Au pair sues Tshwane police for roadside assault
Kymie du Toit, the Pretoria nursery school teacher who made headlines when she was allegedly assaulted and thrown to the ground by Tshwane Metro Police officers, has instituted a multi-million rand damages claim against the TMPD as well as against the SAPS.
A Pretoria News report notes that Du Toit, of Moreleta Park, instituted the claim in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), following her harrowing ordeal in 2019.
It is stated in court papers that as she returned home at around 11pm on 26 November 2019, after completing her duties as an au-pair for a family in Cornwall Hill Estate, she noticed a vehicle which looked like it belonged to the Tshwane Metro police parked across two lanes in Nellmapius Drive.
Someone waved her down and indicated she should stop but she was fearful as it was late and she was alone so she put on her hazard lights and drove slowly to a Total petrol station in Rubenstein Drive, where she stopped.
When she stopped at the garage the Metro police who had been following her pulled her out of her car and, she said, pushed her to the ground and kicked and punched her, pushing her face into the tarmac.
She said they bundled her into their vehicle and drove her around, and then made her do a breathalyser test, which was negative.
She was taken to the Lyttelton Police Station where she was kept for several hours, before being charged with reckless and negligent driving.
She was later released on R1 000 bail.
The prosecuting authority certified that her prosecution has no prospect of success and declined to prosecute her.
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