15 armed black cops search 4-member Afrikaner family's home without warrants:
PLACE: UNKNOWN. “ At around 15:50 on Friday 19 November 2010, we (four) were sitting in our front room as usual. The front gate’s bell was rung. My son, Daviyd, went out – because we have a small spaza-shop. The police stood there. They asked whether we sold alcohol. Daviyd replied: “No”. They wanted to come in and look…”
“However Daviyd said they first had to show their search-warrant. One of the black female officers made a move towards her service-pistol but then she noticed that Daviyed did not have a gun.
“Meanwhile when two of the black SAPS members were trying to climb across the wall, Daviyed alerted his dad. At this point there were three police vehicles filled with some eight black officers, men and women. They all were very aggressive towards us. We told them ‘only two’ could come inside to search and we kept asking them what they were searching for. They replied’’you will find out what we are searching for…’ We told them that we would be watching them so that they ‘could not plant any fake evidence.’ I warned them we were calling our attorney and they replied we could ‘phone twenty attorneys’. We contacted attorney Voltan Senekal and asked for advice. When the police-officers heard this they left and sat outside in their vehicles.
“Voltan advised us to ‘let them in because you have nothing to hide’.
* (comment: The attorney should have rushed there at once to demand a search warrant be shown first… it’s the LAW!)
Why was it necessary to have 15 armed black cops intimidate four unarmed white people?
“The cops meanwhile told us that they were waiting for their commander, one Brig. Le Grange. When he arrived – by now there were some 10 to 15 officers in some six vehicles and only one, Le Grange, was white. And not one had any kind of search-warrant.
“They claimed my children ‘were hiding drugs’ because ‘we would not let them inside.’ The children meanwhile went to hide our little pet dogs because we were afraid the dogs might bite the cops.
“So they searched our entire property without any arrest warrants – and found absolutely nothing – except some ginger-ale. Me and my children aren’t crooks.
“They even tore apart my fifteen-year-old daughter’s room, searching underneath her knitting-machine and nearly dumping her sewing-machine from her desk. Then they searched my 18-year-old son’s bedroom. They asked him about the bird-seed which was scattered on the floor – and he showed them his pet pigeon he’d hidden beneath the bed. Only when they saw the pigeon, were they satisfied the seeds were not drugs. My children feel that these cops invaded their privacy.
“Why was it necessary to have fifteen black police officers come and intimidated four unarmed white people?
Three of the registration numbers of the police vehicles were BRL 525 B; BRV 410 B; and BNW 360 B.
Most of the SAPS members also did not have any name-tags even though this is required by law.
Unfortunately we thus cannot provide their names except Brig Le Grange’s name.