Durban – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) confirmed on Friday that it arrested 11 Tshwane metro police officers for allegedly assaulting three men when they went to collect their car at the Tshwane Impound Vehicle Centre on October 2.
Ipid spokesperson Grace Langa confirmed the arrests and said the officers would appear in the Tshwane Central Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
On their Twitter page, Ipid said the arrested officers include nine men and two women.
Ipid said they would spend the weekend at Pretoria Central and would appear in court on Monday.
Corrections 2x females & 9 Males =11,apologies! https://t.co/PGObUPy6rf— Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID) (@IPID_ZA) October 15, 2021
In another Tweet, Ipid said the officers would spend the weekend in cells.
“No law provide for police to sjambok anyone.
“Police can ONLY use force when their lives are under threats and have no rights to assault anyone,” Ipid said.
11 officers arrested & will spend the weekend in the https://t.co/5TrQEWLhyO law provide for police to sjambok anyone.Police can ONLY use force when their lives are under threats & have no rights to assault anyone pic.twitter.com/ArdjVstSUm— Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID) (@IPID_ZA) October 15, 2021
Ipid further said the role of the police was to arrest and nothing else.
Assaulting people meant that they were playing the role of a police officer and judge.
Ipid questioned where the officers got sjamboks from because the government did not offer police sjamboks.
Ipid also questioned whose interest the police were serving by using sjamboks and assaulting citizens.
The role of police is to arrest nothing else. Assaulting people means you play the role of a police officer & a judge at a time. Where did they get sjamboks from?cause government do to offer police sjamboks.Whose interest are they serving by using sjamboks & assaulting citizens?— Independent Police Investigative Directorate(IPID) (@IPID_ZA) October 15, 2021
Following the assault, one of the victims in a video taken after the assault is seen in the video saying that they were assaulted for no reason, and turned for the camera showing all his injuries.
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