Citi Golf. One took his car and drove it to the police station.

Essop spent six hours in a crowded, dirty holding cell at Hillbrow police station.

“It smelled like old blood and there were blankets all over the floor. There was a drug dealer, a car radio thief and a security guard who lost his gun in the cell.

“There were about 10 to 12 people in an eight-by-three-metre cell,” Essop said.

Derogatory statements

The 22-year-old believes the incident is race-related since the officers, who are all black, made derogatory statements about his Muslim-Indian background.

He has since laid charges of assault and unlawful arrest against the eight officers at the Yeoville police station. This Friday Essop laid charges against the policemen at the Independent Complaints Directorate.

Essop is also facing charges of reckless driving and resisting arrest.

Johannesburg police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that charges had been laid against the eight officers, but would not comment further.


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Comments
  • Seperetla - 2011-02-25 14:49

    SOB's!!!

      Ginseng - 2011-02-25 16:19

      This kid was obviously resisting arrest, hence 8 cops showed up. If the kid got out of his car and into the police vehicle, that would take all of 2 minutes? For the police to actually have to physically pick him up to try get into the car he must have been fighting against it pretty hard. "Essop said all the while he was shouting and screaming but no one came to his aid." - If you are under arrest, why are you shouting and screaming? Obviously this aggrevated the police and led to the rough handling. For me if you are under arrest go with it. If you resist (which is pointless) you only have yourself to blame if you get injured during the arrest. The officer even gave him the reason for the arrest (not saying that it was fair, but this kids side of the story sounds like BS). Come guys think for yourselves. Its too easy these days to get the entire public on your side, just call the police racist and everyone supports you.

      jevoixtout - 2011-02-25 17:10

      Rough handling? Grabbing the youngster by the nuts sounds a bit rough to me. The days of plain clothes cops rough handeling the public are gone boet. With all the hi-jackings who knows what or who is arresting you.

      Worldwise - 2011-02-25 18:00

      @Ginseng. Since when is negligent driving an arrestable offence? Were these metro cops or SAPS? There is a major difference.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-02-25 21:30

      @ Ginseng - oh come on! How can you even try to justify it? This is police brutality.. To treat a youngster like this for a small driving violation? I hope these cops get made an example of. Too many of them are criminal cowboys who think a gun and a badge gives them the right to terrorise law abiding citizens. Sign up for the black box on Eblockwatch.. If you get stopped by the police you dial the number and your phone conversation with the officer automatically gets recorded on the server and it dials am emergency number. Make them aware that it is being recorded if they start to get out of hand. You do NOT want to spend any time in the cells!

      Ginseng - 2011-02-25 22:57

      If you people really believe that the cop just got pissed off and called for backup because some kid turned the wrong way then you are very naive. Tell me this, if you had only heard Winnie's story about the traffic assault incident in Jo'burg would you be jumping to her aid and calling for the cops heads, like you are with this case? I doubt it. Instead in Winnie's case you all supported the cops version of the story. At what point do you guys decide who's version of events is right or wrong? I can promise you that the cops version for this incident is very different. Yet you all read this like its fact.

      Worldwise - 2011-02-26 17:29

      @Ginseng. And you know the facts without a doubt? In Winnies case there were only two cops, not eight and she wasn't manhandled at all, never mind dropped on her head. She also wasn't locked up for 6 hours in a filthy cell. The two cases are totally different. I hope the next time you get manhandled and dropped on your head by 8 uneducated thugs with badges, guns and powers of arrest that you will see their point of view and come to their defence.

      U1 - 2011-02-27 14:10

      ginseng, I supposed that you will also defend the thugs who attacked the people in the restaurant? fortunately. it is all on video.

      Zebedi - 2011-02-28 11:19

      Actually these cops were just trying to get suspended on full pay to enjoy a free holiday at taxpayers suspense.

      skopp888 - 2011-03-02 00:01

      GINSENG is a troll. Anyway, "obviously resisting arrest", really? I bet my grandmother's pots you'd try and avoid, or "resist arrest" as far as possible too. Explain how it's obvious. Please, enlighten us. You're obviously well informed on this case, so please tell us what the charge was. When (not if) this happens to you, you'll be sobbing back to your mama instead of talking trash behind a monitor.

  • DEEPS - 2011-02-25 14:51

    matters like this must not be left alone. Essop all the best with your case. and dont let it be.. continue fightin until the matter is resolved. some of SA's SAPS are a bunch of useless racist P I G S

      Ridwaan - 2011-03-01 20:17

      Thankyou for your support. I will continue fighting. I have good people like you and God on my side. I have done nothing to deserve such from those 8 men!

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-25 14:53

    Thats a new for news 24 to mention the race of the cops as being black,normaly it would only be mentioned if they were white,and yes the cops in this country is a discrace

      LBS - 2011-02-25 17:14

      Yes, very difficult to form an opinion about who was really right and who wrong in this case.

  • seri_us - 2011-02-25 14:54

    Its a tough world out there ... don’t look a cop in the eye otherwise there will be trouble ...

      mmonaledi - 2011-02-25 15:20

      yes, you see the police you run the other way. they are meant to protect us but i honestly feel safer when i DON'T see them.

      Brendon - 2011-02-25 15:31

      A criminal state and a police state combined. Freagin great! Arent these supposed to diametrically oppose each other? Between a rock and hard place ne.

  • darquan - 2011-02-25 14:54

    Even if the police dog is acting wrongfully, resisting arest is just looking for trouble. Still, good luck in the case young man. Get these thugs off our streets!

      Telara - 2011-02-25 15:57

      How are you resisting arrest when you're trying to lock your car? How about the women that these bastards have been raping lately, are you going to be hauled off to jail for resisting that too?? These pigs should be in the cells!

      Worldwise - 2011-02-25 18:03

      @Ginseng. If he was illegally arrested, the driving of his car amounts to theft of a motor vehicle. Another charge to lay after the cops are found guilty.

      Ridwaan - 2011-03-01 20:22

      They will always gang up and say a mere student resisted 8 men, what else can they justify for wrong-doing? 8:1?

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:20

      You are technically correct despite wording it a bit too informally (Technically - in the clockwork, mechanical,robot logic sense) - it IS *illegal* (not "looking for trouble")to resist arrest. Just as it is illegal to hang thugs in the streets (but in 1884 it was 100% legal, just saying). But SWIM knows the person in question, and I assure you he hasn't even the heart to kill a fly. He was traveling to his girlfriend's house, with freshly bought roses, on Valentines Day. The guy doesn't even smoke (cigarettes). THis is a LEGIT case. Many aren't, this is. And it was a mission getting a journo to cover this - but the victim's supporters did all they could and as you see, were fortunate to have News24 do it before the end of the month! Respect, to news24 and Lauren Hess.

  • tyronlouw - 2011-02-25 14:56

    disgusting!!!!

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-25 14:57

    Seems the be the norm these day. These dumb idiots wouldn't know courtesy if it hit them in the face! Hope you succeed boy. It's going to be a very long journey but hang in there. They are going to close ranks and try and turn you into the villian. Don't give up!

  • jaypeezulu - 2011-02-25 14:57

    Are we suprised. We are quickly turning into a police state where policemen with inferiority complexes have to beat people up to make themselves feel tough.

      jevoixtout - 2011-02-25 15:17

      Apartheid as I recall it. Just on a grand scale.

  • molefeP - 2011-02-25 14:57

    Above the Law. Watch, nothing will come of this. 20 Years ago, who of us would have dreamt that our revolution would come to this. We have come full circle. Only now, the Police beating us are not white anymore.

      Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-02-25 15:06

      Now the black cops are taking revenge and beating the crap out of the non blacks - duh .

      jevoixtout - 2011-02-25 15:13

      Yip! And the whole bang shoot have forgotten the words of their great leader when released. "I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Spoken by a great man who seems to be forgotten by the very people, in his life time, he liberated.

      peter.weatherall - 2011-02-25 15:17

      MolefeP. Yeah mate its very sad that this is where all of the fighting and struggling has brought us to.very very sad. We're almost powerless and I don't just mean non blacks, all of us!!

      The Bambatha Rebels - 2011-02-25 15:28

      true my friend...but we must not loose hope...it is not too late for us to fix this....fix us....fix the country....fix the people. this can be done and MUST be done.....the alternative is to dire not to fight against Join the Bambatha rebellion today - follow us on twitter as we fight to bring the voice of the people to the ears of our leaders – BAMBATHA_Rebels on twitter - Amandla Ngawethu! bambatharebels@gmail.com

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:30

      Ps. guys... victim was technically "black", the 5-0's too

  • Stylin - 2011-02-25 15:02

    Take them to the cleaners dude!

  • Stylin - 2011-02-25 15:03

    It begs the question " What would Winnie do?"

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:33

      Winnie would hit them with her handbag. What would Zuma do? Take a shower. Malema? Call them agents with white tendencies, and they must use OMO because whites stay white for longer, but blacks dtay black forever... also, he's recommend they eat Nandos instead of McDonuts if they want change

  • Christo - 2011-02-25 15:03

    Cops like these give the few good cops we have a very bad name and lose a lot of trust.

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:34

      ... and give the bad cops we have a very good name

  • Anotherape - 2011-02-25 15:05

    Hold on! That was his side of the story. Was it the truth? Nah, some part maybe. What did the onlookers say - no witnesses? Fisrt get the total story before commenting

      ProudofPink - 2011-02-25 15:19

      Knowing the cops as we do, I doubt the other side of the story is even necessary in order to form an opinion as to who is telling the truth.

      exocist - 2011-02-25 16:29

      TO ANOTHERAPE if you were an onlooker would you have intervened ? would you step forward as a witness if you were there?knowing that they would just accuse you of interfering with their so called justice and would have arrested you too PLEASE GET REAL

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:37

      There were witnesses. It all checks out. If you REALLY care, ping me... we can talk. This is a real case. Or you can join the discussion at this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/104887919590931/

  • BlackPoison - 2011-02-25 15:05

    Resisting arrest against 8 cops?? You have to be joking!!!

      karin.g - 2011-02-25 15:24

      It is one of 2 things: 1. This guy resisted arrest against 8 cops because he is the incredible hulk. 2. The cops are lying. So which one is it???? I bet you the cops are going to say he turned green.

      Ben - 2011-02-25 17:01

      HULK MAD!!!

      Ridwaan - 2011-03-01 20:30

      any intelligent person can comprehend with this

  • Uneducated - 2011-02-25 15:05

    I would appreciate if they do that to me ....Because I will .....then up!!

      workonnet777 - 2011-02-25 19:30

      You are brave hey? Please explain HOW you will F&^&*^up 8 cops??

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:38

      @ workonnet777 I think Uneducated was making a statement. Also, he/she/it is uneducated, so...

  • ji - 2011-02-25 15:07

    with the amount of cases involving corrupt and criminal SAP members in the media lately it looks like there is no difference between the police and the criminals except for the uniform . DISGUSTING , Cele , Selibi`s and the ANC`s legacy .

  • ZACKIE - 2011-02-25 15:08

    theses sum think they above the law crime is out of control as SAPS is too chicken to go after real criminals

  • 50something - 2011-02-25 15:08

    Disguisting - 8 cops against one! Next time ask Winnie to drive with you. I hope you succeed against these pigs.

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:41

      Result: they lost the docket. I kid you not. I can't name the station, but for some reason feel like sing the Fresh prince of ... YO what's it again.,.. of, Yovill? Belville... BelAir! thats it belair

  • degenerate - 2011-02-25 15:16

    What happened to "Protect and Serve"? A clear abuse of power and I hope that they pay for this.

      Firebird - 2011-02-26 09:37

      Add another. Vilolation of your Human Rights.

      Firebird - 2011-02-26 09:38

      Oh and another. Take it to the Equality Court.

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:43

      eish... thet one, she is not wayk yeah ayneemor

  • ProudofPink - 2011-02-25 15:18

    I hope Essop sues the pants off this cop. I agree with Essop, there can be no doubt that this is race related. These arrogant black cops should not be allowed to carry on with impunity. Fire the lot of them. And then they wonder why Bees Roux acted the way he did.

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:47

      Too expensive. And the last thing Govt or even Gauteng wants is bad publicity, so its an almost guaranteed loss. There are hundreds, thousands of cases like this. What to do: UBUNTU. Spread word. Get people to act (peacefully). The Internet is our best friend, and boy oh boy... is it an amazing thing. NOTHING escapes it - unfortunately that includes disinfo and timewasting crap like Angry Birds. But still.

  • KaiinSA - 2011-02-25 15:18

    you wanna add theft to your list of charges as they took your car without your permission.

  • mmonaledi - 2011-02-25 15:19

    so it now takes 8 police officer to arrest one skinny student... gawd help us all.

      workonnet777 - 2011-02-25 19:39

      @nmonaledi - Actually i think the article above said that the first 1 or 2 cops radio for immediate assistance, obviously the other cops responded as they thought their collegues need help fast - the whole thing seems to have gone downhill/out of control from there...

      Ridwaan - 2011-03-01 20:33

      How many does it take to arrest a hardcore criminal?

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:50

      @ 777 - don't say "obviously", unless it's OBVIOUS. They didn't even radio (it's a mistake in the article if it says that). There's a piggy mud pool round the corner of the scene where unmarked's chill out and bathe in mud. The guys that came later DIDNT see the actual incident and either thought (and understandably so) that assistance was needed, or just joined in for kicks, mind the pun

  • The Bambatha Rebels - 2011-02-25 15:25

    "since the officers, who are all black, made derogatory statements about his Muslim-Indian background" And yet my friends they are the first to cry fowl re such behaviour....my friends i feel shame....shame for my country...shame for my people....that we have become this....WE MUST NOT LET THIS BECOME OUR CHILDRENS LOT....PLEASE.........ask yourself is this what you want your children to remember us for????? more hatred???? Join the Bambatha rebellion today - follow us on twitter as we fight to bring the voice of the people to the ears of our leaders – BAMBATHA_Rebels on twitter - Amandla Ngawethu! bambatharebels@gmail.com

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 16:52

      I like your first part but please, this is not the place to SPAM with your calls to action. No more talk of bambatha rebels please, this is not the Congo

  • Flee - 2011-02-25 15:28

    Not saying what the cop did was right... But at a T junction one lane would go right and the other left... So who of them was going the wrong way?? Just asking for interest sake... He could be blowing it out of proportion, being a kid still etc...

      PilgrimX - 2011-02-25 15:53

      No matter what the situation, 8 cops don't beat up one kid!!!

      Telara - 2011-02-25 16:00

      And his injuries...is he blowing those out of proportion too? My money's on the cop being in the wrong lane, they think they own the road.

      As-it-is - 2011-02-25 16:04

      2 people coming from different directions can both turn right at a T junction... duh

  • MSMGathoo - 2011-02-25 15:44

    Why are we not surprised. One will expect this when thye are led by a monkey called Bheki Cele, who came to Lenasia to discuss the crime problem, but the idiot left calling us racists. Somewhere a level of intelligence shoudl be a criteria before one becomes a police.

      jevoixtout - 2011-02-25 15:59

      Intelligence has gone out the window long time ago. The requirements are now. 1)A craving for KFC. 2)Regard the elderly as "cheecky".

      KaiinSA - 2011-02-25 18:43

      The saying "Monkey see Monkey do" comes to mind.

  • Telara - 2011-02-25 15:55

    Bloody barbarians!! They are the rapists and attackers now, if you can't beat them, join them hey...

  • Johann - 2011-02-25 16:14

    about a month ago i worked late and drove home ,to be pulled of at klipriver by a black and a white cop,they were hell bent on finding some thing wrong ,agressive and insulting,they found nothing which angered them even more throwing my licence back at me they walked of pointing a gun at me,was relieved when they got in to there van and drove of, the senselesness and lack of education ,scared me ,the white one was about halve my size,but the blue uniform made him 2meters tall,so from me, fu@kyou copers!!you are a thug in a uniform with a licence to kill!

  • exocist - 2011-02-25 16:22

    THEIR MOTTO IS NOT SERVE AND PROTECT IT IS SERVE YOURSELF AND CITERZEN HOU JOU BEK, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WITH A MONKEY IN CHARGE

  • Bill - 2011-02-25 16:24

    Draconian police in a banana republic! All believe they are above the law! Sue the Minister of police for a few million…he can afford it in his small change pocket!

  • Realist - 2011-02-25 16:41

    I sincerely wish for the officers that need to beat civilians, the very people who pay their salaries, as well as to the Metro cops that are need to prove to themselves that they are worth something by doing this, that their mothers and sisters are raped before their very eyes, while they are being beaten and tortured to death, extremely slowly. May they then spend eternity in hell! My sincerest and deepest wishes to these barbarians, illiterate, waste of oxygen in this country, DIE the lot of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • chikunga - 2011-02-25 17:10

    Cops are there to serve the nation,u included,tht is thier duty also in the roads to protect your car from careless drivers or drivers with bad attitudes.these sops from ESSOP's side of story were not all 8 at once but graadually called each other to reinforce themselves incase of resistance of which is apparently clear from ESSOP's side of story.All this negativity bout cops is bulshit

      Realist - 2011-02-25 22:41

      haaaaaahaa, your post is the laugh of the century. Go peddle your views to an audience that believe you, until then, the cops in this country are pathetic and useless. They are a danger to society, so once again I reiterate, your view is an insult to the intelligence of the average working class citizen! There are repeated articles, as well as stories aired on Carte Blance on the lack of ethics from cops, in camera! Could Carte Blanche also be bullshitting! Pray that you or someone close to you is not abused by one of these degenerates!

      Realist - 2011-02-25 22:42

      Your post in general is bullshit!

  • jaycee - 2011-02-25 18:32

    I'm reading "The Fear - The Last Days of Robert Mugabe" by Peter Godwin and this incident smacks of what was (and still is) happening in Zimbabwe. SA is sliding in that direction and all I can say is GHU.

      BernieK - 2011-02-26 14:58

      Hmmm, I've also read this book. SA is heading that way, for sure. We are getting to a tipping point and from there on the tempo will increase. The tempo of suppression. Do not think that Tunisian riots are going to save this country, no, it will not. This country may in the end break up into various sections where warlords reign supreme. Somalia.

      BernieK - 2011-02-26 14:59

      Hmmm, I've also read this book. SA is heading that way, for sure. We are getting to a tipping point and from there on the tempo will increase. The tempo of suppression. Do not think that Tunisian STYLE riots in SA are going to save this country, no, it will not. This country may in the end break up into various sections where warlords reign supreme. Somalia.

  • Mundu - 2011-02-25 21:41

    This is how it starts. Law abiding citizens, you had better arm yourselves now, the time for a fight is coming.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2011-02-26 06:22

    These cops can be glad it was not my aunt Winnie in that car!!! They would be in Big trouble now!!

  • Colin - 2011-02-26 12:00

    These thugs are the type that give dedicated cops a bad name. It took eight cops to arrest ONE young man, bloody cowards. Enough said.

  • Muzdog27 - 2011-02-26 13:21

    PIGS! When I got arrested, they slapped me across the face on my way to the cell and I wasn't resisting or anything - just walking calmly to the cell... They're a law unto themselves!

      Ridwaan - 2011-03-01 20:42

      I know exactly what it feels like

      skopp888 - 2011-03-02 21:00

      What did you do about it afterwards?

  • abandonedbluehondanw2 - 2011-02-26 13:55

    And this time that Monkey Mazwandile Petros is not going to make his cops apologise?

  • Deon - 2011-02-26 13:59

    Essop, just call Bees Roux to "sort'em out". Or Winnie to sue them.

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 18:41

      Now, it would be call "Pistorius" hehe (too soon?)

  • Ross - 2011-02-26 15:03

    Sorry young man, but you are an Asian, we Whitey's have the same problem. It is going to cost you a few hundred thousand to promote your case possibly with no outcome. Be strong.

      Rishie Rish - 2013-03-08 18:45

      You probably have it worse than anyone. No wait, the white-blacks or black-whites, whichever it is, so-called "coconuts" (and I'm using the term because that's what they're called colloquially even if derogratory,ie. using it for educational/contextual reasons) may have it worst. I don't know, it's a coin toss between you two. What is it that incites this anti-ism? Do they they think "larnies" and BMW drivers have 'zaak'/'moola' and they don't, and it's unfair... or something? What is it?

  • ohsa.online - 2011-02-26 22:18

    @ginseng: what would he possibly have been under arrest for? Lets wait until the FACTS of this case emerge, please. At any rate, Police need to learn to be more PROFESSIONAL. There is NO need for the aggression all the time, at times it actually aggravates the situation.

  • vanwykbj - 2011-02-27 03:33

    Bastard African Birth Defects - fuck them. Give a monkey a badge and a gun and they think they rule the world.

  • mrsesom - 2011-02-28 00:38

    An everyday story about these idiot cops..... This is South Africa boet.

  • drienie.mayo - 2011-02-28 00:41

    O ye Ginseng...You have obviously gone through this yourself so many times that you know precisely how this kid felt....8 police officers....come one....one 21 year old boy against 8 so called police officers....Police brutality comes to mind.

  • CTS - 2011-02-28 06:57

    Cowards!Very suitable to the image of our SAPD in general!

  • Sandshark - 2011-02-28 07:18

    I have been there, they think they can do as they please. I am also taking cops to court. With power there should be responsibly. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

      skopp888 - 2011-03-01 23:43

      I've also been there. I was arrested by a P.I.G.* for a "traffic offence", not too different a scenario as the one in this article actually. I wanted to join the force as a reservist, now I don't know if I have a criminal record (which means I can't). What a shame. I would like to do something about it, but I'm afraid they'll "lose the docket". We all need to collaborate somehow. What do you think?

  • Ridwaan - 2011-03-01 20:03

    I am Ridwaan Essop and I pray that something like this would NEVER happen to you GINSENG, ANOTHERAPE, FLEE, CHIKUNGA. I was shouting and screaming because these people who are supposed to protect us, felt they had a right to grip my groin. I WILL NOT STOP shouting and screaming. Imagine your mum, sister, wife, girlfriend, daughter being assaulted and handled by 8 men... these people have no mercy, they will cowardly gang up and hurt innocent people. Its not all police, but sadly the gangster-lot are outnumbering the good few. check out the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_104887919590931 police brutality, south africa. lets find a way to help each other, sadly the police can't help us.

      mxolisi135 - 2011-03-01 21:58

      Are u serios? The police will not just assault u for nothing brother man. You must have disrespected them!!

  • rossleeg - 2011-03-04 07:56

    Bet they get away with it......

  • J12345 - 2011-03-04 08:39

    That is racism at the end of the day people, that is al it is. You can argue as much you like. They are a bunch of militants!

  • l3jorn - 2011-03-04 10:57

    Was this Metro or SAPS? Metro are the biggest scumbags. I still generally call SAPS members "Police", but the Metro are the bloody filthy "PIGS"!

  • Sean - 2011-03-04 12:43

    This is why I teach my kids to avoid the police. They are just another gang of thugs.