Police assaulted us, claim friends
FOUR North West police officers have been fingered as being involved in an alleged vicious attack on two men earlier this month.
Friends Thabo Lesomo, 34, and Mojalefa Mofokeng, 25, said they were badly assaulted by the officers on Monday September 3.
The officers are all stationed at the Swartruggens police station.
Mofokeng said he was handcuffed when one of the officers accused them of stealing his safe with R30000 in it and started assaulting them.
"One of the officers stepped on the handcuffs with such force it left deep cuts on my wrists and nearly dislocated my shoulders," he said.
Mofokeng said he was also hit in the face with a gun holster. He added that this left him with a swollen left eye.
"One officer put two black refuse bags over my head and held them tightly around my neck," he said.
"I could not breathe and pleaded with him to stop hurting me. Instead he used an electric shocker on my upper body."
Lesomo, of Borolelo near Swartruggens, said he was dragged from a local drinking hole by the police.
"One of the policemen said I had stolen a safe with R30,000 from his house. I was taken to the police station where I was handcuffed and assaulted," he said.
Lesomo said the handcuffs around his wrists were so tight his hands became numb.
"I still cannot feel anything in my hands," he said.
He said he spent the night in the cells and that the assault continued the following day.
"They put a plastic bag over my head and suffocated me while they continued to assault me," Lesomo said.
"The following day they called in a white police officer who shocked us using s cattle prod. While he was doing this he kept referring to us as 'kaffirs' and his colleagues, who are all black, were laughing."
North West police spokesman Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said he was aware of the matter and added that the case was being handled by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).
IPID spokesman Moses Dlamini, had not responded at the time of going to print.
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