ANGRY magoshas said they want justice after cops set their clothes on fire.
“I was servicing a customer in the bushes on Sunday when the police suddenly appeared,” said a magosha. Her customer ran away but cops grabbed her jeans before she could put them on. “They burnt my clothes while I watched,” she said.
The magosha was left stranded and half-naked. She normally gets a taxi home every day to a squatter camp in Windmill Park, Ekurhuleni. “How will people look at me in the taxi? They will think I’m crazy for being in public in my underwear.”
She operates on the old Heidelberg Road, not far from Vosloorus. She said this was not the first time cops had burned her clothes.
“This is my body. I have a right to do whatever I want with it,” she said. “The police rob us of our hard-earned cash, take valuables from our clients and force money out of them. Who will save us from the Dawn Park cops? When they want money for lunch, they come to us.”
Another magosha said she was at a nearby site when said she was pepper-sprayed and her bra burned. “I quickly grabbed my top but my bra was left behind so they set it on fire,” she said.
Sergeant Mashudu Phatela said the women must open cases at the police station so that the cops can be traced.