Man shot and assaulted by two police officers for failing to stop at a stop sign
George Mamosadi is lucky to be alive after he was shot and assaulted allegedly by two police officers who accused him of failing to stop his vehicle at a stop sign during a roadblock.
Mamosadi, 42, of Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, was shot in the back during a high-speed car chase and assaulted, allegedly by the officers, at about 8pm on May 11. This week, Mamosadi was visited by a detective from the police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), to whom he gave a statement. He confirmed that he was visited by the Ipid detective on Tuesday.
Mamosadi’s vehicle is riddled with six bullet holes at the back, two more on the right passenger door. Three of his car tyres had also been shot during the chase. Mamosadi told Sowetan yesterday he was left traumatised and upset by the ordeal that began when he was stopped at a roadblock on the N4.
The businessman, who runs a hazardous waste material removal company, was travelling back home from Pretoria.”I was on the N4 and I was approaching a roadblock near Balmoral when I was instructed to stop by police officers.”I stopped and spoke to an officer who was wearing uniform. After he checked my papers he said I could go,” Mamosadi told said.
He said during the conversation, another police officer, who was not in uniform, told the uniformed officer to make Mamosadi wait because he had failed to stop his vehicle at a temporarily erected stop sign at the roadblock.”I apologised to the officers and the one in uniform told me that I could leave.
“While approaching Vosman off-ramp, about 15km from the roadblock, I heard gunshots and became scared because I was once robbed and almost hijacked in Middelburg earlier this year. I thought it was those guys who previously attacked me,” Mamosadi said.
Fearing for his life, Mamosadi said he sped off with the intention of going home. He said he then decided he would stop at his office but also could not to do so due to the shots being fired at him. According to Mamosadi, the high-speed chase lasted for about 10 minutes.
“I got onto the Old Pretoria Road where I was forced to stop because they had shot three of my car tyres.”At that moment I also realised that I had been shot in the back. I tried to step out of the car but they were already waiting for me.”
Mamosadi said he realised after he had stopped that he had been chased down by the officers he saw at the roadblock. He said the officers failed to alert him to stop as they drove in an unmarked vehicle without sirens and blue lights.
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