Gawie Marx senior and junior, Mary-Anne Esterhuizen, Odelia Marx lodge assault charges against Standerton SAPS members. The incident occurred when the family had stopped at the Pick ‘n Pay to buy some items. While Mary-Anne was inside the shop, a traffic cop asked Gawie Marx senior for his driver’s license.
He was sitting in the car, parked in a legal parking area. Marx gave the cop his license – who took it with him to his car. “I rushed after him and grabbed my license out of his hands.
Then he hit me with his face in my face.
We struggled and a police car stopped next to us and there were police officers who were kicking and beating me while I was on the ground.’ (reported by Elaine Swanepoel on 12 July 2014) The cops descended on the 60-year-old Afrikaner who passed out several times because they tried to strangle him.
He was dragged into a police van and when Mrs Esterhuizen came from the shop she took pictures of the ‘arrest’ with her cellphone.
Mrs Esterhuizen was also attacked and one cop stole her cellphone from her hands. She contacted Gawie Junior and he and his wife Odelia Marx went to the police station where their father was brought in.
Mrs Marx junior was repeatedly beaten in her face, thrown to the ground and kicked repeatedly by several police officers at the station.
Father and son were grabbed and dragged to a cell – and while inside were pepper-sprayed. The two Afrikaners were released on R500 bail. It’s not known under which charge they were jailed.
Gawie junior suffered bruises in the face and ribs and Odelia’s jaw is bruised from a policeman beating her with his fist. The independent police investigations directorate spokesman Moses Dlamini said they are investigating the charge.
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