A Pretoria nursery school teacher, who was allegedly assaulted by Tshwane metro police officers, she did not immediately stop because she was still traumatized when robbers overran her in a false roadblock in February.
After that experience, police advised 28-year-old Kymie du Toit to drive to a safe place in the future if law enforcement approached her.
When Du Toit was stopped by a Tshwane metro police vehicle on November 26, that’s exactly what she did. She switched on her emergency lights and drove to a gas station.
When she stopped at the gas station, she was allegedly assaulted by metro police officers before being arrested on a charge of reckless and negligent driving.
In footage from a circuit television video, which spread like wildfire on social media, Du Toit climbed out of her white Volkswagen Polo at about 11:25 a.m. as metro police officers approached her vehicle. She was then dragged to a bus by Tshwane metro police by three men and a woman officer. Du Toit seems to be resisting and shouting for help. One of the officers then threw her to the ground, handcuffed her and she was pushed into the vehicle.
According to Du Toit’s mother, Naomie, her daughter was still traumatized after being detained by four men earlier this year when they pulled her down by a false roadblock. She was at the Lanseria Airport before the incident to drop off friends.
“As she drove back, there was a legal roadblock. When she reached a second roadblock, four men, who presented themselves as police officers, stopped her. “
Naomie said the four men sexually harassed her daughter. “They touched her and played with her hair before letting her go. She filed a complaint with the Krugersdorp police station where she even gave a description of the four men, but nothing came of it, ”Naomie said.
Du Toit was on his way to Naomie’s house last Tuesday when a Tshwane police vehicle allegedly wanted to force her off the road.
“She was terrified and drove to a gas station in Elardus Park, near where I live,” Naomie said. After the incident, which was captured on video, police brought Du Toit’s vehicle to her mother’s home where she was notified of her daughter’s arrest.
Du Toit was released on bail on November 27 at about 4am. She was taken to Pretoria East Hospital where a doctor examined her. “She was seriously injured,” Naomie said.
Du Toit is undergoing trauma counseling and will have to undergo a medical examination.
The family, meanwhile, has filed a case of assault against Tshwane metro police officials.