Law enforcement officials throw apples at men

2017-05-27 17:00
Apples. (Okanagan Specialty Fruits, AP)

Apples. (Okanagan Specialty Fruits, AP)

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Cape Town - In what could be regarded as "police brutality", several municipal law enforcement officers made four men stand along a road at a mountain edge near Villiersdorp and threw apples at them.

The officers removed the apples from a municipal vehicle, and the officials can be heard laughing and swearing in the video circulating on social media.

They were instructed to “look at the mountain” as the fruit is thrown at them, and at one point an apple hits the head of one of the men, while another at one stage in the clip tried to move out of the way.

The officers are allegedly employed by the Theewaterskloof municipality in Villiersdorp. 

The video has been widely shared on social media and has already been viewed almost 300 000 times. Many viewers expressed shock and horror at the officials’ behaviour and strongly condemned it. 

Theewaterskloof municipality mayor Christelle Vosloo said she had seen the video and was upset by the actions of the officials. 

She has undertaken to comment as quickly as possible on what steps the municipality will take against the officials. 

Vosloo said: "I noted the video footage showing people, dressed in the uniforms of law enforcers, throwing apples at the victims. I regard the conduct of the attackers as inhumane and a gross violation of the safety and dignity of their victims.

"I am devastated that the victims had to endure this trauma and I believe their constitutional rights, not to be exposed to psychological, emotional and physical abuse had been violated. I will ensure an immediate investigation into the incident.

"If any personnel of the municipality are found guilty in regards to the incident they will face the strongest disciplinary actions possible.  I call on the community to give me and the municipality an opportunity to investigate the incident and to deal with it appropriately. I will keep them informed on an on-going basis."

She said she would meet with the victims and ensure that they receive "all the support available to deal with the trauma they suffered".  

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