Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Woman "Manhandled" for double parking (summary)



Abuse of power by the police and traffic authorities has come under the spotlight following the broadcast of film footage showing Tshwane Metro police members manhandling a woman, handcuffing and arresting her for a parking violation.

The incident, which happened at the end of November last year, was captured by one of the Tshwane municipality's security cameras.

The footage - broadcast by Carte Blanche on Sunday night and soon to be made available on YouTube - shows the brutal treatment of 24-year-old Magdel Steyn who was jailed overnight for double parking.

The video material was made public by AfriForum as part of its "Police Abuse of Power Barometer" project.

On the day of the incident Magdel and her mother Annemarie Steyn had driven from Germiston to Pretoria for business. Magdel had dropped her mother off at the Registrar of Companies at the corner of Meintjies and Esselen Streets in Sunnyside and went to park nearby, joining a line of cars that were double-parked.

A metro official in a marked vehicle hooted at her, prompting her to move forward. He hooted again and so she drove around the block and parked on the opposite side of the intersection on the curb when he confronted her angrily as she sat in her car.

"Immediately he was very aggressive. He just told me: 'What's your problem, why can't you move?' I tried to explain she'll be back within five minutes. After telling him the story I closed my window and he started banging with his fist against the window. And I actually started getting scared because he was really using quite a bit of force," said Steyn.

She tried to move her car again, but a group of Metro officers swooped on her, just as her mother arrived back at the car.

About 11 traffic officials were shown to take control of the situation as Steyn was grabbed by a female Metro officer who threw her against the roof of a Metro tow truck. She was told that her car was to be impounded.

Annemarie Steyn, who kept pleading for an explanation for what wrong had been done, was prevented from helping her daughter who was pushed around and roughly cuffed with her hands behind her back.

Metro police spokesman Console Tleane said Magdel had failed to heed verbal warnings that she was obstructing traffic and therefore endangering the lives of other road users. The circumstances had come about because she had been unco-operative, prompting the Metro official to call for back-up.

Magdel spent the night at the Sunnyside police cells, while her frantic mother was told she would be charged with attempted murder. However, the next morning Magdel was charged in court with reckless and negligent driving and ordered to pay an admission of guilt fine of R1 500 to go free.

She did this and now has a criminal record.

The Steyn family has laid criminal charges against the Tshwane Metro police for Magdel's injuries and suffering as well as thousands of rands stolen from her impounded car, and damage caused to the interior because the windows were left open during a rain storm.

Tleane said the entire matter was under investigation, and no action has been taken against anyone.

Nantes Kelder, AfriForum's head of community safety, called for condemnation of the incident.

"AfriForum has already discussed the matter with Francois Beukman, the Executive Director of the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD).

"The incident is regarded in a serious light and the ICD will investigate it further," Kelder said yesterday.

19 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

Whatever actually transpired here (and I've no doubt that Magdel is a fiesty, defiant gal, bless her heart) the response was overwhelmingly disproportionate. Blacks will take you on Big Time, if they perceive any hint of racism from you. My advice to whites in SA, if you can get out, do it ASAP. If you cannot leave or choose to remain, become compliant; any resistance or defiance is futile. You will be bullied and harangued until you are on your knees bleeding.

Anonymous said...

As much as it makes one's blood boil, I would not place any bets on any of the law inforcers being taken to task....Yawn!!! another one to be swept under the carpet.....

Anonymous said...

"The incident is regarded in a serious light and the ICD will investigate it further," Kelder said yesterday."

Ja ja!!! what ever.......

FishEagle said...

Scary!

Islandshark said...

A very clear example of why certain people should never be in positions of power.

Anonymous said...

When will you wake up and smell the coffee....taking the metro to task is akin to smacking a rino with a powder puff. Get out white man.

Max said...

There are a few things that I hate in life and here is a list of some.
Communists, liberals, islamists, kaffirs (white and black) Jew haters and my latest addition is.... well what should we call them? The flee fraternity, run baby run dummies, get out while you can crank pots. I wish these escape artists would shut the fuck up and realize that millions of us are stuck in South Africa and there is no where to go, so stop fucking telling us to get out, if you have not got anything better to say then shut the fuck up. PLEASE

Anonymous said...

Why are whites still in SA? Is it because of what it once was? Is it because it was once a beautiful country to live in, some say the most beautiful on this planet? Is it because the standard of living was once one of the best in the world? Yes, it was these things, and more. But the operative word here is WAS. Sorry folks, It´s not these things any more, and it never will be again. Stop living in the past. It only hurts, and serves no purpose at all, other than provokes anger, frustration and all the other negative emotions that make ones life miserable.
It´s Time to trek my friends. Leave the kaffirs to get on with it, and for heavens sake, don´t stay there bailing out the sinking ship. You are farting against thunder, my friends. Get the hell out of this kaffir country and enjoy what time you have left on this spaceship without worrying about KAFFIRS. Let them die in their own shit.
It´s just the kind thing to do.

Anonymous said...

@Max - there are a lot of whites that can't leave, but there are a lot that are "wait and see". I say good luck to everyone. I think whoever can should leave, but that's the individual's choice. I got out a few years ago and now live in a first world country - the difference is amazing - almost like the old SA. I stopped looking over my shoulder within days and I don't worry if I drive with my car doors unlocked. Such small things, but so freeing.

Anonymous said...

@Max here here well said.

@Anon 08:23, all good and well to say get out while you can. What happens when things start going wrong in your new country, what are you going to do? Keep running for the rest of your life? Who the hell wants to do that.

I have a sister returning home from the UK after nearly 20 years of living there. Why?. The crap we are going through here in SA is happening in the rest of the world.

Sean said...

@Anon 17:26. Please stop with the utter crap! You cannot even come close to comparing the UK to SA. In the UK there was an investigation into the suspect spending of MPs. What happened they were forced to pay the money back. In SA this simply would not happen at all (just look at the travel gate scandal)! Perhaps the only thing which is much worse in the UK than SA is the weather.

Anonymous said...

@ Max: - Best is you stay put there in SA if you don't like white kaffirs, because Oz and NZ are overrun with them.

It's getting to me lately...

Exzanian said...

Max - Run baby run? You have no idea what you are talking about old son. It takes a lot of guts to leave. I did it at age 39, so if you are young enough, you can do it too, with or without a passport. The problem is that whites feel they have too much to lose. They love their lapas, swimming pools and Sunday braai's too much. Well son, the age of the pot bellied, affluent white is coming to a swift end in Azania, it's time to grow a spine and get out of that shit hole!

Max said...

I don't know about you a-holes but this is still my country, this is the country that my for fathers fought for, this is a country that has stood proud for 300years through many challenges and hardships and I'm not about to give up now. South Africa is the end of the road for white Africans and we must face the ultimate fight, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.
I do not condemn those that have left, but fuck I hate those who sit in their crystal towers and shout the odds, knowing that there will be many millions left at the mercy of savage Africa.
The saying goes like this, if you cannot help at least do not hurt.
Good luck to you all living in the lap of luxury and safety, if you want to help just shut up, we South Africans don't need to be told to run.

Exzanian said...

Max, if you want to stay in ZA and be happy, as I said before, that will be OK, just comply with what black boy says. You will be tolerated and have a home, but if you try shout the odds, you are gonna get "bliksemmed" by black boy, just like Magdel was. These fuckers outnumber us 15 to 1, so if necessary, 11 boons will overpower one young white female because she had a flippant attitude. For you, there will be 111....Sorry boet, I'm on your side but there is only one solution, find a way out...

Anonymous said...

@Max

Whatever your situation is now, and whatever your reasons are for not wanting to leave, so be it. Point of fact is, some people have left and would like to see others come to safety as well, and thus their (and my) suggestion that they leave SA. What will it take to change YOUR mind? A rape or murder of a loved one, the la-la land images of a seccession to the Cape? The sooner white people fuck off from SA, the sooner the (small) chance of the zot realising how much they need YT to exist. Them maybe SA ca become a livable country again. Until then, allow the unblinkered realists to view their opinions on the right to leave SA

Max said...

Exzanian, I know what you are saying, fear has driven many away and I understand that, but I truly believe that those of us that are left, with support, not discouragement, can make it work.
As fearful as I am I know in my heart of hearts that in solidarity and unity we will succeed.
All I am asking of those that have left, do not put fear in the hearts of those who cannot, or do not wish to leave.
We need support and encouragement to fight the inevitable fight, just as there is only one solitary old white man fighting against Mugabe so there must be three or two or one or less million fighting for the white Africans in South Africa.

Max said...

You know Exzanian the odds my be against us, but the first time in African history the odds are against the savages, they are facing an enemy that can no longer run (never experienced before)which poses a unique situation what do they do now?
Like a dog that chases a bus, what does he do when he catches it? Runs like hell when the bus backfires.

Anonymous said...

i left Rhodesia to come to SA before Mugabe,s dictatorship began in 1980.We were called racist by those who stayed behind. They were not as they stayed under black rule.i wonder what they are thinking now.
I have just returned from a trip to what was once gods country.No new investments, pot holes,neglected infrastructure, defeated people,especially the few whites we encountered, 25 make shift toll roads and police road blocks between Bulawayo and Harare,police state, white woman shot stone dead
for innocently approaching Mugabe,s cavaclade in transit.Need i go on. i think no i know the white man is regarded in Africa as "OFF SPRING OF SETTLERS AND COLONISERS" There is no future for my children and grand children any more. They are all leaving with their skills disparately needed in SA.For those left behind. god help us as no one else will.