A Botswana Movement for Democracy activist, Darius Malale is suing the police.
Malale who claims he was attacked and injured by about 10 cops at the party’s fund raising event in Tlokweng last week is demanding a P200, 000 compensation for a fractured spine and loss of business.
The matter which was initially before Tlokweng Customary Court will now move to the High Court.
Malale, 33, said in an interview with The Voice: “I was at the party when all of a sudden the police came and stopped it.
I was in the house but I could hear people arguing outside.When I went to investigate what was happening all hell broke loose.”
One of the police officers hit him from behind with what he suspects was a police baton.
The other officers joined in the brutality and fractured his spinal cord in the process, he said.
“I wonder why they had to beat me so hard. I didn’t say anything offensive to them,” said the driving school instructor as he wiped off tears.
Malale further claimed that the injuries he sustained from the beating have paralyzed his business.
“I am a driving school instructor but I now can’t do my job because I am stuck in these crutches from an injury inflicted by the police.
I want these cops to pay for what they did and for the loss my business has suffered,” he contended.
Botswana Police Spokesperson Christopher Mbulawa has however noted that of late they have been receiving a number of cases about people complaining about police brutality.
“Investigations have revealed that some of the cases are true but others have been found to be false” Mbulawa said.
Tlokweng Police station commander Moremi Obapotswe could not be drawn into discussing the matter save to say it was before the court.
“I have nothing to say because the matter is with the courts,” he said.