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A man arrested for the suspected theft of maize has lost half his penis after police dogs were allegedly let loose on the three suspects.
The men were also reportedly held in the cells at the Kimberley Police Station for more than 48 hours without being charged.
It has been alleged that the one suspect sustained injuries to his penis when the dogs bit half of it off.
“This is police brutality! How can they let the dogs bite off his penis and also hold all of them in the police cells for more than 48 hours without charging them? Clearly the police are becoming a law unto themselves and this is unacceptable,” a family member of one of the men said on Wednesday.
The brother of the injured man said he was considering opening a case against the police.
The suspects’ families said that the alleged dog attack happened on Sunday evening on the road to Douglas when the police pulled over the vehicle in which the three men were travelling.
“The police apparently found bags of maize and one tyre in the vehicle and instead of arresting the men, the police first unleashed the dogs on them.”
The family members accused the police of violating the Criminal Procedure Act, which states that a suspect must be charged within 48 hours after being arrested.
“They have been in the cells for three days already but they have not yet been charged or appeared in court. Instead of releasing them, the police are sending them to Plooysburg Police Station because they suspect that the maize and tyre were allegedly stolen from there,” they said.
A friend of one of the arrested men said that he was shocked to realise that they had injuries all over their bodies but were only taken to see the doctor on Wednesday morning.
“They all have bite marks from the police dogs. We want answers here! The police must explain what happened to our family members,” they added.
The daughter of one of the men said that the her father and two men were travelling on the Douglas road towards Kimberley when they were stopped.
“My father fixes tyres and the bags of maize he was transporting was to feed the chicken.”
Northern Cape police spokeswoman, Priscilla Naidu, said that the three men were detained during the early hours of Monday morning, on a case of alleged housebreaking which took place in Plooysburg.
“The injured suspects received the necessary medical attention immediately after their arrests,” she said.
She said that the police had not contravened the Criminal Procedure Act in any way.
“The suspects were transported today (yesterday) to Plooysburg where they were charged and were taken to the Douglas Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. Section 50(1)(d)(i) stipulates that if the period of 48 hours expires outside ordinary court hours, as in this case, or on a day which is not an ordinary court day, the accused shall be brought before a lower court not later than the end of the first court day,” Naidu added.
She added that the dogs were not deliberately set on the three men.
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