- A viral video shows an altercation at Honeydew police station
- Ruth Du Toit had gone to the station to report her friend's experience with police officers
- She recorded the argument using her phone and a cop was seen slapping the phone from her hand
A dramatic video shows a police officer at Honeydew police station in Johannesburg slapping a phone from a woman's hand.
The woman in question, Ruth Du Toit, shared the video on her Facebook page recently, Briefly.co.za gathered.
In footage, Ruth is heard questioning the officer why police cars don't have trackers. In turn, the officer repeatedly asked Ruth to listen to him before apparently losing patience with her.
Ruth wrote in her Facebook post that she had gone to the station to report how cops had harassed her friend at a road block. She explained:
They wanted to arrest her and told her she thinks she is privileged cause she is white!!!!!! They made her draw R2500 to let her go. She was not drunk or even over the limit.
They took her phone, driver's licence, and shoes and told her they have her ID number so they can find where she lives, therefore out of fear she drew the money.
Ruth therefore sought to have the officers identified, but was told that it was impossible because their vehicles were not tracked. This then led to the confrontation.
The video has gone viral, racking up over 76,000 views, 3,400 shares, and close to 400 comments so far. Many commenters expressed outrage. Davy Davis wrote:
It's that type of behaviour that gives the whole SA Police Service a bad name. Even the loyal ones.
However, others argued that Ruth could have handled the situation differently. Diane Reynolds said:
He wouldn't have any control over the tracking. Why did she not go straight to the top? Don't ever open a case against the police at the station they are working at, most logical.
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