Update: Officer guilty of assault

Nkosinathi Yokwana.

KNYSNA NEWS FLASH - Judgement has been passed in the long-awaited court case against the Minister of Police by a man who claims he was "unlawfully arrested, detained and assaulted” by members of the Knysna SAPS on November 1, 2014.
 
On October 3, final arguments in the matter between Nkosinathi Yokwana and the Minister of Police were heard, but the case was postponed for judgement.
 
The parties had previously agreed to separate the merits and the quantum aspects of the trial, and accordingly the judgement, given on February 27, was only on the issue of liability and not the amount.
 
Chief magistrate Isak van der Merwe found that the arresting officer had the necessary reasonable suspicion to arrest Yokwana and accordingly the arrest and detention were held to be lawful.
 
However, the court found that Yokwana had indeed been assaulted by the arresting officer as his toe had been pinned in the closed door of the police van and, when brought to the attention of the SAPS, they did not release it.
 
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