THESE DAYS IN THIS SLIME-HOLE THEY CALL THE "NEW SOUTH-AFRICA"- THE ACTUAL HOODLUMS ARE NOW WEARING BLUE POLICE UNIFORMS- WHILE THE INNOCENT ARE SITTING BEHIND BARS. ON THE OTHER HAND- WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN THE REGIME OF THE COUNTRY IS A LOT OF BANDITS AND CRIMINALS THEMSELVES?
By Bronwyn Gerretsen
A Gauteng businessman who tried to report a mugging to Durban police was allegedly assaulted, racially abused and locked in a urine-laden police vehicle for eight hours.
Charl Wessels, 30, from Meyerton, checked in at a South Beach hotel on Monday. He says he was robbed by five black men at the corner of Dr Pixley ka Seme (West) and Gillespie streets.
They stole his watch, wallet, cellphone and ID book. Wessels spotted a police van across the road and tried to report the mugging to the driver, a plain-clothed black policeman.
"He told me to f*** off and... said it was not his duty to assist me. When I told him it was, he said I must not tell him how to do his job."
Wessels said he noted the police van's registration details and turned back, but the van gave chase. Three black uniformed officers alighted, ran after him and assaulted him.
"One of them hit me and the others kneed me in the ribs. The driver got out and assaulted me. They then told me to get into the Quantum (van)."
Wessels said he was taken to the Boscombe Police Station, where two of the officers locked him in a police truck. He alleged the policemen racially insulted him, calling him a "white pig" and a "bastard".
He also witnessed the same plain-clothed officer soliciting bribes from other detainees.
Wessels said he was eventually let out by another police officer who said: "I've just saved you."
Wessels has opened cases for the mugging and assault. Wessels said that while making a statement at the Point Police Station, one of the five men who mugged him also walked in to report a robbery.
He was wearing Wessels's watch and was arrested after Wessels alerted the police.
Police Colonel Jay Naicker said the case was being investigated. Wessels has vowed never to visit Durban again.
# Meanwhile, a Pretoria policeman allegedly linked to an armed robbery is back at work despite being arrested after being identified by his victim.
Warrant Officer Joshua Raboshaba, 50, a shift commander at Boschkop police station, was identified by victim Helmoet de Graaf as one of six men who attacked him in August.
He identified Raboshaba when the policeman offered to help him certify documents certified. Police said "problems", led to him not being suspended.