7de Laan director in drug debacle

2011-12-05 10:13
Gerhard Pretorius
Pretoria - A director on the popular SA soapie 7de Laan is planning to file a civil suit against the police after being arrested for "looking like someone who uses drugs".

Henry Mylne, who has directed the soapie for over 10 years, was pulled over by police in front of Die Wilgers High School in Pretoria on Friday.

He stopped outside the school gates in his yellow Renault and waited for his friend, actress Shereen Swart, who was involved in a performance at the school.

Mylne drank an energy drink while he waited for his friend.

According to him, six police vehicles suddenly surrounded his car and pulled him out of his vehicle.

Mylne said he asked the police to explain what was happening, but he was immediately forced into a police van and driven away.

He had his cellphone with him and he phoned Swart from the vehicle and described landmarks along the road so that she knew where the police were taking him.

Pepper spray

According to Mylne, 25 other men were with him in the police van and at one point the police sprayed pepper spray into the back of the van.

"I have respiratory problems and when they sprayed the pepper spray I couldn't breathe," said Mylne. He also said he almost lost consciousness due to a lack of oxygen.

Meanwhile, Swart managed to catch up with the police van and told the officers that they had unlawfully arrested him.

According to Mylne, the van stopped at one point and Swart's 17-year-old daughter, Hankah, took a photo of the police van's number plates.

An officer reportedly forced her to remove the photo from her cellphone.

No paperwork

Mylne was taken to the Garsfontein police station where he was locked up in the cells. According to him, no paperwork was filed.

Later an officer told him "he did not belong there" and that he could leave.

Another police officer later told him it looked like he was using the energy drink's lid to sniff cocaine.

"I don't even drink, nevermind use drugs. They did not tell me why they arrested me or anything," said Mylne.

Officers begged

The officers apparently begged him not to say anything about the incident.

They reportedly also didn't want to return Mylne's car keys unless he undertook to keep quiet.

"I was lucky and I could get out, but what about the other 25 men - how legal were their arrests?"

At the time of going to press, Lt Col Katlego Mogale, the provincial police spokesperson, had not responded to queries.


  • JohhnyBGood - 2011-12-05 10:25

    Welcome to the police state. Suprised NEWS24 published this. Surely this is now part of the State protection bill ?

      willie.uys - 2011-12-05 10:45

      The Prez has not signed this into law and it is still being debated by the Council of Provinces.

      Moss - 2011-12-05 12:26

      Well I would have easily arresetd him right away!!

      Ann - 2011-12-05 13:23

      Sue them! Do not allow this to go unchallenged. The picture of this man definitely doesn't reflect someone who looks like a drug addict. They most certainly are trying to judge a book by the way in which they see its cover and that is just not right!!!

  • OSSY24 - 2011-12-05 10:27

    well there you go, repercussions of celebi's sentencing

  • michielbester - 2011-12-05 10:38

    Are all arms of our government corrupt? Unlawful arrest, shooting civilians... And meanwhile the real criminals are running amok and/or pretending to be sick

      PB - 2011-12-05 12:44

      Were the police just arresting people to make a couple of thousand in quick bribes?

  • brionyl.french - 2011-12-05 10:46


  • Jozan - 2011-12-05 10:50

    I hope he takes them to the cleaners.

  • Moi - 2011-12-05 10:55

    Looking at his pic, he actually looks like a long lost ABBA member! :) Hope he sues.

      OSSY24 - 2011-12-05 11:15

      good one

  • Martjie - 2011-12-05 10:57

    Absolutely shocking!! What is going on in this country?? Where are our human legal rights?

      Gordon - 2011-12-06 11:49

      it almost feels like 25 years ago, eish, when is it going to stop? LOL

  • max.maxwell - 2011-12-05 11:03

    Living in a country where even officers of the court have scant regard for the law means this will become more the norm rather than the exception! When a police force is fueled by arrogance and contempt for lawful proceedures, the innocent public WILL suffer!

  • guyt1 - 2011-12-05 11:08

    Im not surprised .. the police are very heavy handed when its a soft target.... Go catch the real criminals !!!!

  • Madelein - 2011-12-05 11:20

    The exact same thing happened to our security guard in Moreleta park while he waited outside our offices, while still on duty. The police in Pretoria East think they are a law unto themselves.

  • jeansmit85 - 2011-12-05 11:36

    Note to self : Please shave your beard...and don't drink energy drinks...EVER!

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2011-12-05 11:44

    you hardly get any more PATHETIC than this.

  • Genee - 2011-12-05 12:12

    The sad thing about our police today is that they cannot be trusted! I cannot with a clear conscience tell anyone when in danger call the police. Our police is so filled with crime, corruption and violence that it is an embaressment to all South Africans. What a sad state of affairs.

  • ruda.sealie - 2011-12-05 13:00


  • stefventerza - 2011-12-05 13:01

    Sue them, I will also say. As an old X-SAP member I agree with Henry. There is way too much wrong doings going on in the SAPD. Thanks to thier leader they had and the quality off our SAPD and Military that has declined alot since 94. It is breath taking to see how much already needs to be paid bu Goverment for abuse and wrongfull treatment of the members of the SAPD. Investigations will be done?? How can we trust the people that is suppose to protect us. It leaves my head down in shame of to see what has become off the departments and qualities thereof. Whether it all is due to the BEE that we have these problems or just lack off dicipline under members I would say something needs to be done drasticly to bring back the old quality members.

  • Zion - 2011-12-05 15:51

    Normality in the state of South Africa.

  • Silvana - 2011-12-05 15:51

    Huh? Is this part of 7de Laan story line or some other farce? OMG who do you turn to when you're in trouble? The police or your security company? Lord help us, we are living in anarchy.

  • Terry - 2011-12-05 16:07

    sue them for as much as you can,just goes to show how crrupt all the Police are. you will win this case. good luck

      Lara - 2011-12-05 19:24

      Terry, yes, but guess who will eventually pay.

  • Jacqui - 2011-12-05 16:18

    To think we have to depend on these people to safeguard our safety. Sue their pants off. I would.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-05 17:16

    The NEW South Africa!!! I feel so safe I am going to remove my burglar bars.

  • Mboneli - 2011-12-05 19:34

    Let us not judge, this man definitely doesn't reflect someone who looks like a drug addict.

  • gavin.koppel - 2011-12-05 22:45

    We demand a full enquiry into this dispicable incident. SHOUT

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2011-12-24 12:03

    The police again! Do they now have a monopoly on crime and stupidity? Hope not, with soaring prices of petrol, foodstuuffs and municipal fees, we would all like to also be allowed to partake of crimeand fake stupidity in order to survive.

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-15 16:51

    Another 42 good episodes. Jeez what more can you ask for? Police Brutality and koeksisters with Wasabi en Rooibos?

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