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refugees assaulted by police

17 April 2015

Durban Action Against Xenophobia

Police assaulted us, refugees claim

By Mpume Madlala

“Where is our protection? Police have resorted to beating us for nothing.”

This was the lament of some refugees at Albert Park after several of them were allegedly assaulted by police officers at the weekend.

Frederic Eca Bakeni, one of those assaulted, said: “I was at my street hair salon in Warwick Triangle. A group of us were busy with customers when we suddenly saw a woman running past the salon and a casually dressed man chasing after her.

‘He continued to chase the woman and when he caught up with her, he beat her’

“The man had a black bag with him, which he dumped inside my salon. He continued to chase the woman and when he caught up with her, he beat her.”

Eca Bakeni decided to place the bag outside the salon.

“We did not know what was in…

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