DA calls on MEC Mazibuko to investigate the incident of a police officer assaulting a woman

Issued by Michael Shackleton MPL – DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Community Safety
22 Jan 2020 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is calling on the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko to investigate the incident of a police officer assaulting a woman inside the police station.

This follows a shameful incident captured in a video which went viral on social media. The video shows two male police officers forcefully dragging a woman across the floor inside the Client Service Centre.

One of the male officers is then seen assaulting the woman who is screaming for help.

It is alleged that the incident happened on Monday at the Evaton police station.

The video can be seen here

This unethical conduct by the police cannot be tolerated.

It is a crime to assault anyone and the fact that it was done by a police officer who has a duty to prevent crime is worrying and questions the safety of women in our police stations.

It is sad and disturbing that this incident occurred while the country is experiencing a high rate of murder and domestic violence against women.

The only way to present such acts by the police is to hire police officers, and to retain officers, with a passion for policing so as to make SAPS honest, professional and ensure that it serves and protects our people.

We will monitor the progress of the investigation into this incident to ensure that the law takes its course and that the victim gets the justice she deserves.