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Mkwate v Minister of Police (South Africa)

Geographic relevance: South Africa

Language: English

Data type: Legal citations

Author(s): Times Live South Africa

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In this case, the police were ordered to pay R560,000  in damages for the unlawful arrest and detention of a young boy.

The police arrested the boy as he was walking home from school, he was put in the back of a police van, handcuffed and fell around the back of the van when it was moving. He then suffered inhumane conditions of detention. The police suspected that the boy was involved in robbery but was arrested without any evidence to justify the arrest.

Such cases are increasingly common in South Africa.

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