Nemato man wins case of wrongful arrest and incarceration

A Nemato man was awarded R160,000 in damages in December last year, nearly ten years after instituting a wrongful arrest suit against the Minister of Police.

The judgment was released by the Grahamstown High Court [the court’s name is still Grahamstown] last week.

Vuyile Nyanya, who was 47 at the time of the incident, was detained in front of his family at about 9pm on April 19 2010 by a group of people, not police, who then took him to the Port Alfred police station where he was arrested and placed in the holding cells.

In his summation Judge MJ Lowe ruled, “I have considered all relevant factors and authorities and consider that an award in total respect of general damages for a period of some three and a half days detention should be the sum of R160,000 is appropriate.”

Full story in this week’s Talk of the Town.

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