Local man claims police broke his arm for purchasing fireworks

Local man claims police broke his arm for purchasing fireworks

- A man says that Ekurhuleni Metro Police Officers assaulted him and broke his arm

- He was confronted by the officers for purchasing fireworks when the incident occurred

- The police laid a charge of assault against the man, which he says is false

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A Gauteng man accuses Ekurhuleni Metro Police Officers of breaking his arm after assaulting him on New Year's Eve.

According to the man, Bonginkosi Biyase, he was trying to purchase fireworks from a shop in Kempton Park with his wife.

The police entered the shop and asked if he has a permit for buying fireworks. He did not and was told to return the fireworks.

After returning the fireworks, he was told to leave the shop and Bonginkosi protested, as he was waiting to get refunded by the owner.

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This is when the police tackled the complainant and in the process broke his arm, according to The South African.

SABC News reported that the officers also opened a false charge of assault against him, which he insists is false.

Bonginkosi was taken into custody and detained for 3 days.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department views the allegations in a serious light.

Kobeli Mokheseng, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Spokesperson, said no one has been questioned or arrested in the case yet.

"We did identify those officers and our units will be taking statements from those officers on Monday."

Mokheseng added that Bonginkosi shouldn’t have been questioned about whether he had a permit. Instead, that question should have been directed at the shop owner.

Bonginkosi should also have been taken to the hospital to treat his injuries before he was taken into custody.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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