Dudley and Michael Buys, a father and son from Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, were assaulted by their neighbours last week. The SAPS Margate was contacted and the members who responded to the complaint refused to open an assault docket although the men were badly injured and had to be taken to a hospital.
“Morne Kruger, a member of our Ramsgate Neighbourhood Watch, confronted the SAPS members about their refusal to open an assault docket. The SAPS member stated that the police does not open dockets on hearsay evidence,” said Wessel Pretorius, the chairman of the local AfriForum branch in Margate.
AfriForum was also reliably informed by a SAPS Margate officer that the members who attended to the complaint had not even made any entry into the Occurrence Book (OB) at the Margate station.
Chris Fourie, the Provincial Coordinator for AfriForum in KwaZulu-Natal, said that AfriForum had made contact with Brigadier Morris Moodley, the SAPS Cluster Commander and had requested him to intervene in this matter.
“It is totally unacceptable for a SAPS member to refuse to open an assault docket when they can see clearly that the two gentlemen had been assaulted.”
Captain Marnus Erasmus, the Commander at the Margate detective branch, confirmed that his office was investigating AfriForum’s complaint.