- A video has gone viral on social media and it sparked quite the reaction
- The footage allegedly shows a cop refusing to help a pleading mother
- The SAPS has since launched an internal investigation into the matter
A police officer who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol is the subject of an investigation after a video went viral showing him refusing to help a pleading mother.
The footage surfaced on Twitter on Saturday and was said to have taken place at the Midrand police station.
According to the tweep, @TPAKKIES, who posted the video online, the policeman was allegedly drunk.
The officer can be heard saying in the video that he didn't care if the woman died.
He said: “It is none of my business … she can die and I can write an affidavit that she died.”
Twitter user @TPAKKIES captioned the post:
" ’She can die, if she dies’ so says a drunk @SAPoliceService at Midrand Police Station. When I asked her to help a woman with a child in the cell shouting: ‘Help Officer, help’. No one was interested.”
According to Alberton Record, the SAPS launched an internal investigation into the footage that has gone viral.
Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters revealed that no formal complaint had been laid but an “urgent” probe into the matter was launched.
Alberton Record reported Peters said:
“While at this point the police have received no complaint relating to a video clip circulating on social media, the provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has sanctioned an urgent internal investigation to establish the facts surrounding the clip.”
South Africans were left fuming over the footage and called for action to be taken against the police officer in question.
Twitter user, @Sthembiso_RSA, commented:
"There were cries heard by people and all this man had to do was to go and find out what was going on. That is his job! And he refused to do it!"
However, there were those who defended the cop, saying it had not been proven that the officer was in fact drunk, nor was it revealed why the woman was locked up.
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