Douglasdale officers not suspended yet - police

2015-08-27 12:02
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Johannesburg - Two Douglasdale police officers allegedly involved in a police brutality incident have not yet been suspended, Gauteng police said on Thursday. They however confirmed that the matter was being investigated.

"The incident that took place in Douglasdale has been taken cognisance of and the case docket has been handed over to the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (Ipid) for investigation," spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

"Also, an internal investigation has been launched in order to address and discipline the members involved. At this stage, the two members have not yet been suspended as due process is being followed."

On Wednesday, a Douglasdale police spokesperson told News24 the two officers in question had been suspended.

"They were served with their suspension notices this [Wednesday] morning," Warrant Officer Balan Muthan said at the time.

"The matter will be investigated by Ipid."

Ipid investigates allegations of misconduct against police officers.

Mogale said the spokesperson had "jumped the gun" by saying the two officers had been suspended.

Video emerged

The alleged attack came to light earlier this week when a video of the confrontation between the two officers and two men emerged on YouTube.

The video, titled Police brutality hits again! Secret video footage, Douglasdale SAPS, purports to show two men in an exchange with two men in blue, and a police vehicle in the background bearing the Douglasdale police marking.

Mogale said Gauteng police management would not tolerate any form of misconduct or unruly behaviour by officers.

"As law-enforcement officials, police officers are expected to treat the community, including suspects, with respect and dignity they deserve.

"Police brutality is a criminal offence as well as a misconduct; charges will be instituted against any employee who is found to have committed such an offence," she said.


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