Cop hurt in court melee

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Durban - Supporters of a South Coast principal, charged with raping 11 schoolgirls, clashed with police, relatives and friends of the children outside the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

A policewoman, the case’s investigating officer, was injured in the melee.

Constable PP Ndlovu of the FCS unit was expected to lay charges of assault at the Scottburgh police station today after she was bitten on the arm.

The principal faces four counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent exposure.

Ndlovu was trying to stop the principal’s daughter from trying to damage a television camera crew’s equipment.

As she approached the principal’s daughter, other supporters began manhandling Ndlovu. The principal’s daughter and other supporters were arrested.

Despite the tension between the two parties, Ndlovu was the only police officer on the scene.

The principal appeared briefly in court and returned to the holding cell. - Daily News


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