SAPS to pay man hurt in assault

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Pietermaritzburg - The South African Police Service is to pay R325 000 in damages to a Dannhauser man who was injured when a policeman assaulted him following an altercation about “music” at a venue in the area.

Sipho Zikhali, who resides on a farm in the Dannhauser area, had initially claimed R510 000 from the minister of Police for the injuries he sustained when he was assaulted by Detective Thokozani Dlamini of Nondweni police station on August 26, 2010. But in terms of the settlement reached at the high court yesterday he will receive R325 000.

According to court papers, Zikhali was a visitor at a local venue known as “Zondo Homestead” when the incident happened.

Dlamini and a colleague who were on duty but in plain clothes reportedly entered the homestead and he and Zikhali were involved in a verbal altercation “regarding music at the venue”. When Zikhali left the building he was followed by the policeman who assaulted him by striking him with an open palm across his face, “grabbing and twisting his scrotum and lifting him by his scrotum and tossing him across the road”.

As a result of the assault Zikhali suffered a seven centimetre laceration of his scrotum which required six sutures. He also suffered a ruptured testicle and had to undergo reconstructive and urological surgery to his scrotum.

According to the court records, he currently still experiences pain and has ongoing medical problems resulting from his injuries.

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