2007-08-16 : You don't know if they'll hurt you next

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2007-08-16 : You don't know if they'll hurt you next

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-08-21 15:05


You don't know if they'll hurt you next
Sheena Adams
August 16 2007 at 07:56AM

Three burly metro cops towering over a taxi driver, one of them with a
boot to the alleged suspect's head as another appears to kick him over
and over again.

This was the violent scene that greeted motorists on Wednesday in
Midrand near the local fire station - and prompted some to take
photographs of the scene.

One eyewitness, who declined to be named, said the police started
running after her when they spotted her photographing the incident.

"The big one who had his boot on the taxi driver's head spotted me and
pointed to me.

'They stripped off his shirt while pulling him to the kerb'
"Metro cops were blocked from getting to me by the driver of a silver
Megane. People stopped to watch, but there was nothing anyone could do
because you don't know if they'll hurt you next," she said.

She added that, from what she could see, the taxi driver on the ground
was not trying to run away.

"They stripped off his shirt while pulling him to the kerb. He was on
the ground. While the one was standing on his head, the other one was
kicking him in the stomach.

"What I fail to understand is why wasn't the taxi driver arrested if
he had done something wrong?" the witness said.

Joburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar
wasn't in a position to view the photographs but told The Star there
was "no way" the cops would have beaten him up.

"When they do arrest a driver, whether it be a driver of a taxi, sedan
or truck, they use the necessary force to arrest the person or subdue
the person in order to arrest them," he explained.

There was no internal investigation under way as no formal complaint
had been lodged with the department, he said.

o This article was originally published on page 8 of The Star on August 16, 2007
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