- A South African businessman is dragging SA police to court after they shot him in the back and assaulted him
- According to George Mamosadi, he was stopped at a roadblock during the lockdown and as he left, he was pursued by cops who ended up shooting him
- Mamosadi has now decided to sue the officers involved for trauma and injuries he sustained during the harrowing incident
A South African businessman has made the decision to sue officers at the SA Police Service following a harrowing incident that had occurred several months ago. According to 42-year-old George Mamosadi from Emalahleni, he is suing the cops R200 000 for trauma and injuries he received following a roadblock seven months ago.
The business explains that he had been pulled over during a routine roadblock that occurred during the national lockdown. Mamosadi explains that he had pulled over and then was told that he could drive off.
Shortly thereafter, the same cops began a high-speed chase after him which resulted in him getting both assaulted and shot in his back. The cops justified the attack by saying that he had refused to stop at a roadblock - something Mamosadi denies, even claiming that he had had a permit to be driving during that time.
The Sowetan now reports that Mamosadi has acquired a lawyer and has sent a letter of demand to Police Minister Bheki Cele - R50,000 for unlawful arrest and detention, R100,000 for assault and R50,000 for contumelia (insult to dignity).
His lawyer has confirmed that the necessary documents are being exchanged so that the court proceedings may begin. A court date has subsequently not yet been set.
Briefly.co.za also reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele has encouraged cops to be firm when facing off with criminals in December. Cele had addressed officers during the Safer Festive Season inspection tour in the Northern Cape, insisting that cops use 'deadly force' if they needed to defend themselves:
“It’s important to be hard on criminals. You have no reason to have a relationship with hardcore criminals."
The minister explained that criminals prepare for major heists, part of which is preparing to 'eliminate whoever is in their way'. Cele pointed out that crooks don't carry broomsticks and feather dusters:
"They carry hard stuff. That’s why we give you hard stuff.”
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