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Blind busker wins R300k in court case

Lunga Goodman Nono has been awarded R300k in damages in a case at the Cape Town Regional Court.

FILE: Lunga Goodman Nono has been awarded R300k in damages in the Cape Town Regional Court. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A blind busker who was manhandled by City of Cape Town law enforcement officials says he wants them to personally apologise to him.

Lunga Goodman Nono has been awarded R300,000 in damages in a case at the Cape Town Regional Court.

Nono was manhandled, his guitar broken and forcibly removed from Greenmarket Square in the Cape Town CBD by Metro Police officers earlier this week for continuing to play music outside his permitted timeslot.

The busker's wife Abigail Nono says her husband is still shaken by the incident and must take medication.

"After the accident in Cape Town, my husband hasn't been okay since. If he doesn't takes his tablets for stress, he cries at night."

Meanwhile, Nono says her husband hasn't received an apology from the law enforcement officials who roughed him up.

"I am never going to forgive the law enforcement officers who dragged me because they have never apologised and they also broke my guitar."

But he says despite this, he is delighted with the outcome of the court case.

"I am very happy. We've spent a year going to court and I am happy with the outcome."

The musician has been busking in Greenmarket Square for many years.

Nono's lawyer Karusha Iyer says the judgement was a significant victory for her client as courts seldom grant the maximum amount in a general damages case.