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Judge slams policewomen for humiliating man in women’s month arrest

Thirty arresting officers, handcuffs, sirens and feminist song were unnecessary, and have cost the police R75k

Cape Town bureau chief

Thirty policewomen handcuffed a father who had missed a maintenance court hearing and sang Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo (You strike a woman, you strike a rock) as they marched him out of his office in the city centre.

Now the incident has cost the police R75,000 after an East London judge said it was orchestrated during women’s month in 2017 to humiliate Phumzile Mahlanza.

Judge Mbulelo Jolwana said the arrest “was possibly an elaborate, well-designed and carefully executed plan to embarrass” Mahlanza, possibly at the behest of the mother of his child, a colleague of the police officers...

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