Four VIP Protection Unit members who were filmed attacking three men on the N1 in Fourways were issued suspension letters.
The four are members of the VIP Protection detail assigned to Paul Mashatile, the deputy president.
A video of the incident, which shows the driver of a blue VW Polo being dragged from the vehicle and assaulted, has gone viral on social media.
One of the members is seen stamping on his head, while the other members kick the two others.
The police’s Athlenda Mathe: “In terms of the Saps [South African Police Service] disciplinary regulations they must provide representations why they should not be suspended under the circumstances. Their representations will be considered, and the outcome will be communicated to them.”
She stated that police management was taking action. “As management we are saying that we do not condone such behaviour regardless of the circumstances and we are saying no provocation can lead to such behaviour and we are moving with speed to address this unacceptable behaviour.”
The police watchdog The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has stated that it is looking into the incident, and police management has contacted the victims.
Yet, the images continue to generate outrage and anger both locally and internationally.
The video of the incident has been shown on international television, prompting numerous inquiries from viewers. Reaction in South Africa is also growing, with political groups such as Rise Mzansi joining in.
The party’s Makashule Gana said: “Had it not been the brave commuter with a cellphone in hand to record the violence… members of the public, this would have been another incident of lawlessness by the Saps VIP officers that would have gone unchecked.”