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Student claims his jaw was broken by Atlantis police beating

Student Christo Kliffas says he is filling a case against police officers from Atlantis he alleges beat him on request of a business partner and left him for dead. He has had to have over R17 000 worth of surgery to repair his broken jaw. Photo: Peter Luhanga/WCN

Student Christo Kliffas says he is filing a case against police officers from Atlantis he alleges beat him on request of a business partner and left him for dead. He has had to have over R17 000 worth of surgery to repair his broken jaw. Photo: Peter Luhanga/WCN

12.08.2013

Arrested for alleged possession of drugs, a CPUT student had his jaw broken under suspicious circumstances in police cells last week.

Atlantis resident Christo Kliffas, 21, who is a fourth year management student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, says he was beaten by four police officers in “a backroom” at the station and left for dead.

He had been arrested for being in possession of drugs worth R500 000 but claims his business partner, with whom he had a disagreement, framed him.

Speaking from his hospital bed in a surgery ward at Blaauwberg Netcare Hospital, Kliffas said he was arrested on Tuesday last week and taken to the Atlantis police station.

He said while handcuffed one police man used a wooden plank to beat him while the others used their fists and boots.

He claims they also destroyed his cellphone which had recorded audio and sms evidence against them.

The trouble started when the working relationship with his business partner with whom he runs three night clubs in Atlantis and Malmesbury turned sour after he demanded his 50 percent share of the profits.

His business partner allegedly threatened him and said he would “kill my family”.

He said he alerted the police about the alleged threats, at which point he says the business partner told him “you must be careful which police you talk to because some are my friends”.

He said through out the interrogation at the police station his business partner was present and when he was being assaulted he was laughing together with the police officers.

He said his business partner used his legal businesses as a cover for dealing drugs.

He said he was arrested when he arrived at his business partner’s house seeking to make peace.

There were two police vans outside the man’s house, he claims, and they arrested him there.

He claims to have been left for dead in the police station, rescued only the following morning when a new shift came in and noticed him lying unconscious.

He has since appeared in the Atlantis Magistrate court on a charge of possession of drugs worth R500 000 and was granted R5 000 bail.

Surgery to his jaw cost him R17 530, much of which had to be borrowed.

Yesterday (subs: Mon) he said the doctor was helping him fill in a J88 form to enable him open a case against the police officers, which he would lodge in Cape Town.

Western Cape police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said Kliffas was making very serious allegations “against our members”.

Traut said he did not have any record of the incident but promised it would be investigated.

“Violence perpetrated by our members is strongly condemned, and we will not hesitate to take action against offenders. The victim is encouraged to lodge a complaint with police or IPID (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) for an investigation,” said Traut. — Peter Luhanga

 

 

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