Cops accused of beating up Soweto add icts
RECOVERING drug addicts have allegedly been on the receiving end of police brutality, reportedly triggered by the good press the group of addicts received recently.
The group of recovering addicts, from Orlando in Soweto, two weeks ago told The Sunday Independent about their desire to change and create a drug free society.
According to the youngsters, the police officers attacked them after the article appeared in the paper on September 23.
Elizabeth Masilo, one of the young people who formed a nonprofit organisation, said a police officer called her “Miss Newspaper” in the first attack on September 25.
“The same happened again on Wednesday night.
“This was because of the article… They came two days after the article was published,” said Masilo.
When The Sunday Independent visited the group on Friday, Masilo had a bruised eye, while her friend was limping.
“They came with pipes, sjamboks and metal objects and beat us. They even told some of the guys to strip naked, and (they) beat them.
“They told me to shut up when I told them they shouldn’t beat us,” she said.
The Sunday Independent has seen pictures of the recovering addicts with scars and bruises.
“The sad part of it is that I told them I am only trying to help the guys quit their habit as they are struggling.
“This was not fair because even on Wednesday they didn’t find substances on any one of us. They just beat us for nothing,” he said.
Orlando West police spokesperson Nomvula Mbense confirmed the case was opened on Friday.
“Those were police from the Orlando cluster and we will investigate the matter.
“This was not right, they are not allowed to beat people,” said Mbense.
Moses Dlamini, a spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), said the case had not been reported to the police watchdog.