A 23-year-old Blue Downs woman is considering prosecuting the police after she was arrested on a bench at Sea Point and locked in a cell for the night, GroundUp reported.
Mcinjana's Ease at Sea Point last Sunday was for a hotel job interview at 10:45. He arrived early for the interview and sat on a bench on the promenade to pass time.
"I pressed the buzzer when I arrived but no one responded so I sat on a bench overlooking the beach."
"She's just put me in a holding cell"
She said she was taking self-broadcasts around 09:20 when a police officer asked her what she was doing there.
"Her tone was aggressive. I explained to her that I was there for an interview but she was early. She didn't believe me and said there were no interviews on Sundays.
"My bag took me and started searching it, throwing my stuff on the ground. My CV, some of my toiletries and my house keys were in the bag," said Mcinjana.
He took a video that clearly showed to police officers who were searching his bag, "Sergeant Smith" and "Constable Prince".
He said that Smith had found his house keys with a remote switch in the bag. Smith is told in Afrikaans on the video, "I found out what I needed."
Mcinjana said she was accused of being a robbery. "I said I had used the remote cars to rob people. I tried to explain that the distance didn't even work but I was using it as a key holder."
Smith called a police van on his radio, he took a Mcinjana phone and made her get into the van when she arrived. She said she had been taken to Sea Point police station, tied by hand and shouted by Smith, photographed and her fingerprints and put in a cell.
"I tried to show the email to the police officer showing that I was there for an interview but she didn't listen to me. I put me in a holding cell," said Mcinjana.
She says that only at 16:00 she was given her phone so that she could call her mother.
She was told that she was suspicious at car cutting sessions. The police still have its remote gate and keys.
Mcinjana told some of the officers at the station that the way she was being treated was wrong.
Her mother, Margaret Mcinjana, told GroundUp as she called the police station that she had been told it was too late to see her daughter that day and that she should go there the next morning.
"When I went the next morning, I only had three minutes to talk to her," said Margaret Mcinjana.
"My daughter left her home for a job interview but ended in prison. For what? She has never done anything from her place. She was looking forward to that interview."
Margaret confirmed to the police that the remote switch they had taken from her daughter's bag was no longer working and was to be used as a key cycle.
'Vehicle cutting tools';
Point Point police spokesman Captain Elizabeth Munro said Mcinjana had "vehicle cutting equipment".
However, Munro said, "there was no prospect of successful prosecution as discussed with the senior prosecutor".
Mcinjana says she is consulting solicitors and is also planning to contact the Human Rights Commission.
"I feel angry and angry. Someone I expected would protect me, a police officer, treat me that way and ignore my rights. I spent a night in a custody cell.
Mcinjana said she was released at 15:00 on Monday. She said she was too embarrassed to contact the hotel people who were waiting for the interview.
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