The SAPS is set to launch an investigation into the incident that took place at the White River police station, where a civilian was allegedly harassed by officials.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) took to Twitter on Monday, 29 March 2021, to circulate a statement confirming that it is set to investigate the events of the viral video being circulated on social media. The viral video in question showcases the alleged violent mistreatment of a civilian at the hands of police officials and private security personnel. Reports on the reason for the alleged mistreatment of the civilian have been minimal, however, it is believed that the alleged victim had captured the SAPS in an unflattering light and they then attempted to confiscate his cellphone to delete the footage.
According to the statement shared by the SAPS, “A criminal case of malicious damage to property and crimen injuria has been opened against the man who was pressed down as he is accused of colliding with a certain vehicle and allegedly uttered racial slurs.”
Moreover, in terms of progress on the investigation, the statement revealed, “The District Commissioner of Ehlanzeni, Major General Dianah Mashele, has urgently attended to the matter and further established a team led by two senior police officers to probe this matter departmentally, to scrutinise the conduct of the SAPS members who were on duty that day.”
See the post below.
#sapsMP Police management in Mpumalanga have taken note of a video making rounds on social media, in which individuals are embroiled in a physical altercation at White River Police Station. A team has been established to probe the incident. MLhttps://t.co/y5hQ6onbsC pic.twitter.com/1Ap1iofobm
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) March 29, 2021