- A man has been assaulted in a police station while officers allegedly stood idly by
- An incident had occurred earlier leading to a car chase between the victim and a private security company
- Police have launched an investigation into the incident
A video has surfaced on Twitter of a white man, named Barend, being violently assaulted in a police station by a group of men while police officers allegedly stood by and did nothing.
One of the men allegedly attacking the man is Mathlatsi Maroga, the owner of a private security company, who took offence when the victim allegedly called him a baboon.
The video was taken on Sunday inside a police station in Mpumalanga. Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi has said an investigation has been launched and district commissioner of Ehlanzeni, Major-General Dianah Mashele has assembled a team.
The video shows a white male being assaulted while a woman can be heard screaming hysterically in the background demanding that they stop and someone help while police stand idly by. The video was uploaded by social media commentator Yusuf Abramjee on Twitter.
Barend's fiancé, Delia Jordaan told The South African that Barend had reversed into the Maroga's car in an attempt to escape a potentially dangerous situation which they thought was a hijacking attempt Maroga alleged that Barend insulted him after driving into his vehicle according to The Citizen.
She said that one of the security officers drew his firearm on them and a Range Rover blocked their exit so Barend drove over the traffic barriers and headed towards the nearest police station.
Maroga has since opened a case and has denied the allegations levelled against him and said that they had only chased the couple because they had allegedly taken a cell phone containing evidence.
Hlathi has urged Barend to open a criminal case for the purpose of the investigation.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that informative Twitter user @YusufAbramjee recently headed to Twitter to share a clip of a drunk man disarming a police official. In the clip, the officer and the drunk man appeared to be in an altercation.
The man proceeds to take the gun and starts shooting in the air, much to the surprise and shock of the screaming people who had been watching the entire harrowing thing unfold.
"A man under the influence of alcohol disarmed a female @SAPoliceService officer and fired shots wildly. The cop fled. This happened in Mafahlaneng, Free State," the post was captioned.
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