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Cops 'assault' pregnant women

By unknown | Dec 06, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

One of the two pregnant KwaZulu-Natal women who were allegedly assaulted by police on Monday during a protest march has given birth prematurely, apparently because of injuries.

Speaking from Addington Hospital, Zethu Mabuza, 28, said she wants justice to be done for her suffering. She was eight months pregnant when she delivered.

She was in pain as she struggled to speak during the interview yesterday.

"My baby is so tiny the doctors said they are going to keep him in hospital for a while."

Mabuza, Phumelele Nsele, who is four-months pregnant, and six other people, were injured when police fired rubber bullets at protesting residents of the Siyanda informal settlement near KwaMashu.

Mabuza was allegedly assaulted and kicked in the stomach by police. She said she suffered labour pains immediately after the assault but that no one bothered to rush her to the hospital as she lay on the ground.

"The policeman who was taking my statement at Newlands police station saved my baby's life. He called for an ambulance instead of taking my statement," she said.

She gave birth at 6.30pm on Monday. The baby is being kept in an incubator.

"I am worried about my health, I am in so much pain I can't even breast-feed my baby," she said.

Nsele was allegedly hit in the back of the head when police fired rubber bullets. She is has been admitted at King Edward VIII Hospital .

Police spokesman Gugu Sabela said Mabuza should open a case of assault against the police so that investigations could commence.


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