Probe paramedic's arrest - MEC

2013-01-24 15:30

Cape Town - Police officers who apparently manhandled a paramedic attending to a Franschhoek accident scene should be investigated, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Thursday.

The incident on Tuesday, posted on video sharing site YouTube, shows two police officers escorting the medic past an accident scene to their police van, where they try to push him in after arresting him.

The medic is heard asking if he can enter the van himself because he has a broken leg that is healing.

The officers can be heard saying they would use the necessary force against him.

Another official is then seen begging the officers to help secure the accident scene.

After watching the video online, Plato said he had written to provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer to request an urgent investigation.

The MEC said he was required to monitor police conduct and promote relations between police and the community as part of his oversight role.

"The conduct of the two police officers in the report raises serious questions about those officers’ ability to manage an accident scene, and suggests that they do not have a good relationship with the local community after arresting what appears to be a man only willing to help, in a legitimate capacity, in a very serious situation."

Plato said he would be asking provincial Health MEC Theuns Botha whether any similar cases had occurred in the past.

The paramedic in the video was identified on social media sites as Garth van Zyl, who worked for Medicare EMR.

He had been attending to a truck carrying sheep that had overturned on Franschoek pass.

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said the paramedic was arrested in Lambrechts Road at 13:00 on Tuesday for "hindering a police officer to perform his duties".

"The circumstances surrounding the matter are still under investigation, and this office is at this point unfortunately not in a position to comment on the finer aspects of the matter," Traut said.

He said Van Zyl was released on warning the same day and told to appear in the Paarl Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

According to the Medicare EMR Facebook page, the medic's case was postponed until 12 February, because of a paperwork error.

Comment from the National Prosecuting Authority could not be obtained immediately.

  • werner.niksch - 2013-01-24 15:46

    what's there to investigate?it's all on tape...

      riaan.herselman.7 - 2013-01-24 15:52

      Als in die f@@@ken land moet mos ondersoek word , " job creation "

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-24 16:29

      Probably looking into some sort of 'national inquiry' and so need to set up a 'special task team' to do the necessary investigation!!!

      Kawasaki1985 - 2013-01-24 17:04

      @ marilyn - However, it must be headed up by a retired judge. The commission will present its findings in secret by the "Turn of the Century" and only if the report is in favor of the SAPS.

      tiaan.papier - 2013-01-30 20:13

      They just looked for a way to make this all dissapear like always because this effects their image and investigating it is just their way of saying its going to the dustbin without being looked at!!

  • lelanie.prinsloo - 2013-01-24 15:46

    Typical of the SAPS! I am sick and tired of the BS in this country and for one feel sorry for all races that we have to deal with such idiots! They should be arrested (the cops)!

      danalexsmith - 2013-01-24 16:10

      what is the law in SA on starting a malitia and taking unruly police captive?

      D_MAN - 2013-01-24 16:20

      It's amazing how they arrest a paramedic so quickly because he was telling them to do there job and yet they take forever to arrest rapests and criminals. The police officers must be suspended with no pay and go back to basic training. SAPS are pathetic

      henk63 - 2013-01-24 16:57

      This was just to show the white man who is boss. You see it every day, where public servants abuse whatever power they have. Get ready for many more serious cases with the same theme.

  • flysouth - 2013-01-24 15:47

    The two policemen acted like thugs and were reacting in an overly aggressive and personal manner which is unacceptable for any official of the SAPS. The remedy for such unprofessional conduct should be dismissal, nothing less.

      marc.ross.965 - 2013-01-24 16:14

      They should be probed, with a cattle prodder.

      clive.wannenburg - 2013-01-24 16:34

      They were abusing their power and not doing their Job, which is to SERVE and PROTECT. they wanted to be lazy and do nothing but get a paycheck and when confronted to do their job retaliated like uneducated Animals.

  • Cayowin - 2013-01-24 15:48

    Sure, paper work error. More like a boss telling his idiotic, paramedic arresting, over inflated ego bearing donut eaters to just make this case go away. And they do what they normally do, 'lose' the paperwork.

  • jaco.gericke1 - 2013-01-24 15:49

    Disgraceful. The SAPS has different priorities that apparently don't include protecting the citizens of SA.

      bob.slap.12 - 2013-01-24 16:10

      that is not SAPS its the other morons traffic

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-24 15:55

    Doubt the mentioned policemen knew the accident scene protocol anyway. So many useless cops now, many don't even know the basic format of writing a statement. This situation is just a small example of incompetence and abuse of authority.

  • pieter.vanzyl3 - 2013-01-24 16:03

    Another law suit. It is time they feel it on their salary and pension.

  • bob.slap.12 - 2013-01-24 16:09

    bloody fools

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-01-24 16:16

    Bliksem them with a shambok! Only language they will ever understand!

  • robbie.crouch - 2013-01-24 16:25

    I see a fat settlement coming.

  • adrian.hill.750 - 2013-01-24 16:26

    Them blue Parktown Pig Prawns are making a$$es of themselves as usual... haaaaw, thees one white boy he comes by the akksedent and then he thries to sava theeee peoples and he tries to direkta da traffik bekause de road she is unsafe when der issa theee akksedent - who does theees white boy thinka he isss - he can''t come here anda werk when us blue Prawns are having eeee sleep in the police van on the the road....haaaw...we must arrest him and sticka him in the jail with them other krimanals lika the docta''s, dentists anda the teacha''s

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-24 16:44

    I hope Mr. LaMOER does his thing....

  • Lukyan.Ahmedenko - 2013-01-24 16:46

    This mornings report said the cop did not want to secure the scene as he had already damaged one vehicle. Now in this report they saying the paramedic was charged with "hindering a police officer to perform his duties" Makes me wonder if he didnt want to do his job, how do we get to hindering his job... Also what does the he worked for medicare emr mean??? Does that mean he doesnt anymore or for a while now.... Sometimes I wonder who writes these articles?

  • kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2013-01-24 16:49

    You must probe whether he used a k-word

      audrey.sabag - 2013-01-24 17:05

      Really? Wow, sometimes these comments amaze me. And what K-word would that be, considering you say A k-word...

      Madoqua - 2013-01-24 17:49

      Yeah, and they need to probe if the cops used the b-word, the c-word, the m-word or the w-word. That is b0er, colonizer, m@lungu or wh1tey. Kgotlaetsile, please look past that chip on your shoulder. It is not all about race.

      kgotlaetsile.mophuti - 2013-01-24 18:13

      Jst kidding guys! But thats what ANC would've said lol

      rachell.lass - 2013-01-24 18:15

      Idiot !

      reg.nagel - 2013-01-24 18:28

      mophuti...anc bruality

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-01-24 19:29

      where must they probe for the k word? from behind?

      rianasemail - 2013-01-24 19:31

      Hey kgotlaetsile....your kind will be your own downfall...

      MrGrumpy - 2013-01-24 20:50

      Well, if he didn't, I will.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-25 07:51

      He did use k word he said Kgotlaetsile do your job properley

      annemarie.pretorius.14 - 2013-01-28 18:19

      I know Garth and he is very professional and doesn't use that kind of language especially not on a scene. Even if he had said that, does that warrant that kind of behaviour from the cops who are NOT the most important people on an accident scene? I was a reservist for SAPS and we were taught to DEAL with any racist or rude remarks with professionalism and a warning to the offensive person, not manhandle people just because we can.So let's leave racism out of it and focus on the bigger issue - emergency care on scene and WHAT exactly is considered disturbing an officer on scene so the rest of us medics can learn how to tiptoe on eggshells around aggressive cops.

  • david.luis.9822924 - 2013-01-24 17:46

    Police brutality, a daily occurrence in most parts of SA.

  • joburg.comment - 2013-01-24 18:22

    What a bunch of poorly trained people. No wonder people shoot the police - they act like they are judge and jury and executioner. I sincerley hope that one day they and their family require a paramedic and that paramedic is arrested by the same illogical morons and lets see what happens

  • MrGrumpy - 2013-01-24 20:46

    Can anybody correct my impression from the picture that two blacks are stopping a white paramedic with a recovering broken leg from doing his job and tossing him into a police van? This is like a photo negative of 30 years ago. As much as the idiots were disgusting then, these k-boys are disgusting now.

  • 4man1 - 2013-01-24 21:02

    Clearly these cops are incompetent. Never mind the shape they are in. The ugly face of officialdom and thugs abusing what little powers they have. A K word does come to mind "Klutzes" of the first order.

  • danievdlinde - 2013-01-24 22:58

    You can not HIDE this kinda thing any more. Living in New Zealand and we know about it...

      Donkervlie - 2013-01-26 19:32

      While you are in NZ please thank all those activists for the effort they made in the seventies and eighties to force us to accept the ANC as the government and ask them when will they make an effort to help us get rid of these thugs like they did with the apartheid government but this time we will choose who will be voted into power.

      williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-27 09:16

      Yes we should ask all those anti-apartheid activists to help us get rid of the new evil.

  • terry.brauckmann - 2013-01-24 23:41

    If it were white police arresting a black paramedic, the ANC and ANCYL would be shouting RACISM by now! They would have publicly attacked the incident with vigour and enthusiasm! Scoring every political point they could! WHY IS ZOOMER AND HIS CRONIES SO QUITE NOW? It figures!

  • corrupt.anc.3 - 2013-01-25 06:55

    Bloody goons. Most of SA's cops seem to be these days.

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-27 09:14

    He probably disturded them while they were having lunch.

  • J.A.Rademan - 2013-01-28 07:48

    The police are really f'n hopeless. Seems like the all the call centre rejects became police officers.

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