Sunday Observer : 2019-01-06

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SundayObserver NEWS 5 January 6, 2019 Boy beaten by cops during search A Shongwe was hiding. He said they took him to one of the teachers’ quarters, where Shongwe’s lover reportedly resides. Upon arrival in the house, Shongwe’s girlfriend is said to have told them that she had no idea where her lover was. The boy said while he was in the police vehicle, he heard Shongwe’s girlfriend crying and the police returned and drove away. The police later dropped the teenager. “I lost my phone while my wristwatch was also damaged beyond repairs,” he said. He estimated that the cost of the lost phone and wristwatch totalled up to E3 000. The incident was confirmed by the teenager’s father, Rulf Motsa on Friday. Motsa said he was bitter over the police brutality. He said the family was going to take legal actions against the police. Furthermore, Motsa said police had failed to give him justifiable reasons as to why they assaulted his child. n 18-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted by police during their alleged search for Vuvulane farmers’ ringleader Sithembiso Shongwe. The incident happened on Thursday at around 20:24hrs in one of the popular hangout spots at Vuvulane. The plain clothed police officers are said to have arrived in the area and started chasing after the fun-lovers. During the mad rush, one of the officers is said to have grabbed the 18-year-old boy and assaulted him. More troops are said to have also joined their colleague and assaulted the boy without any provocation. The teenager, during an interview with this publication, confirmed he was assaulted with open hands, kicks as well as fists. He sustained visible injuries on his right arm and he said he was feeling pain all over his body. The teenager said all the time he was assaulted he was handcuffed. He said as the police were taking him to their vehicle, they said he should tell them where off PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 . . . . . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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