Well this happened to 25 year-old Sikhumbuzo Sibiya in 2005.
In March 2005, Sibiya was wounded during a murder and robbery at Pongola. His hijackers put him in a getaway car and after a massive shot-out with police, they ran away, leaving him inside the vehicle and then arrested. But the injuries incurred from the shoot-out left him paralyzed.
After his arrest, he was sent to Ngwelezane Hospital, where he was chained to a bed in the intensive care unit.
After a short recovery, he then spent the next 43 days in a jail. Most of this time, was spent in a cell with 60 other people in a small cell with no beds. He was not given medical attention or proper sanitary facilities.
Fellow prisoners gave him a two-litre ice-cream container with water to clean himself. Initially he asked for medical assistance but his pleas were ignored and he stopped asking. He used nappies, which were given to him at the hospital.
Due to his incontinence other prisoners complained about him. He asked to be moved to another cell and in the last two weeks before his release he was placed in a separate cell with a fellow prisoner. Again he was not given a bed.
Can you imagine anything worse? This story sounds like hell on earth.
But now, the police are paying for their mistakes.
Yesterday, Sibaya was awarded R308 750 for his unlawful arrest by Judge Sharmaine Balton in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
According to News24, the Minister of Safety and Security must pay Sibiya R215 000 for the 43 days during which he was detained in a dirty, overcrowded cell and R93 750 for being cuffed to hospital beds.
Ok, I am glad he has been awarded something – but R308 750?
Personally, I think he deserves millions for the way he was treated!
This is certainly what bad dreams are made of.