Woman assaulted by cops outside church

2013-03-19 09:31

Pretoria - Tshwane metro police officers have been accused of assaulting an elderly woman and locking her up for two days in a police cell.

Sindiswa Hejena, 60, of Silverton, told The Sowetan how she was assaulted by a female officer and two male colleagues after a church service last Tuesday.

"A Nigerian man, a congregant at our church, was given a traffic fine for parking incorrectly and he was begging them not to give him a ticket," she said.

"My husband and I told him to take the ticket and that's when the woman officer told my husband 'voetsek you old man'.

"I told her not to speak to him like that because he was elderly," Hejana said.

She said the female officer became angry and attacked her.

Hejana was taken to the Pretoria Central police station and was allegedly attacked again.

A police spokesperson said the matter would be investigated.


  • Marius van Rooyen - 2013-03-19 09:37

    WTF? Again?

      Don Tandy - 2013-03-19 10:33

      Sounds like the norm for the Metro 'so-called' cops.

      Joe Black - 2013-03-19 10:37

      I need to hear both sides of the story, to express an opinion

      Chez Kri - 2013-03-19 10:47

      @Joe Black. It doesn't matter what the woman said or did. There is never a reason for cops to beat up anyone; especially a woman.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-03-19 11:54

      Hallelujah, Amen. I give up. I now believe that the misnister of police must now take full responsibility foor this rubbish or resign. JOE BLACK: are you for real? So there are instances when it's ok for police in uniform and armed as well are allowed to beat up people, lock them up for 2 days and then release them without charge. God Almighty Bless this country.

      Willie - 2013-03-19 12:24

      Was the woman charged

      Andrew Selous - 2013-03-19 13:40

      yes again,what about the ones that went unreported(SIRR)

  • Mathekga Ngoako - 2013-03-19 09:37

    Law enforcers who cannot respect law and themselves by disrespecting others. Sis!

  • Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-03-19 09:40

    It looks like people are just making it difficult for the cops to do their job...

      fly.onthewall.54 - 2013-03-19 09:46

      No Isaiah, the cops want thier bribes and will u go to unecessary extreme to intimidate to get that bribe.

      Blackpoison - 2013-03-19 09:55

      @Isaiah...Now just who was making it difficult for the cops here?

      Crabclaw - 2013-03-19 09:57

      Isaiah, their job was to issue a ticket. Not to verbally abuse. Not to physically abuse. And not to haul off to jail for more physical abuse. To an unarmed 60-something person on top of it. Stinks.

      Roux - 2013-03-19 10:09

      You are the reason why hope is so slim, you can't see thuggery, fraud and criminal behavior for what it is, and that is why you remain happy to vote for ANC

      Osito - 2013-03-19 10:19

      Isaiah, if you read the article you will see that the lady was trying to help the police in trying to convince the man to take the ticket...

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-19 10:41

      Isaiah you really are a special kind of stupid aren't you?

      Andrew Selous - 2013-03-19 13:44

      no, the desire to get that kfc overshadows everything else

  • Joahan Smal - 2013-03-19 09:42

    Hejana, my advice to you; sue the metro council and also the metro police officer in person. Let she never in her life take a full salary home again.

      Roux - 2013-03-19 10:10

      Agreed, keep making them accountable

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-19 10:36

      is this how you want to make quick money? provoking police so that you can sue.....that is not right

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-03-19 10:41

      Ludidi,are u a cop?

  • Omnivore - 2013-03-19 09:42

    These Metro cops are an inept lot. No admissions standards and lousy training.

      Erna - 2013-03-19 11:01

      They haven't been trained adequately to deal with all situations. They think they are powerful, but they are actually pathetic. Give them a little power, and they think they rule the world.

  • morgan.pike.33 - 2013-03-19 09:42

    Starting to be part of daily news, 'Assaulted by a police officer'. Sad!

  • munro.pretorius - 2013-03-19 09:50


  • adrian.hill.750 - 2013-03-19 09:54

    amma bananna republic

  • jeremy thorpe - 2013-03-19 09:56

    60 isn't "elderly" so let's have no sympathy for the woman on that basis. Yes, it appears the cops over-reacted and there's no way she should have been locked up for two days, but basically she and her husband appear to have interfered with cops doing their job.

      Roux - 2013-03-19 10:13

      By telling him to take the ticket they interfered? which justified her saying voetsek jou old man, and locking his wife up for 2 days and even assaulting her? This is not a case of interfering, this is a case of I am above the law myself and I can do whatever I want. They need to be held accountable before this idea spreads further than it already has.

      Osito - 2013-03-19 10:20

      Did they not tell the man to take the ticket? They tried to help ffs

      Magda Henning - 2013-03-19 10:54

      Jeremy, age 60 is "elderly".

      Erna - 2013-03-19 11:04

      jeremy thorpe - maybe you don't want to be considered 'elderly' at 60, but it is unfortunately pensionable age, and you get certain perks at shops. So 60 is elderly. And to be beaten by someone, especially a cop is assault no matter what.

      Perter Damingo - 2013-03-19 11:31

      Hey jeremy I love being 60 I get to use my pensioners card wherever I go makes me feel like a kid with a student card. Only problem is I jol one night and recoup for 5 where the kids jol for 5 and recoup for one

  • Blackpoison - 2013-03-19 09:56

    And then the cops wonder why they get assaulted...

  • Phillipa Mill - 2013-03-19 09:58

    cops like these make me puke....The female ones are the worst, thinking their above the law.... STOP DELETING MY COMMENTS NEWS24

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-19 10:35

      True 24 also deletes some of my comments

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  • linda.mcintyregrice - 2013-03-19 09:59

    eish..again!!!!!!!!!!!!!these are only reported stories there are much more..

  • nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-19 10:02

    but what is with you people, why cann't you stay away and let the police do their work? i say it again people..Stay away from police work...mind your own business

      Peejay MacLane - 2013-03-19 10:13

      She was talking to the man being fined and the metro police and would they lock the defenseless elderly woman? It shows that we must beating/assaulting these police. Our gloves r off. An it takes only one punch and

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-19 10:25

      interference with the police to perform their duties is a crime and is punishable by she must be put in cells so that she can appear in court...

      Roux - 2013-03-19 10:47

      I can see where you are coming from, but you got this a bit wrong. Police are public servants. You may approach them and speak to them, they did not verbally attack the police, they were simply talking to them. The police may have asked them to not get involved? Saying voetsek jou old man is not the correct response. Locking an innocent woman up in a cell for 2 days and assaulting her for speaking to the police is not acceptable. If the public gets involved in a situation and makes it worse then yes, they are interfering and the police should request that they remove themselves from the situation, in failing to hear this warning they then have the right to proceed by arresting them. The people were trying to help but it might be as simple as they didn't get the bribe they were hoping for, so they took it out on the elderly woman, without any cause of legal foot or stand on.

      Peejay MacLane - 2013-03-19 10:48

      What if it was you mother who got arrested for advising a person to accept the fine, she didn't tell him to refuse the fine. Police cell are worse and the poor woman is not even a criminal. That's why I'm saying I will beat the demon out of any metro cop arresting my mother for doing nothing wrong. I protect my mother with my life and if she gets disrespected ek moer hulle

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-19 10:51

      i thank u for your thumbs down

      Roux - 2013-03-19 10:54

      Did you even read my reply?

      Magda Henning - 2013-03-19 10:56 must be a cop otherwise you wouldn't defent the pigs.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-19 11:08

      yes i am one of the pigs...and I am happy to here the new name and i also happy that those who came to me for help are still happy with my service

      Paul Georgeades - 2013-03-19 13:39

      Nkosi whatever your name is,u clearly like to c how many thumbs down u can get in a day,I think u may have the record of the day for STUPIDITY..

  • nkululeko.zulu.5 - 2013-03-19 10:04

    Department of longer safety and security.. go back to church and thank God you are still alive....

      leonard.tsolo - 2013-03-19 10:32

      Well said Nkululeko. Department of Brutality of Republic of south Africa.ha ha ha ha ha ha .What a new best name to describe the maroons (SAPS)Satan After People Sense.

  • Richard Smith - 2013-03-19 10:05

    I miss the good ol' days when you only expect tsotsis to assault you and you run to the police for safety.

  • Badger - 2013-03-19 10:05

    And now you want to know why the Citizens of Joburg are starting to take out the JMPD. We are getting sick and tired of their bullying tactics. More JMPD deaths coming to a town near you. Watch this space and keep an eye on the press for more details.

  • Daniel Nunes - 2013-03-19 10:05

    More...good. the more that comes out the better

  • Hannes Delport - 2013-03-19 10:06

    Where will this stop ??

      nu_un_clear - 2013-03-19 10:18

      It will stop with ordinary citizens like me killing the first metro that tries to do me harm. The Wild West at its best....after a few cop killings the prospect of becoming one wont look so great, then we can start respecting them again.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-03-19 10:06

    why respect the law enforcers, when they themselves don't respect the laws they enforce or the people they are supposed to protect/respect ?

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-03-19 10:37

      Most of our police force is uneducated affirmative action, over weight bums, who cant do the job.

  • Peejay MacLane - 2013-03-19 10:08

    Any the police wonder why we fight back. I must start punching them immediately when they open their mouth. Why would they lock up an elderly defenseless woman? A caution would have been better. Ek gaan julle moer for being rude and stupid

  • Tshephangsithole - 2013-03-19 10:09

    Department of torture and brutal citizens attack

  • riotousr - 2013-03-19 10:12

    I blame it on the gentleman of Nigerian origin. Why was he parked in the wrong place? Surely, there must have been legally designated vehicle parking spaces he just decided to go illegal. He has got no respect for South African law. Now look what he has doen to the 60 year old Sindiswa Hejena. The trouble with Nigerians is that ...

      Peejay MacLane - 2013-03-19 10:25

      And you see no problem with the verbal attack and assault of the elderly couple. How will you feel if it was your mother being treated with no respect. The elderly woman was just advising the man to accept the fine

      Delene Labuschagne - 2013-03-19 10:27

      riotous,,,NO WAY u cn shift the blame, police are the law breakers, there is no LAW in SA wake up and smell the coffee my friend,,,,

      riotousr - 2013-03-19 10:39

      My mother and grandmother would not go around trying to play illegal-foreign huggers. They let the Nigerians worry about Nigeria whilst we try to find a way of getting rid of illegal immigrant in South Africa. The trouble with illegals is that they make us loving people look like Hollywood movie villains.

      Fidelis Muriritirwa - 2013-03-19 14:49

      @ Ramohlale its unfortunate that you have a xenophobic mind like the police officers who killed the taxi driver from are blindfolded with your stupidity that saturated your bogus mind

      Fidelis Muriritirwa - 2013-03-19 15:11

      so when we help them with information on criminals are we not interfering to set a record straight ,they must then beat up all whistle blowers this Romohlale guy is faceless and is a very good example of a stupid man who lacks common sense ,i have visited your face book page its empty signalling the emptiness of life in you ,get a life boy

  • Rob Bayliss - 2013-03-19 10:12

    Do you remember how the noise and disruption in class increased within seconds of the teacher leaving the classroom. It seemed to be that a few started and then almost all followed. On the rampage, spiraling accelerating until it was deafening and, inevitably, people and things were at risk of damage/harm. I feel that today, in SA, I am in such a place. There is no leader, they left the room years ago. The behaviour of people is spiraling, the noise is becoming is very scary indeed because not only is the leader absent there is absolutely no sign of them returning. In school we knew that authority (in the sense of peacekeeping) would soon return, culprits would be identified and punished (sometimes unfairly)...but there was a recognised boundary maintained by authority. I doubt that neither schooling nor life can be effective in the situation we have today....AND IT IS GETTING WORSE

  • Ernest Sibaya - 2013-03-19 10:16

    Good people i think the foreigners are being disrespect to our police and that is leading to all this incident of police beating them.

      Delene Labuschagne - 2013-03-19 10:23

      Ernest BULLS$¥£T, it was an old woman that was assaulted, where do u fall of the bus,AND even so the police are there to protect ppl NOT assault them AND us the tax payer pays for the protection and training they receive and there4 shud control their anger,,,they chose 2 do this job if u cnt work with ppl in a civil way fFOETSEK!!!!!!

      Victor Mahasha - 2013-03-19 10:27

      Sibiya you are a true comrade, fact spoken even police are human, u provoke them they will get angry like human

      Magda Henning - 2013-03-19 11:00

      We can not respect the police because they are part of a corrupt government. They are just as corrupt as the government

  • Stephen Michaels - 2013-03-19 10:16

    Father help us all!

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-19 10:27


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  • Ahava Shapiro - 2013-03-19 10:18

    Break the traffic law When caught, plead for leniency If the officer declines the plea Accept your ticket You have the choice of making representation to the courts for leniency, do so if you want to or pay the fine. It does not help the situation if you make multiple pleas to the officer, that could be seen as harassment. This is one way to avoid incidents of this nature.

      Peejay MacLane - 2013-03-19 10:29

      Imagine advising someone like that and you get arrested and assaulted. The elderly woman was trying to advise the guy to stop pleading and accept the fine and she gets arrested

      Marang Masokoane - 2013-03-19 10:32

      Erm Ahava, did you actually read the article? The 60 year old woman who was assaulted was not the man who was given a ticket. Her name is Sindiswa, she advised the man who DID receive the ticket to accept it and move on. Sindiswa did not harrass nor refuse to accept a traffic ticket, it seems she was trying to help, and was attacked unjustly. That is the subject of the article, the attack on an elderly woman by a traffic officer. Your comments are noted, but somewhat off topic and besides the point.

      leonard.tsolo - 2013-03-19 10:51

      Shapiro thanks for the advice. However,these what so called police can't be trusted no meter how humble one might be.

      Ahava Shapiro - 2013-03-19 10:51

      @pj_maclane That's what the elderly woman claimed, basically, according to the report, she told the offender to accept his fine ( we do not know if that is all that was uttered by her ) @mareng masokoane I did read this report. I do not feel insulted by the fact that you assumed I commented without reading the report. My comment is on topic and not out of line. I make reference, not to the woman as being the offender but the reason that lead to the woman feeling need to intervene.

      Piet Phetheni - 2013-03-19 12:30

      u all missed the point here, the old lady defend her hasband. That's one case on its own.

  • Sediko Dicks Modisenyane - 2013-03-19 10:18

    this skepsel lady cop is wearing police uniform and she is acting stupid. she is misusing her authority just like her fellow 9 policeman. we have lost trust in you bullies. 2013 is for police to abuse us and next year may it will b vice versa

  • Bra N'Darkie - 2013-03-19 10:18

    Some of this stories.

  • Tony Silva - 2013-03-19 10:19

    One can't even call them law enforcers as they act more like a gang than the gangs themselves, they simply use the law to suit their lawlessness and arrogant behaviour for extortion.

  • Phillip du Plessis - 2013-03-19 10:27

    I don't know what the people want anymore!!?? when the police do their jobs (issuing the parking ticket), they are wrong. When they do not do their jobs, they are wrong... Make up your mind people, and stop trying to prevent them from doing their jobs!! It's the same when someone tells me how to treat a patient... I have the qualification and the rank, not you!!!

      Peasant McPoor - 2013-03-19 11:25

      Well remind me never 2 see u ever because A) u stupid!!! U shouldn't have your qualification and B) u stupid because u missing the point of the article. Or perhaps u do understand and welcome the notion of beating a person if they use their RIGHT to question or negotiate a situation.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-19 11:34

      Mcpoor then you should tell us the point in that article because its only you who get it.....

      Sanele Maseko - 2013-03-19 12:08


      Peasant McPoor - 2013-03-19 14:04

      Lol- u don't see the point of the article?? Well then, there is no point in explaining- its hopeless. I'm going 2 go teach my awesome new puppy how 2 do calculus, I'm sure I will have more success.

      nadia.graf.50 - 2013-03-21 04:18

      Phillip and no doubt you are the kind of dr who even when he has no idea of the problem won't seek specialist advice. These cops are public servants, warn the person if she was obstructing the police in their jobs even arrest her, but why the assault?

  • Musa Melise - 2013-03-19 10:29

    I wander who is that Police woman's mother she must be shamed.

  • Andrea Thompson - 2013-03-19 10:35

    What is happening in the city of Tshwane? If there's trouble in the capital there can't be any hope for the rest of us. Surely anyone that acts in an official capacity of this nature should have some sort of basic training in mediation? Didn't that officer receive any training in dealing with the public? This could've been avoided.

  • riotousr - 2013-03-19 10:47

    Sometimes people hurt themselves during an arresting scuffle. Being 60 years old does not mean that you do not have a tongue and lips through which to hurl hurtful foul language at authority [on your way from church]. For obstruction of justice and for hurling hurtful foul language at authority gets you arrested. The cuffs can hurt a bit, especially when they push you into the car. That is nothing to write home about. I still blame everything that happened to the Sindiswa Hejena on the Nigerian gentleman. He parks illegally as with most illegal foreigners. As it goes with illegal foreingers so must this one.

  • DropFrameFilms - 2013-03-19 10:55

    Why is it so hard to just be a nice person. Instead of saying "voetsak jou oud man" why Was it so hard to rather say "sorry ma'am, this is police work, could you leave us to do our job please.". I'm sure they would have been on their way with out disturbing the police further. For all the users on this forum that think this kind of behavior is acceptable by a government division that we, the tax payers fund, when this country completely falls apart at the seems you can look back on your views and blame yourselves because if your attitude about this is like your attitude about everything else in this country then you surely vote ANC. The longer the ANC is in power unfortunately we are doomed. It's been 19 years since democracy. Ask yourself what has improved? The government is stealing all your money. The police force still brutally abuse the black population of this country. We aren't provided with a good education system unless you find yourself in the upper echelon of society. Crime is rampant. Jobs are scarce. What's really change from apartheid?

  • Tom Theunissen - 2013-03-19 10:56

    Bwahahaha just what we need, unruly law enforcers attacking people everyday for nothing more than opening their mouths. Slip sliding down a steep slope of revolt

  • Adepoju Mosebo - 2013-03-19 11:05

    Assault da bloody agents and Lock em up!

  • Phele Mokone Pelezinoh - 2013-03-19 11:10

    I think the is more to this story than what this ederly woman says,she cannot just be arrested n spend days in prison for telling an offender to accept looks like everyone is running to the media whenever his/her has problem with police n claim to be brutalized.

      Nicola Barnard - 2013-03-19 12:27

      well said.

      simon.selahla - 2013-03-19 12:46

      They shouldn't have intefered with police duties in first place!

  • Nels Pig Mamabolo - 2013-03-19 11:15

    Now they r targetting the old n weak.criminals in blue

  • Benjamin Franklin - 2013-03-19 11:20

    I understand that the cops are under severe stress but then take it out on child molesters, rapists and murderers and the other scum they constantly come into contact with! Not innocent civillians!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-03-19 11:27

    One old lady and three cops?. They are not only incapable of doing their jobs, they are cowards too. Sack them.

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  • nhlapop - 2013-03-19 11:56

    Moron will always be a moron, Moron who went to a training to be trained how to kill, harass, destroy human life’s.

  • Sekhuphatsela Khuthadzo Evans - 2013-03-19 11:59

    The old magogo was right the officer have no rights to swear people like that,i think those police officer they deserve a good panishment for arttaking innocent people

  • Orapeleng Molosiwa - 2013-03-19 12:04

    They're on a rampage!

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-19 12:52

    For heavens sake this seems to be a daily occurence!! -NOT MUCH IS CHANGING WITHIN THE SAPS - People have absolutely no faith in the pathetic Police Force of SA

      EJ Moropane - 2013-03-19 21:00

      Metro police nt SAPS, read b4 u rush on commenting.

  • Angelique Kruger - 2013-03-19 12:53

    @ludidi are you a retard or do you simply not understand English..... she DID NOT interfere! she DID NOT get in the way of the police doing their job, she tried to defuse a argument and what she tried to stop from happening turned on her in the end, you are defending them so much where you one of the 2 male officers? ....stupid!

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-19 13:05

      kruger there was no argument there......why was a nigerian driver was not arrested? why the husband was not arrested? in your right senses does this article make sense? you can call stupid yes maybe i am stupid...but please people stop interference because you will get arrested...

      Victor Mahasha - 2013-03-19 15:13

      U really are a Kruger, were u there at the scene or u just conclude to the lies of media

  • Modikoe Elias Ramongana - 2013-03-19 13:11

    They run 2 the media instead of opening an asault case. There's no truth in this story

  • Richard Brett - 2013-03-19 13:16

    This is all a symptom of this countries moral compass, where you have a government and a president and political party, whose moral compass is so far off track, it can only lead to to situations like this. what must a policemen think when he sees everyone in authority act above the law