Call for probe into cop van escape viral video

2016-06-11 17:45
Screengrab of escape from police van. (Youtube)

Screengrab of escape from police van. (Youtube)

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WATCH: Suspects escape from back of police vehicle in Pinetown

2016-06-10 13:06

A video has emerged showing two suspects escape out of the back of a parked SAPS vehicle, allegedly in Pinetown, KZN on Thursday. Watch. WATCH

Durban – KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport and Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda on Saturday made a call for a full investigation into the video footage apparently showing suspects escaping from a police van in Pinetown, west of Durban.

The video went viral on social media on Friday and shows the vehicle, with Pinetown SAPS branding outside the Siza Hardware store on Stanfield Road.

One captive appears to bend open the bottom portion of the canopy's door and squeezes out. Then he is seen helping out a second suspect - all while onlookers cheer them on. There doesn't appear to be an officer in the front seat. 

The two men had been arrested for possession of firearms.

"We are calling for a full-scale investigation into this matter. If police were negligent, action must be taken against them," Kaunda said in a statement.

"If a member of the community assisted the suspects, [the] law must also take its course. We are also disturbed at the behaviour of some members of the public who were watching as the incident happens and turning this into a mockery instead of assisting the police.

"We urge the people of KwaZulu-Natal to work with the police because it is only through [a] strong partnership between police and the community that we can fight and defeat crime." 

The video was originally shared on the PharSide - Wildly South African Facebook page and already has more than 121 000 views.

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