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Nhleko given a month to comply with a court order, or face jail time

A man is suing the department for unlawful detainment, which resulted in him being raped in holding cells.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko giving an update on the Nkandla Project during the media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town on 28 May 2015. Picture: GCIS.
Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko,rape in South Africa,Rustenburg Police Station
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JOHANNESBURG – The High Court in Pretoria has given Police Minister Nathi Nhleko 30 days to comply with a court order, or face 100 days in prison for contempt.

The matter relates to a Pretoria man who is suing the state for damages, after he was unlawfully detained at the Rustenburg Police Station and raped in police holding cells.

Attorney Robert van Wyk says in court papers that Minister Nhleko and the State attorneys have failed to comply with an order issued in June last year.

The court ordered that the minister schedule a medical exam for van Wyk’s client within three months of the court order, but this was not done.

This is not the only court order Nhleko is failing to act on, the minister has not handed over the Rustenburg police cell register, as instructed by the court.

Van wyk says this conduct is to delay the finalisation of litigation.

He says it’s sadly become commonplace for government not to comply with court orders and this has a direct and adverse impact on the integrity of the rule of law.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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