A 35-year-old man from Bonteheuwel told the Daily Voice that the Anti-Gang Unit entered his home, on Wednesday, in search of guns. During the search, the unit allegedly assaulted, shot and kidnapped the man from his home.
The man said there were close to 12 cops who entered his house, asking if he had any guns. “They turned the house upside down and shot me in the neck with a rubber bullet.”
He also claims that he was shot in the buttocks, reports the publication.
“They beat me until I was out of breath. I said they can search the whole house, we have no guns here.”
The man’s 27-year-old brother has scars of his own to prove the alleged assault.
After realizing that he was badly beaten, the unit then allegedly took the man to their van and parked close to Bonteheuwel Police Station, says the victim.
He said, “They covered me with a sweater when they were taking me out so the community couldn’t see that I was injured.”
He says the police then called him an ambulance and registered him under a false name and area.
There was growing concern from his family after he did not return home on Thursday. They then began checking hospitals.
“At Tygerberg Hospital, they said the person who matched his description was from Khayelitsha and I was encouraged to report him as missing,” says the man’s sister.
Just as she was about to open a missing persons case, the man appeared and informed her that he was admitted to Tygerberg Hospital.
“The unit is abusing its powers and has been beating my brothers,” said the sister. “If my brothers have a case to answer, why not arrest them instead of beating them?”
According to the publication, the brothers are afraid to open a case.
“Kindly encourage the victims to open criminal cases that will be referred to Ipid for further handling,” said police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.