VIDEO: Why aren't you helping me in my language, man demands as cop whistles

2016-03-01 08:40
A screengrab of the officer in question. (Facebook)

A screengrab of the officer in question. (Facebook)

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Do you think our white people are dumb? - Man irate as Free State police officer won't assist in Afrikaans

2016-03-01 09:08

A video surfaced on social media showing a police officer not addressing a member of the public who had gone to a station in Welkom to report an incident.WATCH

Cape Town – A Free State police officer who did not help a member of the public who was speaking Afrikaans when he went into the police station will be investigated, the provincial division has confirmed.

This comes after a video surfaced on social media on Monday showing a police officer not addressing a member of the public who had gone to a station in Welkom to report an incident.

The video starts with the man saying to the officer: “Do you think our white people are dumb?” while the policeman sits with folded hands looking straight-faced at him.

 The man then angrily asks “hoekom help jy my nie in my taal nie [why are you not helping me in my language]?”

At this point, the officer leans back in his chair and begins whistling.

The man then repeatedly demands to be helped in Afrikaans but then addresses the officer in English.

“Why are you refusing to help me? Is it because I’m white?”

Free State police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said while it is clear the man can speak English, if an officer cannot address a member of the public in his preferred language, then they should find another officer who can.

“We cannot tolerate the behaviour of our member thus an internal investigation will be conducted about the incident,” Thakeng said in a statement.

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