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  • A police officer who used karate moves to fight off his colleagues at the Cape Town taxi rank on Thursday has been sent for medical treatment.
  • Western Cape police management are investigating the matter after a series of video clips went viral.
  • Eyewitnesses say the officer appeared to be "intoxicated or possessed".

A police officer stationed in Mitchells Plain has been referred to a medical facility after he allegedly assaulted his colleagues using martial arts moves, at the Mitchells Plain bus and taxi rank on Thursday.

The officer was captured on video losing his cool and turning hostile towards his colleagues.

A series of video clips of the incident has since gone viral on social media, showing the police officer doing karate chops and flying kicks while his colleagues try to calm him down and restrain him.

In the footage, one officer can be seen using pepper spray as a means to try and calm him down, as bystanders take videos while cheering him on and screaming in the background.

According to police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, the video clip had been viewed by SAPS management.

Swartbooi added:

We are [aware] of the incident where a police member stationed at Mitchells Plain SAPS acted out of character.

The officer has been referred to a medical facility for assistance.

Swartbooi added that the incident was being attended to, and that an internal investigation was under way.

Eyewitnesses said that the officer looked "intoxicated, possessed or drugged".

"I don't know if he was on drugs or if he was possessed, but that was not normal. Even when he was pepper-sprayed the first time it didn’t bother him, he continued to throw punches at his colleagues," Mishka Jacobs said.

Jacobs added that at one point, she heard him scream "Mummy!" and then he continued swearing as he shoved his colleagues away from him, who were desperately trying to calm him down.

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Wendy Solomons, 55, said there was a lot of commotion as people ran towards the taxi rank.

Another witness, 32-year-old Nomxolisi Albert, told News24 that she saw a man dressed in police clothing throwing punches and kicking his colleagues.

"It was scary. I think something must have seriously come over him to lash out like that," Albert added.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Grace Langa said that they were not investigating the incident.

"The reason we say the matter does not fall under our mandate is because the officer seen assaulting his colleagues was wearing uniform, but off duty, meaning he committed the assault not in the execution of his duties as outlined in IPID Act," she said.

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