Blind busker - Cops face suspension

South Africa
Cape Town, July 9 – Cape Town’s metro police are being investigated for the heavy-handed arrest of a blind musician. Lunga Nono was dragged off in front of his family and bystanders at Greenmarket Square eNCA

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town said three of its law enforcement officers would be issued with suspension notices this week.

The officers dragged blind busker Lunga Nono, accusing him of perfoming outside his allotted time in the city's St George's Mall on Monday.

Fellow musicians have now also come out in support of Nono, who said at the time of the incident, he was only trying to make money to support his family.

The attack, in which Nono's guitar was damaged, was filmed and posted on social media sites.

Everyone, from political parties to NGOs has called for the officers to be punished.

The City of Cape Town says it is still investigating but has already identified several of the officers involved.

Richard Bosman from the City of Cape Town said: "The three... were clearly identified in one of the photos we received from the public. And as a result suspension letters have been issued."

The city says it will review its busking bylaws and regulations to avoid similar incidents in future.

Meanshile, Nono's supporters have donated cash, guitars, and even offered record deals.

They said the attack on the musician should not go unpunished.

"I want to thank everyone for their contribution. They shouldn't let the matter rest. They should do this every day," said Nono.

Nono said he looked forward to returning to his usual busking spot in the mall, so he could continue to support his family.

 

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