Police brutality in spotlight

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 April 2011

The Democratic Alliance has expressed dismay at the death of 45-year-old Jeanette Odendaal on the East Rand yesterday, apparently at the hands of the police.

It is believed that Odendaal had crashed her car into a police vehicle outside the Kempton Park station. A sergeant then reportedly came out and shot her.

The DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard says the incident is unacceptable, especially considering the recent death of Ficksburg protestor Andries Tatane. Kohler Barnard however welcomes the fact that the sergeant was immediately arrested.

A witness is disputing the police version of Odendaal’s death. The man says a shot was fired at her car before she crashed into the police vehicle. The sergeant will appear in court tomorrow.

In Cape Town, police members have been caught on closed-circuit television cameras handcuffing a local nightclub owner.

The footage, captured at Woodstock’s Dreams Sports Bar, showa a man being hit repeatedly until he falls over.

He was being investigated for possible liquor law transgressions. One of his friends, says she was also attacked after she questioned the assault.


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