- CCTV cameras filmed a police officer allegedly beating up a Pick n Pay manager
- After the man falls to the ground, the cop struts back to his vehicle
- According to reports, the officer has since been taken into custody and is set to appear in court
On Wednesday, a video was shared on social media showing a police officer allegedly assaulting a man on a sidewalk.
Yusuf Abramjee shared the video on his Twitter account and he revealed the incident took place on Tuesday night in Reiger Park. Abramjee wrote:
"Watch @SAPoliceService members assault a man in Reiger Park last night. Cops cannot be a law unto themselves. This nonsense must be stopped. @IPID_ZA."
Take a look at the video below:
According to Jacaranda FM, the officer has since been arrested and is set to appear in court on Thursday. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said:
"IPID is investigating the incident. One constable has been arrested."
The victim is reportedly a manager at a Pick n Pay store. IOL reported that the exact cause for the incident has not been revealed but it is believed the cop had previous asked for store CCTV footage that showed his missing child.
South Africans were divided over the footage - some slammed the cop for being lawless while others said he probably had a good reason for his behaviour, especially since rumours that he is looking for his child are true.
Hennie Stander, @henniestander, commented:
"Few of you understand the wrath of a father and husband if those he loves are threatened. The only mistake that the officer made was to wear his uniform."
Briefly.co.za previously reported Ministers in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Clusters have warned that law enforcement agencies will be out in full force on Friday. The two suspects accused of murdering farm manager Brendin Horner will be appearing in court and after protests turned violent last week, authorities are taking no chances.
In a statement released by the GCIS on the matter, it was pointed out that the mandate of the police is to ensure the safety of all citizens:
"The cluster is mandated to ensure that all people in South Africa are and feel safe in their homes, places of work and businesses whilst they carry on with their lives. Law enforcement authorities are currently in the area to restore calm and order in the Free State community."
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