Please can you help me... I saw him (Thabang) and spoke to him. His cheeks were swollen and his gums cracked from bleeding in the mouth, his ribs... I also think he was beaten.— Agnes, mother whose son has allegedly been detained by police
This is the impassioned plea from Agnes, who claims her son, Thabang, has been detained by police in Mamelodi East, with no proper explanation.
Thabang's father, Madimeja, told Bongani Bongwa on the Breakfast Show that his son was with friends when police arrived and stood talking to a man. Thabang was on his phone at the time.
The police then approached him and asked why he was video recording them and wanted to take his phone.
The parents claim Thabang was assaulted and put into the police van and has been detained since. Agnes has managed to see her son but hasn't been allowed to give him pain medication or a change of clothes that she says have been torn.
We no longer have detention without trial in the country.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host
After contacting the police regarding this incident, the Breakfast Show were told that the matter would be investigated.
Listen here to an inconsolable mother describe her pain at not knowing what's happening to her son...
This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] Mother's emotional plea for police to release her son