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By Ntwaagae Seleka - ntwagaes@sowetan.co.za | Apr 04, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 24 ]

TWO months after allegedly being assaulted by members of the police Tactical Response Team, victims in Sebokeng in the Vaal are still waiting for justice.

The unit, known as "Amaberete" (men in berets) stormed into a tavern in Sebokeng in February and assaulted patrons, according to the owner, Thabang Makwela.

Makwela said six members of "Amaberete" ordered his patrons to lie on the floor.

"One of them stood on the snooker table. Then they started to assault my patrons. Some members of Amaberete poured liquor over some patrons and this made them angry," said Makwela.

He said things got out of hand when some of the patrons retaliated by throwing objects at the police, who in turn fired at them.

"It was bad. People were angry and police were shooting in their direction," said Makwela.

Makwela's neighbour Lerato Mocholodi claimed he was home watching television when he heard gunshots.

"I switched off the television while the shooting continued. I thought maybe somebody had been killed outside my home and decided to peep through the window. I saw a policeman and he a shot at me. A bullet hit me on my hand," said Mocholodi.

Mocholodi said he was lucky that the bullet only hit his hand. "Imagine if it had struck my head, I would be dead now," said Mocholodi.

Another victim, Johnny Pieterson, said he was walking from another tavern when he was shot in the leg.

"I heard gunshots but did not see where they came from. I saw a group of police officers, some of them wearing berets, and without any provocation they fired shots at me and I was hit in my left ankle.

"Some of them ordered me to lie down. One of them kicked me in the stomach even though I was injured," he said.

Pieterson said the police officers left him lying there.

"Later, police who were probably on patrol stopped a car and assaulted the driver. The driver was forced to crawl while another person was pepper-sprayed and assaulted.

Another policeman accused me of carrying a firearm. They called an ambulance, which took me hospital," he said.

Mocholodi and Pieterson are demanding that their assailants be brought to book.

Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale said they were investigating the two cases.

He said the cases were also being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

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Amaberete are asss wholes. when they meet you at night they ask you your name.when you answer them they say you disrespect them by talking back, then they bit you. when you dont answer them they say you disrespecting the law, and they still bit you.

Apr 04, 2012 7:29 | 0 replies

these guys instead of hunting 4 criminals they attack innocent civillians, this needs to spot immediately. Bheki Cele must go with his Unit, M even scared of going out at night cos dey are always available in the east rand

Apr 04, 2012 11:45 | 0 replies

Le lona letlogeleng go berekela bo jalwa man, ale robale lerasa bosiu kaofela, big men like that, where are your wifes?

Apr 04, 2012 12:25 | 0 replies

@ Papage

Sidla ubusha bethu, just bcos UR a binneplaas maglazana doesnt mean all of us R like dat bru

Apr 04, 2012 12:53 | 0 replies

Rena ko limpopo re ya banyedisa batseba le bona gore ka maswika banyela

Apr 04, 2012 2:57 | 0 replies

SMS has no cure.......... the only way to vent out your frustration is by being aggressive

Apr 04, 2012 3:3 | 0 replies

That is why ba le kgaula marete ana because "Sidla ubusha bethu" old men like you, you should be with your wiefe and making kids not rouding tables with black label

Apr 04, 2012 3:7 | 0 replies

What do you expect from ma standard 10

Apr 04, 2012 3:19 | 0 replies

Johnny Pieterson stopp drinkiing liquorr and take time with your wifee and kidss give them the love they deserrve lerata jwala man look at your puza facce siis ftshek

Apr 04, 2012 3:20 | 0 replies

These shi-t cops called abomabherete they think they are made of steel by they are not and they blame us for cop killings nx

Apr 04, 2012 3:31 | 0 replies

@Papage

Innocent bystanders have faced de wrath of amabherete what do u say about dat. If sumtin is wrong it is wrong stop trying to justify it

Apr 04, 2012 3:41 | 0 replies