Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
28 Dec 2021
4:07 pm

‘Why would they be so cruel?’: Disabled man says cops beat him, smashed his prosthetic leg

Sipho Mabena

A former farmworker, Ndlangamandla lost his left foot in a freak woodchipper accident in March 2013 and is now surviving on his disability grant.

Skhumbuzo Ndlangamandla holds the prosthetic leg that was allegedly smashed by police officers. Picture: Supplied

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating an incident in which a disabled father was viciously beaten and his prosthetic limb smashed to pieces, allegedly by six police officers at the Piet Retief police station in Mpumalanga. According to the complainant, Skhumbuzo Ndlangamandla, it all started when he found the mother of his six-month-old child drunk and loitering the town’s streets with the child on her back. He asked her to give him the child but she would have none of it, so he decided to go to the nearest police station for assistance. Ndlangamandla, 28, said he asked...