𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟯𝟬 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
WARNING: this story contains graphic descriptions of abuse and sexual assault.
When businesswoman, Nozi Xamlashe , was pulled over by a police officer in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, she could not have known how the interaction that followed would one day change her life. The officer asked for her phone number and when she declined his advances, he made a chilling threat, one he would brutally fulfil months later while she was working at her hair salon. But Xamlashe’s is just one of many terrifying encounters Mthatha residents say they’ve had with the police. In this community – one of the top three most violent in the country – residents say far from being enforcers of the law, the police are often part of the problem. Carte Blanche investigates missing dockets and dirty cops at Mthatha’s two police stations, where cases of violent crime go uninvestigated.
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