Friends lay charges against metro cops for assault, damage to property

Two Birch Acres friends have opened a case of malicious damage to property and lodged a complaint with the metro police after allegedly being bullied by EMPD officers in Ekurhuleni, the Kempton Express reports.

According to Robert van Zyl, 32, and Llewellyn Swanepoel, 25, they were manhandled by metro police officers who had stopped them at a routine roadblock on Mooirivier Drive.

It is alleged they ripped off the front number plate of Swanepoel’s car, which damaged the paint on parts of the bumper.

“We were driving up Mooirivier towards Checkers on our way to buy airtime, and just as we approached the gym on the left-hand side of the road, we were pulled over by the metro police who asked to see my licence,” Swanepoel said.

“Without even looking at it, he went straight to the front of the car and told me my licence plate was wrong, and I asked what he meant.”

They told Swanepoel his registration plate was false because it was supposed to have a silver line going across the registration plate.

“I did not understand because I bought this car two and a half years ago, and I have been through roadblocks, changed my licence disc and completed roadworthiness tests, but nothing was ever wrong.”

Caxton News Service

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