“The children are having nightmares over the incident and they and I are now afraid of all police,” says Lelani Venter.
Lelanie had gone to drop her maid at the Randfontein station. Her son (6) and her sister’s child were with her.
On the way home a police car, allegedly with six people in it, came up behind her and she changed lanes to allow it to overtake. “But the next moment the police car was again behind me with blue lights flashing.”
Lelanie again changed lanes but the driver of the police car indicated that she should pull over. She indicated that she would stop where it was safer. When she stopped, the driver, dressed in plain clothes, ran towards her and screamed, “Get out of the car!”
Then a woman, also dressed in plain clothes, got out of the police car and lifted one of the children out of Lelani’s car.
A woman came running from her nearby salon to see what was happening, but the driver of the police car pushed her away.
The salon woman’s husband arrived on the scene and warned the policeman not to push his wife. “What are you going to do about it, moer (hit) me?” shouted the policeman.