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May 1 2012 1:45PM
 
One-legged man sues the police
SUED: Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
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Itumeleng Mafisa

A one-legged disabled man who was beaten by police is preparing to sue the Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa.

Sipho Ndlovu, 38, from Lenasia in the south of Johannesburg, was beaten and tortured by police at his home while he and his wife and child were sleeping in the early hours of a Saturday morning in January.

Yesterday Ndlovu said he planned on suing the minister for R500000.

The one-legged man was accused of being a robber by police who beat him up badly, but later realised that they had the wrong man.

Ndlovu said what angered him most was that he was called a “monkey” and stripped of his dignity by the police who threatened to shoot his leg.

“Even when they discovered that they had the wrong man they did not apologise,” he said.

The electrician who repairs broken appliances at his house said he felt the police were not taking his case seriously because he was not educated.

Spokesperson for the Lenasia police Hector Netshivhodza, said police had not made any arrests since the case was reported. Netshivhodza, said the process of arrests had dragged because Sipho had not made himself available for an identity parade. “Sometimes the problem is that the police want to protect each other. The complainant must also avail himself so we can speed up the process of making arrests.”

Ndlovu’s lawyer, Abram Dale, told The New Age that he had sent a letter of demand to the minister of police outlining the intention to sue.

On the other hand, four metro police officers who were caught on video beating up a hawker in Ivory Park, north of Johannesburg are facing an internal disciplinary process, said the Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar.

The hawker, Andries Ndlovu, 37, was beaten up last Friday, apparently after he tried to stop the officers from beating a 60-year-old co-hawker.

A cellphone video of the attack was recorded by an onlooker. Officers are shown kicking and stamping on Ndlovu after he had fallen down.

Minnaar confirmed that the officers were still on duty.

itumelengm@thenewage.co.za

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