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Former police officer awaits compensation

By Boitumelo Tshehle | Mar 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

A former North West police constable, who was shot in the thigh while on duty, wants compensation from the SA Police Service.

Simon Ramolongwana of Phokeng village in Rustenburg said he had waited for eight years for the SAPS to compensate him.

He said he was shot by an unknown suspect during a stop-and-search operation at a bus rank in Rustenburg in November 2004.

Consequently, he lost his job and had no income.

Ramolongwana, 40, who was employed as a reservist from 1999 and was stationed at the Rustenburg police station, said he could not look for another job because he walked with difficulty.

Ramolongwana is semi- paralysed in his right leg and said he felt neglected and forgotten by the police service.

"I have three children and a wife to take care of, I need a job but no one wants to hire a cripple like me," he said.

Ramolongwana said he could not even pay his medical expenses.

"My wife works as a security guard and her salary is our only income."

Police spokeswoman Captain Adele Myburgh said they could only assist Ramolongwana if he submitted the relevant documents.

"He has the responsibility to present a final doctor's report about his medical condition to the SAPS," Myburgh said.

She said they had requested Ramolongwana on several occasions to obtain the doctor's report in order to finalise the Workmen's Compensation.

"This might even give him the opportunity to be assessed and given permanent employment within the service.

"Without these documents, no action or assistance can be given to him," she said.

A police official handling Ramolongwana's case, Isack Mahuhushi, said he would try and speed up Ramolongwana's claim.

"We will look at other aspects to help him even if he does not have those documents Mahuhushi said."

COMMENTS [ 15 ]

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Do it fast or else....le tla bona maragwa spoko!!

Mar 30, 2012 7:52 | 0 replies

@Simon, SAPS can hire you as a clerk and you dont have to chase gun toting crim.inals

NW cri.minals are fortunate in GP the police k.ill first then ask questions later

Mar 30, 2012 1:51 | 0 replies

@TDK
That is true, now they are lying that he didn't bring all the document. It is hard to compensate somebody in every department, they will create stories they like insurance companies. They know the guy and probably he wasn't alone when he got shot so they have all the prove they want. The SAPS uses one Medical why can't they go there and investigate as they are good in that. Broer your ex-colleagues failed you. GOOD LUCK maybe after contacting SOWETAN something will come up.
@ERO
Department failed him.

Mar 30, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

MommaC
Jirrie! That leg looks eina. What the hell did they shoot him with? A bazooka?
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LOL, i think AK47

Mar 30, 2012 10:52 | 0 replies

Ntate Ramolongwana submits the required documentation and stop complaining.

Mar 30, 2012 10:42 | 0 replies

Police spokeswoman Captain Adele Myburgh said they could only assist Ramolongwana if he submitted the relevant documents
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abuti Simon,it doesn't help complain!g without taking any action..nka matsapa and submit the required documents..if nothing happens thats when u can take the matter further

Mar 30, 2012 10:21 | 0 replies

Buti Simon, o ska dula mo godimo ga totibox kgotsa o batla go itira letlakala?? Ima ka dinao monna, o ye go direla bana sum borotho to eat

Mar 30, 2012 10:11 | 0 replies

how many have you shot man?

Mar 30, 2012 9:52 | 0 replies

Jirrie! That leg looks eina. What the hell did they shoot him with? A bazooka?

Mar 30, 2012 9:31 | 0 replies

This is what happens when the employer does not need you any longer.

Mar 30, 2012 9:21 | 0 replies

Sowetan you left out one part...at least you should have find out why it is so difficult for him to get the doctor's report, now who is wrong.....the man or the Department.

Mar 30, 2012 8:59 | 0 replies