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SAPS investigates conduct of policemen captured in video

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape


CAPE TOWN - The management of the SAPS in the Western Cape has appointed a senior police official located at the district level to institute an investigation in terms of the SAPS disciplinary code into the conduct of two police officials captured in a video involved in an altercation with a member of the public. The video is currently doing rounds on various social media platforms.

Preliminary findings reveal that the two policemen in the video are from Fish Hoek SAPS and had responded to a complaint in the area about a missing individual.

While criminal investigations into the conduct of SAPS members fall within the ambit of the IPID, the SAPS internal investigation will focus on whether the members had flouted any disciplinary prescripts that relate to the conduct of police members.

It is also worth noting that one of the police officials captured in the video, has opened a case of assault at the Fish Hoek police station, against the man in the video.

The man in the video has been sent to a medical facility for treatment and he too opened an assault GBH case against the police officials. The docket will be referred to the IPID.

The SAPS management would urge that space be given for investigations into the incident to unfold. Once the internal probe is finalised the outcome will be made known.


Brigadier Novela Potelwa
082 559 4676