“After studying the invoices for the purchase of the milk, they discarded information they should have included in the docket that would have shown the innocence of Mr Le Roux.
“If it was not for our actions, the prosecutor would not have known of the existence of the evidence. It’s this evidence the NPA used in its decision not to enrol the matter,” Nel said.
“It was inevitable that mistakes would be made in enforcing Covid-19 regulations, but in this instance there is no angle to argue that a mistake was made.
“This was no mistake. It was deliberate, malicious and must be likened to what one of the arresting officers said to Mr Le Roux: ‘We will teach you a lesson.’”
Le Roux said he was happy that the case was withdrawn, but was still traumatised by the incident.
“It’s a traumatic event, especially afterwards when you look at the effect it would have on your children when they look at you.
“It was very disappointing to see what the police did. When you expect them to help you, it’s really the opposite. We hope to move on. We take it day by day. It’s something you wish to forget, but it sticks in your mind … when you are at work, when you see other police vehicles going past you.”
Asked if he would accept an apology and whether it would be enough, Le Roux said: “An apology will not serve the purpose. It can help. I can’t see that it will make everything disappear.”