- A video clip is doing the rounds on social media in which a group of locals are seen arguing with a police officer, who later produces a firearm
- The incident happened at a mall in Gauteng and the men seem to question why the police officer decided to produce a gun instead of his identity card
- When watching the video, the police officer can be seen later taking out his card and the group eventually takes a step back
- Briefly News has looked at the reactions from the Mzansi community and the locals have praised the calmness of the brave policeman
A member of the South African Police Service is seen arguing with locals in a video clip that is going viral on social media. Although it remains unclear what the argument is all about, some of the men in the background can be heard questioning the man if he is indeed a policeman.
It seems the policeman was questioning the locals, but the failure to initially produce his identity card led to the scuffle.
The video clip was taken at a mall in Gauteng and posted by social media commentator, @Abramjee. Taking a closer look at the footage, one member of the community tries to accost the police officer, who produces a firearm before showing the group of men his workforce identity card.
The post reads:
“This police officer was involved in a heated argument with some locals in Eldo Square Eldoraigne. It is unconfirmed what it was about. @SAPoliceService.”
Briefly News explores the comments from the social media users who have shared contrasting remarks, but some have praised the law enforcer.
Mzansi divided on the incident
"Show me the card!! Show me the card !! Don't show me the gun!!! Few seconds later... Why did you not show me the card?"
“I’m wondering why he needed to see the card first.”
“Bad cops make it hard for good cops like this one, they must be found and apologise to this good cop.”
“What's worrying is that these foreigners would never disrespect a cop in their home country.”
“No respect for the state, that cop represents the government, they were supposed to apologise and stop arguing about the card. He stops a fight and tells them that he is a cop, went on to show the card but they still argue.”
“This policeman made a serious error. He was supposed to take one shot then produce the card. People undermining authority mustn’t be treated with kid gloves.”
“Don't know what went wrong or who was wrong but great handling and confidence from the police officer.”
“If we are going to comment, we are going to be told by xenophobia [sic], but foreigners are living a good life in our country and doing as they please, democracy is our biggest enemy.”
“It would have been better if this was posted after the establishment of facts.”
"South Africans would not do this in another country."
Eastern Cape police involved in a fight
In other stories about the SAPS, Briefly News published an article on a number of video clips of an Eastern Cape man attacking police that went viral on social media circles and attracted raving responses.
Dispatch Live had it that an unnamed man allegedly stabbed a 55-year-old man to death while leaving four other victims wounded and was captured on film as he was being apprehended attacking police after the rampage.
According to the comments on the video, it seemed the incident took place in the northern region of the Eastern Cape in the Aliwal North area.
Posted by @Restart_Azania, he said the person spotted attacking the men in blue apparently cannot be shot as he is seen charging towards the police.
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