Western Cape SAPS Confirms Investigation into Controversial Video

Western Cape SAPS Confirms Investigation into Controversial Video

- A video clip of South African Police Service members beating a man with a sjambok has prompted outrage

- It has now emerged that the two Western Cape officers in the clip have been identified

- The SAPS in the province have confirmed that an investigation into the controversial matter

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The South African Police Service in the Western Cape is investigating two officers after a video of their unacceptable behaviour went viral.

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The SAPS has confirmed that an investigation has been launched. Image: @LudidiVelani/ Twitter
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The two men, identified as Worcester officials, were caught on camera assaulting another pair of individuals.

The incident in question is believed to have occurred near an industrial area in Worcester on Monday.

This information comes as a surprise after the police van viewed in the clip was marked as a Ceres vehicle.

However, it has now emerged that the van is currently being utilized by the unit in Worchester.

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The South African Police Service has confirmed that an internal probe has launched to bring the individuals to task.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a short clip of three South African police officers, two males and one female, using a sjambok to hit two unidentified men has been shared online by a local journalist LudidiVelani on his personal Twitter page.

"Worcester police caught on camera sjamboking a man and another searching and slapping the second man. The incident happened on Monday, the van belongs to Ceres police station but is used by the Worcester unit and the police have been positively identified."

SAPS have confirmed that they are investigating the incident and the officers involved have been identified. The victims are yet to be located/identified.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said that beating up and manhandling of individuals and/or suspects is against, departmental directives and prescripts that govern the handling of persons by police officials.

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"In addition, the use of a sjambok by police officials is not only forbidden but unlawful."" tweeted Ludidi.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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