A video has gone viral on social media which shows a Johannesburg Metro Police officer pinning a woman down to take her blood after she failed a breathalyser test.
A video went viral on social media on Monday which showed a Metro Police officer and a woman, presumably a nurse, forcibly drawing blood from a woman who is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol.
Yusuf Abramjee posted the video on his Twitter page, asking Mzansi what their thoughts were on cops physically restraining the motorist, who refused to give a blood sample.
Briefly.co.za learned the woman reportedly failed a breathalyser test which prompted the police to request a blood sample. However, after she refused, cops went on to restrain her and forcibly draw blood, ignoring her screams.
According to reports by The Sowetan, a probe has been launched into the incident and the officers involved could face serious consequences if they are found to be in the wrong.
The City of Johannesburg MMC for public safety, Michael Sun, said they will investigate the matter to make sure the officers followed procedure.
"It is critical to note that the law does permit a police officer to physically restrain a person who refuses to provide a blood sample for law enforcement purposes," he said, adding: "If anyone is found guilty of any wrongdoing, they will face appropriate and swift disciplinary action."
The video sparked quite the reaction on social media and South Africans were left divided.
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