Cops 'assault' slated
THE South African National Civics Organisation has expressed anger over the alleged assault of a hawker by four Johannesburg metro police officers
"This act is uncalled for as we come from incidents of killings of the police by taxi drivers and civilians.
"We condemned these killings of police a few days ago," Sanco spokesman Dumisane Mthalane said.
"It becomes more difficult when the men in uniform become thugs against innocent civilians."
Andries Ndlovu, 37, was beaten at Ivory Park, near Midrand, last Friday, apparently after he tried to stop the officers from beating a 60-year-old man, the Sunday Times reported.
A 22-second cellphone video of the attack was recorded by an onlooker. Officers are shown kicking and stamping on Ndlovu after he had fallen down, according to the weekly.
Sanco called on the police to "root out bad elements that tarnish" their image.
The officers allegedly beat up a 60-year-old welder, Joseph Khumalo, when he demanded a receipt or notice when his goods were impounded. Ndlovu asked the officers why they were assaulting Khumalo, he told the paper.
He was allegedly punched in the face, and he started to fight back.
Khumalo's two sons, Ananias and Michael, said they were also assaulted.
Metro police spokesman ChiefSuperintendent WayneMinnaar has asked the Sunday Times for a copy of the video so that disciplinary action could be taken.