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By unknown | Nov 15, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

Kabelo Thibedi still has no identity document - five days after a magistrate ordered the police to release it.

Thibedi's saga began in 2003 when he applied for a reissue of his ID book. After being fobbed off for two years by Home Affairs officials, he finally lost his temper and held a Home Affairs official hostage last year.

Though his ID was flown in from Pretoria during the hostage drama, police confiscated it when they arrested him for kidnapping.

It was handed in as an exhibit during his trial.

Last Thursday magistrate Lucas van der Schyff, who sentenced Thibedi to five years, ordered the police to return Thibedi's ID.

Thibedi, who is out on bail, pending an appeal, told Sowetanhe went to the police on Friday to collect his ID, but was told to return yesterday.

But yesterday Thibedi said "the investigating officer told me that I should come back on Thursday. "He said the chief investigating officer needed to sign the docket before they could release my ID. He apologised for the inconvenience."

l Jafta Mphahlani, Thibedi's lawyer, lashed out at the police for their conduct.

"As far as I understand the law, the police are now in contempt of court.

"The court order stipulated that the ID be released, but they have not done so. It should have been released on the day the order was made."


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