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CT probes 'assault' on blind busker

City of Cape Town is progressing in its investigation into the assault of a blind musician.

Police drag a blind busker across Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. Picture: Michael Walker/Cape Times

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it's making progress in its investigation into the assault of a blind musician allegedly at the hands of Metro Police officers.

Goodman Nono was apparently manhandled by the officers on Monday afternoon at Greenmarket Square apparently because he didn't have a permit to busk at that particular time.

His guitar was broken in the incident.

The city's Richard Bosman says he’s not happy with what happened.

“We received some video clips and pictures. From what we can see, it does seem like some members of staff acted outside the scope.”

Bosman says an investigation into the incident kicked off on Tuesday morning at 10am.

All staff members were interviewed by an independent investigator.

Bosman says he has asked for preliminary feedback by latest Friday.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said the incident is being viewed in a serious light.

“For five, six or seven officers to act against a blind person is not on. However, we don’t want to draw our own conclusions and anticipate the outcomes. Let’s have a full scale investigation.”

He said vulnerable residents should be protected.

“If their well-being is being infringed upon or they feel unsafe they can complain to government and we will investigate and make sure that we make them as comfortable as possible.”



POLICE BRUTALITY

Police brutality has been cast into the spotlight recently as a result of an increase in violent crimes being committed against members of the public.

Earlier this year, Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia was killed after he was tied to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets of Deveyton on Gauteng’s East Rand.

The incident was captured on video and went viral.

In April, video footage of a policeman assaulting a woman in the Free State went viral.

The off-duty policeman could be seen kicking the unarmed woman.

(Edited by Gia Kaplan)

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