IT WAS supposed to be a normal day for the Shumaya vocalist.
But parking in the wrong place at the wrong time turned into a nightmare.
HER HOURS IN JOBURG CENTRAL SEEMED LIKE A LIFETIME IN HELL.
“I have been arrested and beaten by cops,” said Zinhle Ngidi (23), the house vocalist on the popular hit song Shumaya by Dbn Nyts.
“They accused me of parking in the wrong place. They told me to move. But it didn’t end there. They attacked me.”
The drama started when she went to fetch her child from her mother’s flat in the Joburg CBD and parked on the corner of Plein and Wanderers Streets.
Zinhle’s mother, Nonhlanhla Ngidi (47) told Daily Sun the chaos that erupted on the street could have easily been sorted out.
“When Zinhle got upstairs to my flat she complained about having an argument with a Metro cop downstairs over a parking space,” said Nonhlanhla.
She said she went down to the car with Zinhle and the baby. Zinhle’s sister Nokuthula Ngidi (27) was also with them.
“The cops started making a noise and told her she wasn’t supposed to park there. They had an argument which turned into flying hot klaps being handed out to my daughter by the cops.”
Zinhle’s mother claimed they told the cops people were taking videos that could work against them.
“But the cops said videos can be made to vanish,” she claimed.
Zinhle, her five-month-old baby and Nokuthula were all taken to Joburg Central Police Station.
At about 2.30pm, Zinhle’s manager, Bhuti Sithole, told Daily Sun Zinhle was going to be released in about two hours. This was after her lawyer went to the police station. Bhuti said a case of assault was opened against Zinhle.
“When we got to the police station and also tried to open a case of assault, we were told we couldn’t because police had arrested her and opened a case before she did.”
Gauteng provincial police spokesman Captain Kay Makhubela said according to information received, the suspect is alleged to have assaulted the officers.
“She was brought into the station with a child but the child was handed over to Bhuti and her mother. She is facing a charge of assaulting officers,” said Makhubela.
At the time of going to press it was not yet clear if Zinhle had been released because Bhuti’s phone was switched off.
Joburg Metro police spokesman, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, said it was unfortunate the motorist had to be arrested.
“Our officers were doing their work. It’s a pity they were assaulted. We now have to let the law take its course.”