Watch: Police accused of brutality, as Sebokeng man kicked …

Watch: Police accused of brutality, as Sebokeng man kicked …

Tensions continue to exist between law enforcement and the general public, on our 13th day of lockdown. Police officers in Sebokeng, Gauteng have been accused of brutality, after they were seen beating and kicking a citizen to the ground. The man is believed to have nipped out to the store for a soft drink in Zone 12.

Lockdown laws brutally enforced

Technically, this would be a violation of the current lockdown rules. People are only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes, and ‘going for a Coke’ doesn’t fall under that remit. However, the footage we’ve seen from Sebokeng shows that the crime may not fit the punishment.

The shopper is clobbered by three police officers, who were aided by the strategic placement of an ambulance. The vehicle cuts-off the rule-flouter as he makes a break for it. Once police have caught up with their target, he gets a stern kicking and is dropped to the floor.

Watch: Sebokeng man beaten by police officers

Sebokeng – more disturbing claims emerge

We get that lockdown means lockdown, but these actions did seem over-zealous. What may be an even bigger concern for our civil liberties is the suggestion that the women who captured this video were also arrested on Tuesday. The EFF’s National Organizer, Patrick Sindane, told us the pair had been criminally charged:

“The two ladies in Sebokeng were released in the early hours of the morning, charged with ‘failing to comply with disaster management’. Really now – taking a video in your yard and inside your home constitutes such? We thank all the organizations that came forward and are assisting with this issue.”

Patrick Sindane

SAPS are yet to respond to queries we made about the incident, but it comes just days after both police and SANDF officials pleaded with their service personnel to avoid any overly-physical reactions. Clearly, some law enforcement professionals have not heeded this warning.

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Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:39:00 +0000

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