Victim of Hillbrow police brutality seeks damages

Daveyton residents protest against police brutality earlier this year. (Photo: Muntu Vilakazi for City Press)

Daveyton residents protest against police brutality earlier this year. (Photo: Muntu Vilakazi for City Press)

Joseph Mahlangu, who was brutally assaulted by three officers in a cell at Hillbrow Police Station in 2007, won his civil claim against the police in November 2012 and is now seeking damages for general suffering and psychological trauma.

The New Age reports that Mahlangu was pepper-sprayed, punched and kicked until he became unconscious. When he regained consciousness, his stomach had swelled due to internal bleeding and he was vomiting blood. The officers demanded money before they would allow Mahlangu access to medical treatment.

 An internal police  investigation found two of the officers guilty of assault. They paid a fine and remain on duty. Read more.

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