IPID secured a conviction of Assault related to Gender-Based Violence

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in the Eastern Cape has secured a conviction against a police officer for Assaulting a Female Civilian.

On the 29 December 2017, Ms Phelisa Makabane who was 33 years old at the time, was confronted by a Warrant Officer Phumzile Nonjingana then 52 years of age driving a marked police vehicle sedan about how she had parked her vehicle. An argument ensued between the two and she was truck with an open hand.

Ms Makabane opened a case of Assault against Warrant Officer Nonjingana. The matter was referred to IPID for further investigation. Upon conclusion of investigation, IPID referred the matter to the National Prosecution Authority for a decision while at the same time another referral was made to the SAPS recommending for disciplinary steps to be undertaken against Warrant Officer for contravention of SAPS applicable disciplinary regulations.

Recommendations sent to SAPS culminated in a member being sanctioned to be issued a final written warning on the 28 June 2021. After the NPA decided to charge the Accused with Assault, on Friday the 06 October 2023 the Mount Frere Magistrates court, Warrant Officer Phumzile Nonjingana (57) was found guilty of as charged and sentenced to 12 Months imprisonment or Twelve Thousand Rands wholly suspended for 5 years on condition that he is not convicted of a similar offence during the period of suspension.

The offence he was convicted of falls under Gender Based Violence as the victim was a female and IPID strongly condemns Gender Based Violence.

Mr Robbie Raburabu
National Spokesperson
082 926 1067 and 012 399 0056
E-mail: rraburabu@ipid.gov.za