Police watchdog to probe VIP Protection Unit assault

Police watchdog to probe VIP Protection Unit assault

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) says it's launched an investigation into the SAPS members who were filmed assaulting motorists on the highway in Johannesburg.

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The VIP Protection Unit officers are part of the deputy president's security detail.


The incident happened over the weekend on the N1.


The officers, brandishing guns, attacked at least two car occupants.


One of the bodyguards is seen kicking one of the victims in the head as he lies motionless on the side of the road.

READ: AA: Deep concern over threats by VIP units to motorists


Paul Mashatile has condemned their actions, saying he abhors the use of unnecessary force.


"The executive director received a complaint from members of parliaments Mr Whitfield and Mr Terreblanche, regarding the incident of Assault that happened yesterday on the N1 North within the precinct of Sandton Police station. The footage showed members of SAPS assaulting the Driver of a VW Polo and his passengers," says IPID spokesperson Robbie Raburabu. 


"IPID Investigators have already been in contact with the family members of the Victims so that they could be assisted in laying charges. Engagements are underway to also get the Employers of the Victims to assist with the investigations."

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