Stu­dents at­tack, racially abuse woman: cop probed

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - CARLO PETERSEN

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.

PIC­TURE: BREN­TON GEACH

BEATEN AND ABUSED: Delia Ado­nis, 52, with her son Tesh-Lee at her Cape Town home.

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