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By Reports by Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi and Sibongile Mashaba | Jan 26, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ONE of the self-confessed criminals who threatened to "rob and kill" tourists during the 2010 World Cup claimed yesterday he was assaulted by the police.

"I cannot hear properly. I was assaulted by police and my hearing has been affected," Tsietsi Mdebula-Radebe said, touching his ears to demonstrate to a Johannesburg magistrate.

"I even lost my shoes," he said.

Mdebula-Radebe, 36, was arrested on Thursday in Tshepisong on the West Rand. He is one of two men featured in a story aired on two weeks ago.

The men vowed to rob tourists and shoot to kill if they found themselves in danger during the international soccer spectacle which starts in June. Their identities were concealed.

Magistrate Theunis Carstens said he could only help Mdebula-Radebe with a doctor but not a pair of shoes.

Mdebula-Radebe is expected to apply for bail next month. He was out on parole for robbery. The search for the other criminal continues and police claim they know where he is and will arrest him soon.

Lucky Phungula, of Zola in Soweto, who was the source for the story, committed suicide a week ago. He was found dead after eating poisoned yoghurt.


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