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Cop 'attack' investigated

By unknown | Nov 27, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

A case of assault has been opened against two Cullinan detectives for allegedly torturing a Mpumalanga domestic worker earlier this month.

Sarah Mashaba, 51, of Moloto in Mpumalanga, who is a domestic worker at Wagendrift in Cullinan, was allegedly tortured by police investigating a robbery at her employer's home on November 5.

Mashaba, a mother of eight, reported that she had her feet and hands bound with electric cables and was ordered to lie face down under a bed by two gunmen who ransacked her employer's house. The robbers made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and valuables.

Two days after the robbery, she was taken in for questioning by two detectives who allegedly applied electric shocks to her body in an effort to force her to admit that she knew the robbers and to reveal their identities.

Captain Lucas Sithole yesterday confirmed that two officers had interviewed Mashaba at her employer's home and a case of assault had been opened against the policemen.

Sithole said the matter would be investigated and if the allegations were found to be true, disciplinary steps would be taken against those responsible.

According to Mashaba, who was forced to take a lie detector test shortly after the robbery, she was allegedly taken to a disused house where the two officers covered her head with a big cloth, handcuffed her hands behind her back and repeatedly shocked her with electric cables.


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