Thabo Rametsi, an actor who is renowned for his lead role in Kalushi, has been allegedly been attacked by a group of CPF members during the festive season
Thabo Rametsi, famous for his part in the Solomon Mahlangu biopic, says that he had been brutalised by a group of Johannesburg Community Policing Forum members over the holidays.
The 30-year-old spoke to the Sowetan yesterday and revealed that he had been ‘kicked and punched’ by the group in the Joburg CBD after defending his friend Miahs Moloto, a stylist.
His girlfriend Bokang Phelane, also an actress, and filmmaker Vanessa Mojapelo had also been with him at the time of the incident.
After collecting clothes for a photo shoot six men had approached the group.
"Out of nowhere six guys came out and grabbed him [Moloto] by his arms and started going through his pockets. I thought he was getting robbed and as I went to stop these guys, some tall guy comes and shows me a police badge - but they are all dressed in civilian clothes. So I'm like 'I don't care what you guys are doing, you can't hold and treat him like that because you haven't explained anything to him'. As I do that he tells me that I'm disrespectful."
The actor says that at this point in time he had been mobbed and beaten.
"Out of nowhere a bunch of people just grabbed my arms and they were wearing orange and blue uniform with the police emblem on them. This one tall guy smacked me across my face and a bunch of them just came and started beating me - I think it was more than 20 of them.This one guy asked for a whip. They gave it to him and he whipped me three times - one time across the face and the back. This one guy came and grabbed me by the balls.I heard from a friend and I'm not sure, but the only reason they stopped beating me was because someone mentioned that this guy is an actor."
Moloto confirmed Rametsi’s version of events saying:
"They told us they are trying to clean Joburg. It made me feel so vulnerable and unsafe. These are the people that claim to protect, but at the same time they are harassing people on the street. I felt so humiliated and scared for my life. Now, I don't know who to trust."
Rametsi has opened a case of assault at Joburg Central police station and is in the process of filing a complaint with the IPID as well as pursuing a civil case.
"I have called a representative from Ipid, he asked me to send him the case number and told me to call him tomorrow. I have also communicated with a civil lawyer and I'm just waiting until he comes back from holiday next week."
Colonel Lungelo Dlamini has confirmed the case has been opened against the CPF members but has in the meantime been closed. Dlamini could not divulge the reason why.
"On the system the case shows that it has been withdrawn but I still have to get hold of the investigating officer to find out why the case was closed,"
Moses Dlamini, Spokesperson for the IPID has commented that the matter has not been reported to the IPID by the SAPS and that they would follow up with it.
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