Students attack, racially abuse woman: cop probed
A BRUTAL attack in which a 52-year-old mother-of-six was beaten and racially abused, allegedly by five university students, could see a Claremont, Cape Town, police detective facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and bribery.
It is alleged the policeman had tried to make the charges go away.
Delia Adonis, 52, a cleaner at Stadium on Main in Claremont, laid charges after she was severely beaten, allegedly by a group of young men, who she claimed were drunk, in the shopping centre’s parking area last month.
The Manenberg woman said yesterday she had witnessed the five men leave Tiger Tiger nightclub before they waited outside in Main Road for another patron, who they attacked once outside.
After she assisted the victim by getting the attention of law enforcement officers, she went to the parking area to have a smoke.
“They were waiting for me and started swearing at me. They asked why I helped that guy,” she said.
Adonis’s son Tesh-Lee, 17, works at the mall as a cleaner part-time. “My son came to ask me for the keys to the storeroom,” she said.
Tesh-Lee said he saw the men circling his mother. “I asked them: ‘Who do you think you are swearing at?’ and then one of them said: ‘This coloured b***h’,” he said.
“Then I heard them say: ‘You’re a coloured c**t, you coloured motherf****r’, to my mother.
“One of them kicked her from behind. She fell over and they all started kicking her over her body.
Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk confirmed that they were investigating an assault case.
“At this stage we cannot give the media any information regarding the detective in question.”
University of Cape Town spokeswoman Kemantha Govender said the incident was very serious. They would investigate and take action.
BEATEN AND ABUSED: Delia Adonis, 52, with her son Tesh-Lee at her Cape Town home.