Case against woman who 'assaulted police' withdrawn

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Pretoria - The case against a woman who allegedly assaulted police who tried to stop her from filming them was withdrawn in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, Netwerk24 reported on Wednesday.

Thandiswa Losi, the daughter of South Africa's ambassador to Tunisia Nonceba Nancy Losi-Tutu, was taken into custody with a group of friends in Esselen Street, Sunnyside, for assault after trying to take photos on her cellphone of police allegedly assaulting another woman.

"I tried to record it with my phone but a policeman took my phone away. After that he hit me and took me into custody," she said.

At the Sunnyside police station police allegedly ordered her to erase the images. She was released after 12 hours but the police opened a case of assault against her.

She also laid a charge of assault against the police. This case would continue.

She was irritated when the assault case against her was withdrawn.

"It is incredibly inconvenient. In spite of the fact that I was illegally arrested, they made me wait here for four hours."

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate confirmed that she had opened a case.

Warrant Officer David Miller, spokesperson for the Sunnyside police, did not know of the case on Tuesday morning and Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale, provincial spokesperson, did not want to comment until there had been a proper investigation.

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