Soshanguve taxi driver to receive millions in damages for police brutality

Samuel Molokwane was allegedly forcefully removed him from his taxi & kicked in the face & head by police.

Picture: Saps

JOHANNESBURG - A Soshanguve taxi driver is set to receive millions of rand in damages from the South African Police Service (Saps) for police brutality after a default judgment was granted in his favour.

Samuel Molokwane yesterday argued in the High Court that he was wrongfully and unlawfully arrested by Saps members who forcefully removed him from his taxi in February 2014.

The court heard how the officers kicked him in the face, head and body several times while he was lying on the ground.

Molokwane sustained multiple skull fractures, lost his eye sight, and hearing on the right side.

His lawyer Andrew Phillips says damages have been estimated to be more than R5 million.

"After Samuel consults a number of legal experts - in fact we've briefed 15 experts already - we will bring out various legal reports pertaining to his loss of earnings as well as to his future medical treatment. We'll then be able to determine what his losses amount to."