A flurry of accusations have ensured that both SAPS and IPID will have plenty to investigate over the next few days. A group of suspects in Welkom, Free State have filed a criminal complaint against two police officers, who were seen making an arrest without wearing their masks. However, their side of the story has also been shared.
TWO SIDES TO THE STORY?
According to the suspects, they are convinced that the officers in question assaulted one of them. He can be seen keeping the young male in a tight headlock. One bystander is panicked by this and shouts ‘you are killing him’ at the SAPS officials.
However, in a statement issued earlier today, the police department said that the altercation began with suspect initially refusing to put his mask on, and the pair from SAPS ended up ‘having their masks removed’ during the ensuing scuffle. One of the cops claims his arm was injured, after his door was kicked by the alleged offender.
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As stated by SAPS, things turned very ugly, very quickly in this part of Welkom. A slew of charges and counter-charges have since been laid – with the officers filing complaints of common assault, resisting arrest, failure to wear a mask, interfering or obstructing a police officer while performing his or her duties, and Crimean Injuria against the suspects.