Two may sue minister

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Two private investigators, one of them pregnant, have threatened to sue the Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula for wrongful arrest and assault by police.

The investigators, Jack Noge and Lethabo Dibakoane, who is 11 weeks pregnant, of Kempton Park, alleged they were assaulted and arrested without reason by three police officers in Tembisa on Monday.

They did not say how much they were demanding from Nqakula as they were still consulting their lawyers.

Noge, 37, and Dibakoane, 29, work for the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, a statutory body for private security companies.

"As we were driving, a car behind us came up behind us at high speed and kept on flicking its lights. We thought it was someone wanting to pass," said Noge.

He said he pulled over to let the car pass, but it did not, instead it stopped behind them.

"That's when we realised it was a police van. They did not use their siren or blue lights to flag us down," said Noge.

He said the police did not identify themselves, wore no name tags and searched them without cause.

"When I demanded to know what we had done they became agitated and started assaulting me. They grabbed me by my trousers and shoved me inside the van," said Noge.

The pair was taken to Tembisa police station. Tembisa police spokesman Captain Manyadza Ralidzhivha said he would investigate.