Family sues cops for failing to respond

A Joburg family is suing the police for more than R770 000, claiming they did not respond to numerous calls for help during threats of violence by an estranged husband.

A bed-ridden woman was doused in petrol and set alight, allegedly by her daughter’s husband in November last year, The Star reported today.

Prior to this, the daughter had filed for a divorce and she and her sister, had secured a protection order.

The family had reportedly spent years living in fear due to his abusive nature.

The family filed a civil lawsuit against police after they allegedly ignored the sisters and their lawyer nine times when they reported his threats at the Sophiatown police station, the daily reported.

The damages claim is directed at the Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and four police officers stationed at the police station.

The woman’s husband allegedly threatened her and her mother with a firearm in September 2013, The Star reported.

He also threatened to burn down their house after they obtained the protection order and allegedly assaulted his sister-in-law.

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