Cape Town woman accuses 'boer' cop of using racist slur

2016-01-15 18:15

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Cape Town - A Cape Town woman says she is traumatised after a policeman allegedly racially insulted her after a traffic accident.

Nokhanyo Madliwa, 33, said the policeman allegedly beat her on the chest, and used a racially offensive term when she stood up for herself during the accident, which happened around December 17.

She and a "boer guy" on a motorcycle collided in a traffic circle and were arguing over who was at fault, when a "boer guy" police officer stopped to see what was happening.

"A boer guy called Binedell came," she said, referring to Sergeant Andries Binedell of the Kuils River police.

She objected when the biker and Binedell discussed the accident in Afrikaans in front of her. She did not understand and asked them to switch to English.

"The cop said, 'you must just shut up'," said Madliwa. "He was screaming, and pointing at me and saying I might have killed the biker."

She said she and the biker calmed down and started exchanging details, but the policeman kept shouting at her, Madliwa said.

She claimed Binedell hit her on the chest. "I hit him back. I went back to him and I kicked him in his balls. He said to me, 'Are you fighting back k*****?'."

After he left, Madliwa went to the Blue Downs police station. When she arrived, she was told the policeman had already made a statement about the accident.

Racial slur

She insisted on making her own statement, for insurance purposes, which she did, and then lodged a complaint of misconduct against the policeman.

Madliwa said she planned to lay a charge of defamation of character and had consulted a lawyer. "I want to teach him a lesson. Racism is not allowed in South Africa. You cannot call a person a k*****. He needs to learn."

Western Cape police said a complaint was lodged against a Kuils River police officer regarding "behaviour at an accident scene and his alleged racist remark".

Captain FC Van Wyk said in an email that a disciplinary case was being investigated, but the officer was not suspended.

"A case docket was opened and registered. The docket was transferred to SAPS Mfuleni for further investigation," Van Wyk said.

Binedell told News24 there had been an incident at a traffic circle which involved shouting and demands to see an ID book, but he denied making the racial slur.

"I deny it," he said, adding that he was brought up in a home where swearing and racism were not allowed.

He has been lauded in the past for reuniting missing children with their families.

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