Cape Town-140225-Former chairperson of the Western Cape Community Police Board, Hanif Loonat-Reporter-Daneel Knoetze-Photographer-Tracey Adams

Cape Town - Former community police forum (CPF) chairman Hanif Loonat has branded the woman who brought intimidation charges against him a “pawn” in a high-level police conspiracy.

The Claremont woman, Rukshana Parker, denies this – saying she had no prior knowledge of Loonat’s fallout with the police.

Loonat said: “I am a law-abiding citizen and an activist against crime for many years. I believe that the whole process of arrest and incarceration was irregular and orchestrated by higher echelons of the police.”

Parker stuck to her story. She has another case against her former employer, whom she accuses of crimen injuria and defamation relating to accusations levelled against her in the workplace.

“Loonat came to my house and threatened me, on behalf of my former employer. He said that (the employer) could bomb my house, and harm my children if I did not drop the charges,” she said.

Last year, Loonat fell foul of the police in the province over consistent claims about corruption, inefficiency and lack of political will to bring culprits to book. These utterances, often published in the press, led to his suspension as CPF chairman in June.

Before the suspension was lifted, a new CPF chairman was elected to replace Loonat. Loonat has filed papers with the Equality Court to challenge the suspension.

Loonat said gangsters paid police and prosecutors to avoid arrest and conviction, and that there was no will among high-ranking officers to bring these culprits to book.

Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant-General Arno Lamoer responded: “If Loonat has concrete evidence to support his allegations, there are structures in place to investigate – the police, the Hawks, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the public protector.”


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