Mother sues for R1,1 mln

2016-04-05 11:00


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Pietermaritzburg - A Greytown woman who alleges she and her son were assaulted so badly by policemen that the son died, has instituted a R1,1 million damages claim against the minister of Police in the high court.

The case in which Khosi Florence Shezi (46) is suing the state in connection with her ordeal, came before a judge yesterday in connection with an application to compel the police to file certain documents in the case. The application was granted and the state ordered to pay the cost of the adjournment.

According to papers before court, Shezi alleges she was “wrongfully and unlawfully” arrested by police at her home in the Greytown area on June 27, 2013.

She maintains police officers did not have a warrant of arrest, and subsequently allegedly abducted both her and her son and assaulted them.

She says police used their fists and kicked her during the alleged assaults, “banged” her against a police van and struck her on top of her right eye with the butt of a firearm.

According to an affidavit that is among the court documents, police questioned her as to the whereabouts of her son on the day that a certain Mthiya Mbatha (allegedly the brother of Greytown policeman Khulekani Mbatha) was allegedly killed.

“My denials of any knowledge of the alleged killing of Khulekani Mbatha’s brother were met with severe and sustained assaults,” she alleged.

According to her affidavit, she and her son were at one stage taken to a river and told to get into the water.

“The weather was cold and further assaults on us with steel pipes and blunt objects continued.”

Shezi said she and her son were “dumped” in a forest by police and as a result of the assaults on her she became unconscious and collapsed.

When she “woke” in Greytown Hospital she had no knowledge as to how she had got there. She subsequently found out that her son had been picked up by shepherds and taken to a clinic but he later died.

Shezi states that she opened a criminal case of attempted murder, murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and kidnapping against various policemen allegedly implicated in the incident.

However, to her “disappointment and despair” she was later informed in writing by the Independent Police Investigation Unit (IPID) that the charges had been provisionally withdrawn.

She said the assaults perpetrated on her and the death of her son were so traumatic that she continued to consult a clinical psychologist and a neuro-surgeon and physiotherapist following her discharge from hospital.

According to one document with a Grey’s Hospital letterhead, Shezi had displayed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and “psychological distress”.

She alleges she suffered a variety of physical injuries including head and facial injuries, an injury to the top of her right eye, back, chest, forearm and hand.

The police are opposing the lawsuit and in papers denied that Shezi was arrested or assaulted by police.

According to the police plea, if “agents” of the police did arrest or assault Shezi, they acted outside the scope of their instructions.

No trial date has been set for the case at this stage.

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