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Example of a Statement in an Advice Centre


  1. My name is Benjamin Ngwane. I am a 30 year old male living at 52 Indwe Road, Langa, Cape Town. I am unemployed.
  2. On Monday 26 September 2015, at about 8 p.m. I was walking on my way home after visiting a friend. I was walking alone on the pavement past Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  3. A group of men crossed the road and came towards me. I recognised one of them. His name is Patrick Xegwana. He lives a few streets away from me in Pele Street.
  4. The group stopped me and Patrick Xegwana grabbed me by my shirt and asked me where I was going.
  5. I said I was going home.
  6. Patrick Xegwana then slapped me on my left cheek with his left hand. One of the other men assaulted me by punching me in the stomach and kicking me where I lay on the ground. He was wearing a dark blue overall which was very torn. He was also wearing glasses. I recognised this man’s face although I do not know his name. I also don’t know where he lives. He is about 30 years old. I would recognise him if I saw him again.
  7. I think there were five men altogether. I do not know the names of any of them except for Patrick Xegwana, but I recognised all of their faces. I would recognise them if I saw them again.
  8. They were all crowding around me while I was lying on the floor being assaulted by the man in the blue overall. One of the men had a gun and was poking it in my side. I was very scared and I didn’t say anything to them. They did not say why they were assaulting me. They only told me that I must not come near their area again.
  9. Then I blacked out and only remember being picked up by a person called Vuyani. He telephoned the Langa Day Hospital. They sent an ambulance to come and fetch me.
  10. In hospital I was treated for two broken ribs, severe bruising all over my body, and my eye was bleeding. I had to stay in hospital for 3 days. My hospital card number is 5487. I was treated by Dr Wyngaard at the hospital.
  11. I do not know if there were any witnesses to the assault on me. I do not know if Vuyani witnessed the whole assault on me.
  12. I do not know why I was assaulted by the group. I feel that I have been wronged and I want to make a claim against the people who assaulted me.

Date on which the statement was taken: 28 September 2015.

Name and address of person who took the statement:

Lawrence Ndlovu

c/o Langa Advice Centre

Telephone number: (021) 642 0202