A case of common assault has been opened against a policeman after a New Brighton teenager was allegedly assaulted in front of shocked witnesses who said the young woman was attacked without reason.
Nombuyiselo Sume, 17, says she is traumatised after the incident which allegedly happened at about 8pm on Thursday at the New Brighton police station.
Nombuyiselo, who had been at a hair salon opposite, said she had gone to find her mother, Noxolo Sume, who was at the police station to open a fraud case.
“I had just finished at a house opposite the New Brighton police station. I called my mom to come and pay. Because we were opposite the station we decided to walk there.
“There was a police officer at the gate. He asked us what we were doing at the police station. I told him that my mom was inside,” Nombuyiselo said.
She claims that when she entered the police station the policeman followed her and told her she should leave.
“He started dragging and pushing me around. I hit a pot plant and he kept on pushing me. When I was out the police station he slapped me in the face. I was very embarrassed as people were staring,” she said. “I felt so violated. I am still traumatised and shaken by the incident.”
Noxolo said that on hearing the commotion she went outside and saw the policeman hitting her daughter. “I could not believe it when I saw him manhandling my daughter.
“He slapped her in the face. I asked him what the problem was, but he was fuming.
“I demanded to know why did he had slapped my daughter. Why was it wrong for her to go into the police station.
“He failed to answer all that. Even his colleagues tried to protect him when they refused to give me his details as he was not wearing his name tag,” she said.
She said she had managed to lay a complaint even though the officer refused to give his name.
Police spokesman Mncedi Mbombo confirmed a case of common assault had been registered. “We don’t have the identity of the person who did this but an ID parade will be done.
“It will be sent to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate [IPID] for investigation.”
IPID spokesman Moses Dlamini said the directorate had not yet received the case but was expecting it today or tomorrow.
Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union provincial secretary Zamikhaya Sikade said the station commander would be able to identify the officer as he had all the names of staff on that shift.