Tuesday, 13 February 2007

'Cops can't protect themselves'

13/02/2007 08:38 - (SA)

Virginia Keppler, Beeld

Pretoria - A young policeman, who was the victim of an armed robbery over the weekend, said policemen could hardly protect themselves, never mind the public.

Sergeant Jonty Swart, 32, his wife Yolanda, 30, and four family members were attacked on Saturday night in their Pretoria West flat.

Swart, a police officer for the past 14 years, was about to unlock his front door security gate to let in his cousin, when he heard a voice telling him to open the door.

When he looked up, a man stood with a gun pressed to his cousin's head. Swart wanted to get his own gun, but he was afraid the gunman would shoot his cousin.

Swart unlocked the door and was pistol-whipped. Two robbers entered the flat and forced Swart and the others to lie on the floor. Their hands were tied behind their backs. They were assaulted and a curtain, which was pulled from the window, was thrown over them.

"They kept kicking us, hitting us and yelling 'you white policemen can't do anything'".

The robbers fled with R2 000 cash and other belongings worth R75 000.

Swart said the robbers even stole the wedding bands off his and his wife's fingers.

He said he didn't know how the robbers knew he was a policeman, and didn't understand their comments about white policemen.

"The police's hands in general are tied. If I had shot (a suspected criminal), I would have been in jail today.

"I too, am now a statistic, a victim."


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