Acting Judge Piet Bezuidenhout and Judge Rashid Vahed ordered Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to compensate her.
Thulakele Ngubane said she was hit with a stick, kicked all over her body, and suffocated while in custody.
The incident occurred while she was being questioned in October 2010 about an illegal handgun found in her home.
She appeared in the Msinga Magistrate’s Court three days later.
Msinga is between Greytown and Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal.