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Family sues cops for not responding to calls

23 October 2014, 12:17

Johannesburg - Members of a Johannesburg family are suing the police for over KES 7, 700, 000, claiming they did not respond to numerous calls for help during threats of violence by an estranged husband, The Star reported on Thursday.

A bed-ridden woman was doused in petrol and set alight, allegedly by her daughter's husband, in November last year.

This came after the daughter had filed for a divorce and she and her sister had secured a protection order.


The family had reportedly spent years living in fear due to his abusive nature.

Also read: 'Endowed' cop Linda Okello sues police for harassment

The family filed a civil lawsuit against the police after they allegedly ignored the sisters and their lawyer nine times when they reported his threats at the Sophiatown police station, the daily reported.

The damages claim is directed at the Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, and four police officers stationed at Sophiatown.

The woman's husband allegedly threatened her and her mother with a firearm in September 2013, The Star reported.

He also threatened to burn their house down after they obtained the protection order.

He also allegedly assaulted his sister-in-law.



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