WHEN Itumeleng Maake was pulled over by the police, she didn’t worry.
The 29-year-old was driving home from a party in Mamelodi, Tshwane late last month.
But that day turned out to be one of the worst days of her life.
She claims the cops accused her of being drunk.
“I told them that I had not had anything to drink,” she said.
“A female cop told me my offence was minor and it could go away if I gave them a cold drink.”
Itumeleng said she told the cop that she refused to pay a bribe.
“The female officer called a male cop and they said I was under arrest for drunken driving.
“I resisted and that is when they became violent,” she claimed.
Itu told Daily Sun she took out her cellphone and took a video.
“I was beaten, manhandled out of the car and handcuffed. The male cop crushed my toe with his boot and hurt my hand.
“My nails came off when he grabbed me.”
She claimed they cops took her to hospital where they held her down while a nurse drew her blood.
“The two cops also robbed me of R7 000 that was collected at a church youth function.”
The officer who took her statement at Mamelodi East cop shop said Itu arrived uninjured.
“She could see that I was bleeding but she said she was taking orders from her colleagues and not suspects.”
Itu said the doctor who examined her advised her to lay a charge against the police.
“A cop at the charge office said I must provide the names of the cops before I could open a case.”
Mamelodi East spokesman Captain Michael Mbewe advised Itu to lodge a complaint with the station commander.