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Sunday, 31 August 2008

White mother paid R390,000 after son was murdered by black cops

From SAS

Theresa van der Merwe (53) of Nigel on the East Rand was awarded R 390 000 in damages after black police beat her son to death in police holding cells. Her son Christopher Van Rensburg (33) was arrested along with a friend on charges of being "drunk in public." While in the holding cells, black police savagely assaulted Van Rensburg's friend. Van Rensburg intervened to save his friend, but was beaten and kicked to death by a gang of frenzied black cops.

Mrs van der Merwe brought the claim against the Minister of Safety & Security who admitted liability. According to evidence given in court, Van der Merwe testified that the assault against her son was committed by uniformed police, in front of several other officers. They had a legal obligation to prevent the assault from happening and had to ensure that Van Rensburg received medical attention timeously, which they failed to do.

Van der Merwe, a nursing assistant at the Life Suikerbos Clinic in Heidelberg testified that her son financially supported her and other family members. Her daughter Theresa (24) suffered severe head injuries in a car accident and is disabled. As a result of the criminal actions of police leading to the death of van Rensburg, Theresa is denied the maintenance she would have received from the deceased.

No inquest or disciplinary action was taken against any of the police involved and they are still on duty at the Nigel police station.

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