A video has surfaced on social media showing an Ekurhuleni Metro police officer being assaulted by a man.
The preamble to the video, which is posted on the Intelligence Bureau SA Facebook page and on YouTube by Crime Watch, states that EMPD officer Mbele was assaulted outside outside Dunnottar Primary School in Nigel, east of Johannesburg, allegedly for issuing traffic fines on Monday, August 15.
In the video, a man can be seen pulling the Metro police officer to the ground and dragging him along the road, at which point parents and pupils circle around to watch.
EMPD spokesperson Clifford Shogwe confirmed to the New Age that Chief Superintendent Mbele, who is head of the eastern region which includes Springs and Nigel, is traumatised and recovering after he was assaulted in front of Dunnottar in Nigel in full view of adults and pupils on Monday. Apparently the suspect had parked illegally on a solid white line and Mbele had reprimanded him. The suspect then attacked the officer.
While one man can be seen pushing the officer down and dragging him along the ground, Shongwe reportedly said they believed some of the bystanders could have joined in the assault.
He was further quoted as saying he felt humiliated and said it showed a lack of patriotism from citizens that none of the bystanders helped the officer.
The New Age further spoke to Dr Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies who believed the incident demonstrated that “South Africa seems to be an angry nation”, stating that there was an increased level of disregard of officers and a growth in lawlessness.
— Mzai (@nhlangothimzai) August 15, 2016
Many Facebook users showed their outrage at the video by posting on the Intelligence Bureau’s Facebook page: