Sapa, 31 October 2000

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One of the three Mozambican immigrants who had dogs set on them by East Rand police last year filed an assault and abduction complaint after an incident on Monday night, SABC radio news reported on Wednesday. Sylvester Khosa said he was kidnapped and assaulted by four white men who identified themselves as the police. He said he managed to escape from them and return to a witness protection house where he is living. Khosa laid the complaint at the Bronkhorstspruit police station east of Pretoria. Khosa, Gabriel Ntimane and his brother Alexander are under the government's Witness Protection Programme. They made headlines last year when the SABC's Special Assignment broadcast a video showing police setting dogs on the three Mozambicans and assaulting them. The three men are the main state witnesses at the trial set to resume on November 19. The six East Rand policemen have been suspended and are out on bail.