TWO university students claim they were left traumatised this week after allegedly spending 13 gruelling hours being tortured by a businessman and two employees in Mthatha.
Mthatha businessman and owner of the SQ Risk Security Wessels Scheepers, 51, and his co-accused, security guards David Mayburgh (as named in court documents), and Johann du Toit, appeared in the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court charged with kidnapping.
They were released on bail of R1 000 each and the case postponed to March 20.
The magistrate complained that some court documents had been prepared by a senior prosecution official instead of the clerk of the court, saying this could create a misconception the court was biased towards the accused.
But NPA spokesman Luxolo Tyali said they were neutral and not biased towards anyone.
The two young men – Lonwabo Mesatywa, 22 and Luthando Cingo 23 – alleged they spent the better part of Monday and Tuesday handcuffed. They claim icy water had been poured on them and they had been forced to eat dog faeces.
A cousin of one of the young men claimed he had been called a k****r when he went to find out what had happened to them, and he then went and called the police.
The three men were arrested at Goodman Farm, believed to be owned by Scheepers, just outside Mthatha around 3pm on Tuesday.
When the Daily Dispatch arrived on the scene there were about 10 police vehicles including a Nyala and dozens of armed officers.
As the three accused were loaded into the back of a police van they mocked the police and the media.
“Oh we are famous – the SABC and the Daily Dispatch is here. Viva democracy viva, viva police,” said Scheepers showing a V-sign and laughing loudly.
Du Toit and Mayburgh were quiet.
The young men were freed at the same time after they had allegedly been kidnapped at about 1am on Monday.
Police spokesman LieutenantColonel Mzukisi Fatyela said it was claimed the three accused had apprehended the two men in town and detained them after the young men had allegedly broken into a bookshop in town.
“These young men were supposed to have been taken to a police station to be charged. But instead they were taken to this farm. This is against the law and is tantamount to kidnapping,” said Fatyela.
Fatyela said the accused had resisted arrest and back-up was called by the first police officers on the scene.
He said a fourth suspect would still be arrested in connection with the kidnapping.