IPID investigates Free State cop for assault of blind woman

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IPID is investigating an alleged assault of a blind woman.
IPID is investigating an alleged assault of a blind woman.
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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating a case in which a police officer is accused of assaulting a blind woman.

The alleged assault took place on Sunday in Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State, IPID spokesperson Ndileka Cola said.

"It is alleged that a 46-year-old blind woman was slapped numerous times in her face by the police officer," she said.

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The police were reportedly at the woman's house to arrest two people.

"The 46-year-old heard the screaming and crying of her 32-year-old sister. As she reached out to check what was happening, she heard slaps. She allegedly requested her 21-year-old daughter to record the assault on video; that's when the police officer, who was just standing outside, opened the burglar gate and slapped her [in] her face numerous times," Cola added.

A 25-year-old was also allegedly assaulted by the same police officers "when he questioned them about what they were doing within the same yard", said Cola.

The investigation is under way, she said.

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