The officer shown on video abusing a female citizen has already been identified, according to the South African Police Service (SAPS), and will face disciplinary action. The viral video, which was shot on a cellphone, shows the cop striking the lady in front of other policemen.
The attack is thought to have occurred at the Tembisa Police Station. The anonymous woman had gone to the police station to report a crime, but was instead confronted with assault from the same individuals who were supposed to protect and serve her, according to anti-crime campaigner Yusuf Abramjee, who shared the video on Twitter.
"The member involved has been identified, and the Provincial Inspectorate, which deals with police complaints, has already asked the District Coordinator to initiate a departmental disciplinary inquiry," said SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili.
Police looking for woman assaulted in video
Police are now contacting the lady in the video, urging her to come forward so that they may file a report with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). In a second video, all hell breaks loose as the cop realizes his assault on the woman is being recorded and confronts the mobile phone owner, who is heard screaming at one point.
"We're appealing to both the victim and the witness to come forward so that we may file a criminal complaint against the member or members involved." For further investigation, the criminal matter will be forwarded to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)." Brigadier Brenda Muridili, spokesman for the SAPS.
Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, the Gauteng Police Commissioner, has harshly denounced the crime, declaring gender-based violence and femicide to be a second pandemic in the nation.
"Crimes against women and children are a top priority for the South African Police Service, and they will never be condoned, particularly when committed by a member of the Service who has sworn to serve, protect, and enforce the law." "I anticipate a swift probe into the incident," he stated.
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