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Loonat released on bail

Cape Town - Hanif Loonat, the former provincial Community Policing Forum chairman, has been accused of threatening to bomb a woman’s house, to harm her children and to sabotage her job by influencing her employer.

Loonat appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and was charged with intimidation. He was released on bail of R5 000.

Tears roll down Hanif Loonat's face as he holds his grandson outside the Wynberg Magistrate's Court after being released on bail. Picture: Willem Law. Credit: CAPE ARGUS

Loonat denied the allegations, saying they stemmed from “an ongoing vendetta” being waged against him by top provincial police.

Everyone who knows me knows that I have dedicated my life to fighting crime and uplifting communities. Bombs? That is just a ridiculous accusation. This is a clear attempt at tarnishing my name… These underhand tactics will only encourage me to work harder to expose police corruption in this province.”

Loonat and another man were arrested on Tuesday.

During his tenure as CPF chairman, Loonat butted heads with police management.

He was suspended as CPF chairman by Western Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer last July, and replaced by Peter Mead. Loonat argues that the elections were “unconstitutional”. He has filed papers with the Equality Court , although no hearing date has been set.

The police did not respond to queries for comments on Loonat’s accusations against them.

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