In a new development, the former bodyguards of Deputy President Paul Mashatile are back in court, with the State having presumably finalised its investigation.
According to EWN, they face multiple charges of assault, property damage, and pointing of a firearm. The eight members of the South African Police Service VIP protection unit are linked to an incident in July. This incident involved them being captured on video assaulting individuals alongside the N1 highway.
During their previous appearance at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, the State received a six-week postponement to conclude its investigations. Additionally, this postponement allowed for the State to organise an identity parade, enabling the victims to identify the individuals they believed assaulted them.
Following their 60-day suspension period, the police officers have returned to duty, albeit in desk positions, as they await the conclusion of their internal disciplinary process.
National police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe confirmed this arrangement, indicating that the officers will remain on desk duty during this period.
In their affidavits submitted to the court, all eight officers have expressed their intention to plead not guilty to the charges against them.
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