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By unknown | May 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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The Independent Complaints Directorate says it will launch a investigation into allegations of police brutality made by a KwaZulu-Natal businessman who alleges he was severely assaulted by six police officers because he parked in an emergency bay.

Mduduzi Ndlovu, 41, from Pomeroy in northern KwaZulu-Natal appeared before local magistrate Vusi Hlatshwayo this week, who ordered that he be admitted to hospital.

Ndlovu was allegedly assaulted after an argument between him and the police. He claims he was beaten up and dragged along the road in public. However, police say he was drunk, abusive and violent.

Ndlovu also accused police of refusing to open an assault case.

Dikeledi Phiri, ICD spokesman, said: "The police are not allowed to assault people. If found guilty they will face the full wrath of the law."

Ndlovu claims he was assaulted for more than 20 minutes in a police cell. After assaulting him, he said, police called a district surgeon to sedate him.

However, Captain Karel Vorster, acting station commissioner at Pomeroy said they called a district surgeon to help Ndlovu because he was in pain.

"He fell several times while being taken to a cell.

"The police even had to use pepper spray to calm him down after he broke the handcuffs," he said.


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