Following the publication of a video on social media, a traffic police officer from the Gauteng province has been placed on administrative leave.
An officer of the Gauteng traffic police who was seen on camera allegedly shooting a guy and then violently restraining him after the incident has been placed on precautionary suspension.
"We are aware of the video, and in point of fact, the officer in question is a member of our law enforcement team.
According to the spokesperson for Gauteng Traffic, Sello Maremane, the department has made the decision to place the officer in question on precautionary suspension pending the final outcome of the case. "The department has since decided to put the officer in question on precautionary suspension,"
It is possible to see the police cocking his gun and treading on the victim while he is lying in the road in the video that was uploaded on social media.
After the driver and the officer got into a struggle, the video's narrator can be heard reporting that the officer shot the driver in the leg.
"It isn't right for him to step on this guy like this," he said. "It isn't right for him to step on this guy."
This is the first half of the video that was shown on #CrimeWatch on eNCA DSTV403 last night. Recent events saw the occurrence in question take place on the East Rand. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and his father's vehicle was destroyed as a result. However, he has not been suspended as of yet. @GP CommSafety @FaithMazibukoSA pic.twitter.com/DEzwnSy65m
After this, the cop is shown pulling the victim across the street, leaving him on the sidewalk, and then treading on his head while he is still there.
The statement that Maremane added was as follows: "The department urges our law enforcement officers to fulfill their lawful duties in accordance with the Constitution of South Africa."
This case was just an isolated incident that needed to be thoroughly investigated as our traffic officers act lawfully when carrying out their lawful duties. "This case was just an isolated incident that needed to be thoroughly investigated."
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