Oops ... constable assaults provincial head of police

2015-03-10 00:00

A CONSTABLE from Belfast, Mpumalanga faces disciplinary action — and the teasing of his colleagues — after he “accidentally” assaulted the provincial head of the police on Thursday.

Lieutenant-General Mark Magadlela, the newly appointed provincial commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, made surprise visits to several police stations as part of his project to address corruption and discipline in the police.

He was accompanied by Colonel C. Mhlonthlo of the police’s legal services in Mpumalanga.

Both officers were in mufti so as not to be recognised. They were on their way to the Belfast police station when they saw a constable in a police van with a young child on the front seat. A standing order in the police forbids any civilian from being transported in official vehicles without ­official permission.

Magadlela walked to the police vehicle and pulled the keys from the ignition.

The constable then got out of the bakkie and assaulted the “thief” to get the keys back.

In defending himself, Magadlela reportedly injured a finger.

The constable reported the incident at the police station, where he learnt he had assaulted his boss.

Police spokesperson Colonel Leonard Hlathi confirmed the incident but did not want to add further detail.

It seems no criminal charges will be laid against the constable, but he will face internal disciplinary action.

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