In an effort to address a distressing incident involving alleged assault by South African Police Service (SAPS) members, the SAPS management has initiated an investigation and is actively working to trace the victims. A video capturing the incident has been circulating on various media platforms, drawing widespread attention and concern.
Preliminary findings indicate that the vehicles depicted in the video belong to the SAPS, and the individuals seen engaging in the alleged assault are indeed SAPS members. The SAPS management has promptly distanced itself from the reprehensible behavior displayed in the video, emphasizing that it contradicts the organization’s values, code of conduct, and commitment to upholding human rights.
In response to the incident, a comprehensive internal departmental investigation has been launched to uncover the truth and hold the responsible parties accountable. The SAPS is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and accountability among its members. Actions contrary to these principles, such as those depicted in the video, are regarded as entirely unacceptable by the SAPS leadership.
General Fannie Masemola, the National Commissioner of the SAPS, expressed strong condemnation of the behavior exhibited by the members involved in the incident. General Masemola emphasized that it is the duty of SAPS members to safeguard and protect the fundamental rights of every individual while responsibly exercising their powers.
“Such action cannot be condoned regardless of the circumstance,” stated General Fannie Masemola. “Members of the SAPS are meant to uphold and protect the fundamental rights of every person and exercise the powers conferred upon them in a responsible and controlled manner.”
To ensure a thorough investigation, the SAPS urges the victims of the alleged assault to come forward and provide their statements. Brigadier Athlenda Mathe has been designated as the point of contact for victims, and they are encouraged to reach out to her at 0820408808. By collaborating with the victims, the SAPS aims to gather crucial information that will aid in the investigation process.
The SAPS management has reiterated its commitment to addressing this incident transparently and taking appropriate disciplinary action against the members involved, if found guilty. This case serves as a reminder of the importance of trust between the SAPS and the public, and the SAPS is determined to maintain that trust by addressing any misconduct promptly and thoroughly.
As the investigation progresses, the SAPS management pledges to keep the public informed of any significant developments. The SAPS remains dedicated to promoting a culture of respect, professionalism, and adherence to human rights within its ranks, ensuring that incidents like this do not tarnish the reputation of the organization or undermine public confidence in law enforcement agencies.