Cape Town - A vicious assault on cleaner Delia Adonis, allegedly by five drunk university students - which could see a Claremont police detective charged with defeating the ends of justice and bribery - has raised the ire of the ANC and the DA.
Both parties condemned the attack and called on the authorities to act fast to bring the perpetrators and the police officer to book.
Adonis, 52, a Manenberg mother-of-six, works as a cleaner at Stadium On Main in Claremont. She lodged complaints of assault at Claremont police station on October 18 after she was severely beaten, allegedly by five UCT students, on October 17.
Adonis told police she witnessed the five leave the Tiger Tiger nightclub and beat up another patron. After helping the victim by alerting law enforcement officers, Adonis said she was attacked by the five men, who also verbally abused her with racial slurs.
After reporting the matter she was contacted by a detective, who allegedly tried to bribe her into dropping the charges. Wynberg district State prosecutor Nathan Johnson said the detective had contacted the court to inform them Adonis had dropped the charges. Johnson was called and told the detective had lied.