- A police officer was seen arguing with a woman in Strand, Cape Town
- In the video, police backup arrives and soon the woman is forcefully put in the police van
- It has since been revealed the lady has been released because there was no basis for her arrest
On Friday morning at around 7:45am, a woman was confronted by a police officer. A nearby onlooker saw things getting heated and decided to film the incident.
The cop appeared to be angered by the woman, who had been out walking during the exercise window in Strand, Cape Town.
Moments later, another police officer arrives and the clip ends with the officers forcefully arresting the woman.
According to SA People News, the Western Cape SAPS released a statement on Friday, confirming that WC Provincial Commissioner Lt General Yolisa has ordered an investigation.
A senior WC police official has been tasked with looking into the conduct of the police officials captured in the video.
The statement added that the woman had been released from the Strand police station after detectives could find no reason for her to be charged.
The statement read:
“Upon being alerted to the video and the subsequent viewing of the clip, the police officials were interviewed and the basis for the arrest is yet to be determined.
“Preliminary findings indicate that after being taken to Strand police station, the woman in question was released as detectives could find no basis for her to be charged.”
The video was shared on South Africa LIVE and it gathered over 51 000 views in just an hour. Many South Africans accused the police of abusing their power while a handful said she must have provoked them.
Moses Thakhani commented:
"That's what we call using advantage of being a police. How can he pull her like that if she's trying to explain whatever she was explaining. Plus guys she's a lady for heaven's sake."
Blair Hillhouse added:
"I don't see the police locking up any of those standing at the robots asking for food... It's seems harsh to say so but why we locking up people walking with a mask and not endangering anyone? Issue a verbal warning and/or a fine rather and move on. We all want to get through this disaster together but the police are clearly not doing themselves any favours right now."
Duke Singh said:
"Wonder what she did because it's during the exercise time and she has her mask... So would be interesting to know."
Milford Nyaruviro wrote:
"My analysis tells me that the officer saw her doing something wrong and she tried to be smart with her mouth, check as they're interacting she's trying to walk away from him, it shows guilt and disrespect when an official is trying to get something straight. Viva SAPS."
Take a look at the video below:
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported a cop has been blasted by social media users for his conduct with a motorist.
Minister Fikile Mbalula also weighed in and agreed that the cop was out of line with his tone.The incident was caught on camera and the footage has been shared on social media.
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