He was shot and locked up - now the cops must cough up

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He was shot and locked up - now the cops must cough up

Judge orders police to pay R7.5m damages for unlawful arrest, shooting and five months behind bars

Cape Town bureau chief

Nkululeko Msongelwa was minding his own business at a tavern with his girlfriend when police arrived and forced them to stand with their hands against a wall.

It was the start of a 158-day ordeal that included being arrested, shot, chained to a hospital bed and locked up, and which has ended almost nine years later with damages awards totalling R7.5m.

Lawyers for the minister of police did not put up a fight in the Mthatha High Court, conceding that the way police treated Msongelwa in 2011 was “despicable”...

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