A man in Roodepoort, on the West Rand, has accused a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer of assaulting and racially abusing him.
The alleged incident happened after Steven van Eeden approached a JMPD officer who had parked a van in a disabled parking area at the Roodepoort Licensing Department on Wednesday.
The officer had allegedly sworn at a woman who asked him to move his vehicle in order for her to park as she had an elderly passenger in her car when Van Eeden intervened, Roodepoort Record reported.
“I said to him he is wrong as these were pensioners of which one is disabled and they require the parking space,” Van Eeden said in an affidavit signed at the Roodepoort Police Station.
“He got out of the vehicle and started swearing at me, calling me a ‘f***ing white a**hole’,” he said.
The officer allegedly also told Van Eeden not to take his “white tendencies” out in public before continuing to swear at the women in the vehicle.
Van Eeden said he had to restrain himself when the officer allegedly started pushing him around and sticking his finger in his face. Other officers stepped in and tried to restrain the officer.
“They told me to hold back and not touch him, as he’s looking for an excuse to have me arrested,” Van Eeden said.
Eventually another officer, the driver of the van, managed to get the officer into the van, who continued swearing as they pulled out of the parking spot.
An internal investigation into the officer’s alleged conduct has since been launched by the JMPD.
“The JMPD will not condone nor tolerate any racism from one of our own,” JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnar said.
– Caxton News Service