Pretoria woman who sued police for calling her 'magosha', awarded R50,000 in damages

04 June 2015 - 12:27 By Times LIVE
A court gavel. File photo.
A court gavel. File photo.
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A court case involving a woman who was sworn at by SAPS officers and called a prostitute has led to a R50,000 claim being paid out by the department of police.

In 2009, Charlene Stoker was seated in a car with her husband, discussing their marital issues in Pretoria.

The two were then approached by cops, and Stoker sworn at, with police officers labelling her a prostitute.

Stoker's husband was handcuffed, pepper sprayed and dragged to a police van where he was thrown in and taken to a police station.

According to The Sowetan, Stoker suffered from behavioural problems, flashbacks, a loss of sleep, social withdrawal and anxiety as a consequence of the incident.

She initially sued for R500,000 but was awarded R50,000 instead.

Stoker said she had settled for the amount because she just wanted to put the whole ordeal behind her.