“After being made aware of the incident captured on a video clip that is doing the rounds on various media platforms, the SAPS management has begun tracing the victims to obtain statements from them, while an internal departmental investigation is underway,” she said.
According to a preliminary report, the BMW automobiles driven by the gun-wielding VIP cops in the video belong to the police, and the individuals in the video are police officers.
While an internal inquiry into the members’ behaviour is underway, Mathe stated that the SAPS distances itself from the actions and behaviour exhibited in the video.
She claims the behaviour is inconsistent with the police’s beliefs and code of conduct, which establish the values and concepts that all SAPS officers are required to uphold, such as integrity, professionalism, accountability, and respect for human rights.
The members’ behaviour was denounced by National Police Commissioner Gen 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. Such action cannot be condoned regardless of the circumstance,” said Masemola.
The victims are encouraged to contact Brigadier Mathe on 082 0408 808 for investigation purposes.