Blind busker to sue

Goodman Nono was forcefully removed from the Greenmarket Square by law enforcement officials.

Goodman Nono addresses the crowd and thanks them for their support at the Greenmarket Square on 10 July 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said the blind busker who was manhandled by law enforcement officials is well within his rights to sue.

The city's JP Smith was initially reluctant to comment on the matter, but welcomed the musician to exercise his constitutional right.

"Any person that feels they are wronged or has suffered any kind of damage as a result of an action by the city is always entitled to seek legal redress."

But Smith said the city has not received any legal documents from Goodman Nono's lawyers to date.

Nono was roughed up by officials when he refused to stop playing his guitar in Greenmarket Square earlier this month.

The manner in which he was treated sparked a massive national outcry.

The busker's attorney Aadil Kirsten said they were still assessing what damages can be claimed.

"He's also exercising his options to put in a claim against the city for the assault on him. We still busy researching that."

Nono's wife was also fined R1,500 during the altercation between police and her husband for disobeying police instructions.


The city described the actions of the three law enforcement officers who manhandled Nono as inappropriate.

The officials have been suspended for three months after the incident drew massive criticism nationwide.

Two weeks ago, a group of local musicians and residents marched at the square expressing their disgust at the incident.

The group called on authorities to treat everyone with respect.

Nono and his family were at the protest and thanked everyone for their support.