Afrikaner ex-commander of SAPS anti-corruption unit arrested ON TRUMPED UP MURDER-CHARGE AND FALSE CLAIMS OF MEMBERSHIP OF 'BOEREMAG' (which is not illegal in SA) ; -- dumped in cell with hardened criminals and threatened with rape, mutilation of genitals...
'WITCH-HUNT AGAINST WHITE POLICE OFFICERS BY PRETORIA METROPOLITAN POLICEMAN , HEAD OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY PORTFOLIO MPHO MMUTLE' Nov 11 2008 - Afrikaner advocate Marius Bouwer, testifying in Pretoria High Court: "I prayed that the hardened criminals in that cell did not know I was a cop'... The former 47-year-old operational commander of the SA Police's anti-corruption unit sued the SA regime for his false arrest in connection with the death of an unknown black man, found dead on the farm Soetdorings near Bultfontein, Pretoria in January 2003. Farmer Willie Nel was arrested and forced under torture to falsely link Bouwer to the unknown murdered dead man. The highly-experienced police officer quit the police service with a medical discharge in December 2003. The dead man's name has never been published, and nothing seems to be known about him. Advocate Bouwer demanded damages of R649,000 in his lawsuit against the Minister of security and safety and the Commissioner of police for the false arrest. He was arrested in 2003 after the black man's body was found -- an event, Adv. Bouwer testified, which had also 'set off a vicious witch-hunt against specific white members of the SA Police Service' by the Pretoria-metropolitan police's Mpho Mmutle. Bouwer said although he was accused of the mystery man's death, he knew nothing whatsoever about the death of this black man who, the metro-cops in Pretoria had claimed, had been shot, dragged behind a motorbike and then had a liquid poured down his throat “to make him decompose faster”... "I received a call which confirmed that a witch-hunt had been initiated against specific white police officers by the current assistant-commissioner of the Pretoria metropolitan police Mpho Mmutle.
(Background to Mmutle: he was the ex-chief of the VIP-protection unit for ex-pres. Nelson Mandela, and in Nov 2008 headed the community safety portfolio for the Pretoria municipal council... ( relevant link: 'Afrikaner farmers, smallholders around Pretoria facing genocide, demand local police chief's removal...' ) Bouwer testified: '"I was told that I would be the next person to be arrested. In December 2002, a huge police task-force descended on his farm during which the doors were broken open and damaged -- and after this event, the tension became unbearable for him at work, he said. "One waited every day that those people (the task-team investigating police officers) will walk in your home and arrest you quite illegally, that's their modus operandus,' he said. During Christmas 2002, Adv Bouwer had a breakdown, and spent five days in the Vista psychiatric clinic. Bouwer told the court he had to be admitted to the psychiatric institution over the Christmas period in 2002 as a result of the stress of waiting to be arrested on some or other charge. And after his arrest and detention, he developed nightmares and panic attacks. He was unable to concentrate, his memory was affected and his family life suffered because he withdrew from everyone. He said the humiliation was so extreme that it affected his self image. He felt as if he was worth nothing and eventually developed a bleeding ulcer because there was no finality in the charges against him.
“It leaves a bitter taste in your mouth if the employer to whom you had given 20 years of loyal service, made sacrifices for and walked the extra mile simply sits back and does nothing when you’re being treated unlawfully and maliciously,” Bouwer said. On 20 January 2003, he was contacted by Dir. Vincent Ntengu, then the area's chief of police detectives in the Pretoria region, that he ‘needed to give Bouwer a warning declaration about a murder charge pending against him'. Seven days later, Bouwer was arrested. He was not informed why he was arrested: he only heard much later that the investigating police were accusing him of an unknown black man's murder. He was given no access to any legal representative, but instead the Afrikaner policeman was held at three different police stations - in one he was thrown into a cell with 11 hardened criminals, 'murderers, armed robbers and burglars', he testified. Four days after his unlawful arrest, a magistrate in the Pretoria North regional court released him on his own recognisance and two months later the socalled 'charges' were dropped altogether due to a total lack of proof. "At times I cried like a little boy. There's simply not a greater humiliation than to be locked up innocently, and know that you were locked up for no reason at all,' he said. Bouwer was so shaken and traumatised by these events, that he was medically boarded from the police at the end of 2003.