- Video of a toddler avoiding arrest for being outside has caused waves in Mzansi
- This is the latest questionable encounter between police officials and citizens amid the Covid-19 lockdown
- The child's father is then arrested instead with the incident taking place inside a gated community
A disturbing video of a toddler being rescued from an apparent arrest has gone viral on Monday.
A man, who is understood to be the child's father, is then arrested instead in front of a woman with two small children inside their gated community.
The community in Ballito, where the incident took place, has earned authorities strong condemnation despite the possibility of lockdown laws being flouted.
In the clip, two officers can be seen walking through the gate of a residential property following which they attempt to arrest the small child.
Catherine Roos posted the video to social media, pleading for help and raising awareness over the incident.
"@Unathi_Kwaza please help, this needs to go viral, look what Metro police are doing to this child and his family in Ballito KZN! Apparently the child was close to the beach even so, this child will be scarred for life!"
The terrified small child screams that he doesn't want to go to jail as an adult rushes to assist him. Ironically, only one of the cops is wearing a face mask as they attempt to pull the child away.
The father asks for the woman in the clip to call his lawyer while the small children can be heard pleading with the officers not to arrest their dad.
IOL reports that an investigation has been announced into the incident with Municipal spokesperson, Sipho Mkhize, commenting.
"KwaDukuza Municipality notes the video making rounds on social media of two of its peace officers who 'seem' to be in a scuffle with father and child in the Shaka's Rock area in Ballito. At the outset, we want to say that we do not condone any form of abuse levelled against our residents particularly women and children."
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