A single Savannah Park mother is devastated and scared for her life after her special needs son and his friend were allegedly brutally assaulted and forced to drink petrol by a Durban Metro Police officer, who accused them of stealing from his house.
The victim’s mother, 48-year-old Sibongile Mthethwa suffers from high blood pressure and also lives in close proximity to the Metro cop’s house.
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She told the Rising Sun that her 13-year-old son, Sinqobile, is beside himself and is unable to eat since the incident. He is continuously having nightmares as well.
A distraught Mthethwa said, “How can you force a 13-year-old to drink petrol despite knowing that he is a special needs child? I am so heartbroken and devastated. I suffer from high blood pressure and this incident has compounded the problem. The only thing that went through my mind was that I cannot have two funerals in a row since I lost my husband, last year.”
She claimed that this incident has sparked rage and anger. “All I want is justice for my son. The police are meant to protect us and not take matters into their own hands. The police officer in question also pointed his service pistol at my son and his friend and forced them to admit that they had broken into his home on Saturday, before forcing them to drink petrol,” she added. Both teens are special needs pupils at the Ningizimu Special School.
KwaZulu-Natal social development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, condemned the incident.
“We are alarmed and quite frankly‚ disgusted by this incident. It is very shocking that an officer of the law will point a firearm at children and force them to admit to have broken into his home. We will not tolerate any form of behaviour that threatens the safety and well-being of children. It also worsens the situation that nothing was found from these vulnerable children. We are really taken aback by these allegations involving police officers, who are supposed to be custodians of the law. How does a person get the audacity to point a firearm at children and force them to drink petrol,” she said.
Provincial police spokeswoman, Cpt Nqobile Gwala confirmed that charges of attempted murder and kidnapping were under investigation at Mariannhill SAPS.
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“We have arrested a man, who will appear in the Pinetown Magistrates Court,” she said.
Durban Metro Police spokesman, Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, is aware of the alleged incident. He said that they are conducting an internal investigation.
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