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Cops raid 'wrong man' naked in bath

By unknown | Nov 10, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

Vuyolwethu Sangotsha

A taxi operator has laid charges against police officers who allegedly entered his house and pointed firearms at him.

Kwanele Thoba, of NU1, Mdantsane, also accused the East London police of harassing him.

He claimed they barged into his house on Wednesday while he was having a bath.

"I heard dogs barking outside and decided to check what was happening," Thoba said.

'To my surprise I saw a group of armed men wearing navy uniforms.

"They saw me and they opened the door with the barrel of their firearm," he said.

Thoba said that, naked as he was, the three policemen pointed firearms at him and ordered him to raise his arms.

They then unceremoniously forced him out of the bathroom.

He said they asked him if he was Vusumzi Klaas.

Despite assuring them he was not the man they were looking for, the police officers ordered him to go to their vehicle.

At this stage his wife heard the noise outside their home and went to investigate.

"I asked them to show me the document linking me to the crime they were harassing me for," Thoba said.

"When I checked the docket my name was not there."

Thoba said he has laid a complaint against the policemen at NU1 police station.

"I'm still reeling from the shock that nearly killed me," Thoba said, referring to the police raid.

Captain Leon Fortune said a case of pointing a firearm and unlawful entrance to a property was being investigated.

Fortune said it was alleged that the police officers were looking for a suspect.

He was unable to confirm whether the suspect for whom the police were looking was staying with the complainant.

Fortune said three police officers were being questioned with regard to the incident.


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