A Limpopo municipal manager allegedly assaulted at a community meeting is suing the police for R6.2-million for failing to protect him. The damages claim by the Ephraim Mogale municipality manager, Lesiba Makopo, was postponed indefinitely in the North Gauteng High Court last week.
Makopo and fellow members of the ANC were apparently assaulted at a December 2008 community meeting at the Ngolovhane community hall near Dennilton, where a demarcation dispute involving the Moutse community was discussed.
He alleged in court papers he and an ANC delegation had attended a meeting at a local police station to brief members of the police to provide adequate security at the meeting.
They were assured they would be protected, but the police only sent one vehicle and two police officials. Makopo said he was delegated to present the ANC view that Moutse should remain part of Limpopo.
His view was not accepted and he was assaulted. He lost consciousness and was admitted to hospital. Makopo was again admitted to hospital after collapsing at home early in 2008 and was then diagnosed with a head injury, resulting in convulsions.
He claimed the police had a legal duty to provide safety to all citizens, but breached this duty. The police in court papers denied liability for the damages Makopo suffered. They said the pro-Limpopo delegation had been warned not to attend the meeting. – firstname.lastname@example.org