Police in no hurry

NO JUSTICE: George Maduna. Pic. Mohau Mofokeng. 30/11/06. © Sowetan.
NO JUSTICE: George Maduna. Pic. Mohau Mofokeng. 30/11/06. © Sowetan.

Thembela Khamango

Thembela Khamango

Police are still to lift a finger and investigate assault charges against their colleagues.

It has been three weeks since four cash-in-transit security guards laid charges of assault against four policemen, but nobody has been arrested yet.

George Maduna and three of his colleagues were arrested after millions of rands were stolen from Midrand's Coin security depot recently.

They were released a few days later with severe wounds after undergoing what they described as torture and assault by police.

When Sowetan first published the incident about two weeks ago, national police spokesman Phuti Setati sent a statement saying they "viewed the torture allegations against the SAPS in a very serious light and have already launched intensive investigations into it".

But weeks later Maduna and his colleagues have not been contacted by the investigating officer, nor have they heard anything on the case's development.

"I do not think the policemen are taking this case seriously," said Maduna yesterday.

Approached for a comment, East Rand police spokesman Superintendent Andy Pieke said: "Nobody has been arrested yet. We do not have a time frame on our investigations. I cannot answer your question as to why we have not been able to arrest anyone till now."