Cop gets cool-off time after DJ street fracas

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A police reservist who allegedly assaulted popular radio personalities Alex Mthiyane and Sithembiso Shangase has been suspended.

Superintendent Zethu Ngobese yesterday confirmed that the police have take action against the reservist.

"Apart from the criminal case laid against him by Shangase, we have conducted a departmental investigation because it is uncalled for for police to act the way he did," said Ngobese.

Mthiyane and Shangase were arrested at the weekend after a scuffle outside Mthiyane's house in Durban North.

Shangase got into a heated argument with a plainclothes police officer who wanted to search him.

Shangase said a commotion ensued and Mthiyane filmed it.

But the police took Mthiyane's video camera and erased all its picture files, then arrested him for impersonating a police officer.

Shangase was charged with resisting arrest and with assault.

But the duo laid counter charges of assault against the police.

Mthiyane hosts Alex and the Crew at iGagasi FM in Durban. He is also a station spokesman and head of news. Shangase is the station's news editor.