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Four VIP Protection Unit Officers Face Suspension Following Internal Investigation



Joburg highway assault

Four VIP Protection Unit officers received suspension letters after the recent case of the Joburg highway assault. According to 702, a video on social media showed how the blue VW Polo driver was forcefully pulled out of the vehicle and subjected to assault. The incident occurred on the N1 in Fourways, involving eight members of the VIP Protection Unit assigned to Deputy President Paul Mashatile.

See the video below, courtesy of Ian Cameron:

Also read: Police Launch Search for 3 Men Allegedly Assaulted by SAPS VIP Protection on N1 in Joburg as Viral Video Sparks Outrage


One officer stomped on the victim’s head while the others joined in with kicks. They now must provide representations as to why they should not receive suspensions under the circumstances, according to Athlenda Mathe, spokesperson for the police. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the matter, and the police management has contacted the victims.

Despite these actions, the shocking visuals have sparked outrage locally and internationally, with widespread condemnation of the incident. Makashule Gana of the political party Rise Mzansi praised the vigilant commuter who recorded the violence, stating that without their intervention, this incident of lawlessness by the SAPS VIP officers could have gone unchecked.

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Picture: Twitter / beard_messiah


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