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<p><strong>By Jonk WA Mashamba</strong><br />
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>THE case against Captain Rabutapi Mamalo of the Yeoville Police Station and his wife Helen Mamabolo, who works for the Alex Police as a clerk, has been postponed to the 11th of February 2022. The couple were arrested after Matlakala Motaung opened a case against them. She was allegedly beaten with a bottle by the captain. His wife also allegedly joined to attack her. She has been unable to walk properly since the incident. And all she cares about is justice for her. The two allegedly took turns attacking Matlakala after their daughter accused the victim of insulting her. GAT has seen the case number opened at Alex police. The incident occurred on October 31st 2021, around noon at Extension 10 where the victim and the culprits live. Thalita Maleka, a friend of Matlakala, said they were sitting outside discussing general matters when the officer’s daughter passed by.</p>

<p>A few minutes later, the police officer, accompanied by his wife and daughter, allegedly went to the place where they had been seated and asked why they were insulting their daughter. “It surprised us. A dispute followed and the man took a bottle of beer, hit my friend in the head. When she fell, he kicked her repeatedly while she was down, trying to crawl,” says Thalita. Thalita says the woman caught Matlakala with her dreadlocks and dragged her and fell again, resulting in numerous scratches on her elbows. Matlakala (52) alleged that after the two cops horribly noticed that she was opening a case, the captain tried to bribed her with R30,000.</p>

<p>They allegedly demanded that she dropped the GBH charge assault case. “I can’t sell my soul and my dignity for thirty thousand,” she says. She alleged the cop told her he’d make things worse. She’d have a tough life if she didn’t cancel the case. She was also allegedly told that the case would not lead to anything because he is a high -ranking officer. Matlakala lives ten blocks from the officer’s house. “I feel unworthy of being beaten in the streets for hearsay by their child. I am embarrassed because we stay on the same street,” says Matlakala. She said they were detained and released the same day. When they appeared in court recently, the prosecutor was reportedly seen walking happily with the perpetrators.</p>

<p>“Both laughed after the mediation, saying: I am a drunkard and barren with no money. My grief is when they lie and say they never attacked me. This is not the first time they have attacked my family by telling me they are police officers.” The freelance artist and extra from Skeem Saam says she doesn’t feel protected in the community. She has now undertaken a silent demonstration each afternoon as part of her grieving for what happened to her. Matlakala is the author, filmmaker and founder of Indigenous Games Alex. The case had gone missing during the time the alleged culprits were appearing for the first time. After Magudulela investigated the matter, she finally found the missing docket. Mamalo accused Matlakala of orchestrating the incident, saying she was capable of doing so because she was an actor. He also threatened to take action against Alex reporter and Alex FM for making the story public.</p>
Police captain in hot water after assault

By Jonk WA Mashamba
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za

THE case against Captain Rabutapi Mamalo of the Yeoville Police Station and his wife Helen Mamabolo, who works for the Alex Police as a clerk, has been postponed to the 11th of February 2022. The couple were arrested after Matlakala Motaung opened a case against them. She was allegedly beaten with a bottle by the captain. His wife also allegedly joined to attack her. She has been unable to walk properly since the incident. And all she cares about is justice for her. The two allegedly took turns attacking Matlakala after their daughter accused the victim of insulting her. GAT has seen the case number opened at Alex police. The incident occurred on October 31st 2021, around noon at Extension 10 where the victim and the culprits live. Thalita Maleka, a friend of Matlakala, said they were sitting outside discussing general matters when the officer’s daughter passed by.

A few minutes later, the police officer, accompanied by his wife and daughter, allegedly went to the place where they had been seated and asked why they were insulting their daughter. “It surprised us. A dispute followed and the man took a bottle of beer, hit my friend in the head. When she fell, he kicked her repeatedly while she was down, trying to crawl,” says Thalita. Thalita says the woman caught Matlakala with her dreadlocks and dragged her and fell again, resulting in numerous scratches on her elbows. Matlakala (52) alleged that after the two cops horribly noticed that she was opening a case, the captain tried to bribed her with R30,000.

They allegedly demanded that she dropped the GBH charge assault case. “I can’t sell my soul and my dignity for thirty thousand,” she says. She alleged the cop told her he’d make things worse. She’d have a tough life if she didn’t cancel the case. She was also allegedly told that the case would not lead to anything because he is a high -ranking officer. Matlakala lives ten blocks from the officer’s house. “I feel unworthy of being beaten in the streets for hearsay by their child. I am embarrassed because we stay on the same street,” says Matlakala. She said they were detained and released the same day. When they appeared in court recently, the prosecutor was reportedly seen walking happily with the perpetrators.

“Both laughed after the mediation, saying: I am a drunkard and barren with no money. My grief is when they lie and say they never attacked me. This is not the first time they have attacked my family by telling me they are police officers.” The freelance artist and extra from Skeem Saam says she doesn’t feel protected in the community. She has now undertaken a silent demonstration each afternoon as part of her grieving for what happened to her. Matlakala is the author, filmmaker and founder of Indigenous Games Alex. The case had gone missing during the time the alleged culprits were appearing for the first time. After Magudulela investigated the matter, she finally found the missing docket. Mamalo accused Matlakala of orchestrating the incident, saying she was capable of doing so because she was an actor. He also threatened to take action against Alex reporter and Alex FM for making the story public.

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