Police must pay clerk R100 000 for assault

FILE PICTURE: Members of the South African Police Services. Picture: Morapedi Mashashe

FILE PICTURE: Members of the South African Police Services. Picture: Morapedi Mashashe

The police minister has agreed to pay R100 000 damages to a police clerk who was assaulted and locked up for three days after complaining to the police that his landlord wanted to assault him.

Isaac Papo of Alexandra initially sued the minister for R870 000 damages after his arrest and detention at the Sunnyside police station in May 2010.

He said in court papers he had called the police for assistance as a result of a quarrel with his landlord, whom he feared was putting his life in danger.

Instead of helping him, however, the police allegedly arrested him for no reason, violently slapped him, kicked him all over his body, used pepper spray on him in the back of the van and drove to the police station at a high speed while his hands were cuffed behind his back.

He alleged his hands were cuffed so tightly that he lost circulation, he could not walk for a week and he had suffered a dislocated shoulder in the assault.

According to Papo, he was refused anything to eat or drink, as well as medical treatment, while he was locked up.

He claimed the police had also unlawfully confiscated his vehicle and only returned it after all charges against him were dropped. He claimed damages for his shock, trauma, humiliation, psychological damages and medical costs.

According to a medical report, Papo still had pain in his shoulder, knee, foot and back and battled with his concentration and memory.

He no longer played soccer, battled to lift heavy boxes at work and faced the possibility of a shoulder operation.

In court papers, the police denied unlawfully arresting or assaulting Papo.

They claimed Papo had resisted arrest and was suspected of fraud, theft of a police hand radio, possession of dagga and impersonating a police official.


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