Doubt has been cast over the police management’s seriousness in distancing itself from the brutality of its VIP officers.
Civil rights group, Action Society founder, Ian Cameron indicates that this behaviour is a regular occurrence amongst some of these officers, adding that it appears to have become the culture amongst their ranks.
Cameron doesn’t believe the police management were sorry about the Gauteng Highway assault, but only apologised because they were caught out.
Video shows the security detail of the Deputy President Paul Mashatile dragging two males from a vehicle and brutally assaulting them. A third person is seen lying on the side of the road.
At least four warrant officers who are attached to the police’s Presidential Protection Services (PPS) have since been served with suspension letters, while two others are also expected to face a similar sanction.
It’s alleged that the victims got too close to the unmarked VIP vehicles, prompting the attack.
The incident has raised concern about the prevalence of police brutality in South Africa