According to the Independent Police Investigation Directorate, eight VIP protection unit officers will be formally arrested on Sunday in connection with an assault on the N1 highway.
“Ipid investigators will be processing the eight VIP protectors at the Sandton police station following authorisation by the Director of Public Prosecution in this regard.
“The eight members will be held at the Sandton police station until appearing at the Randburg magistrate’s court on Monday morning,” Ipid national spokesperson Robbie Raburabu said.
The officers have not been named because they have not been legally charged.
An investigation was launched after a video portraying a horrific attack went viral on social media.
Video showed members of the team assigned to vice president Paul Mashatile attacking three unarmed individuals in a VW Polo on their way from Johannesburg to Pretoria.
One of the victims, 25-year-old infantryman L’vaughn Fisher, has hired legal counsel and plans to sue the police for R1 million.
The other two men are military trainees.
According to the South African National Defence Union, theb victims described a black SUV appearing next to their vehicle, with one of the occupants allegedly pointing a handgun at the victims’ vehicle.
The victims’ vehicle was then surrounded by several Vehicles and forced to the left side of the N1 highway in formation.
They said that the occupants of the SUVs got out, encircled the victims’ vehicle, and attempted to smash the windscreen. When they were unsuccessful, the assailants smashed the back glass and assaulted the occupants.
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