• Re: Outrage erupts in South Africa over video of deputy president's sec

    From Wotta Shame@21:1/5 to Kurt Nicklas on Wed Jul 5 08:27:50 2023
    XPost: alt.fan.rush-limbaugh, alt.politics, alt.politics.nationalism.white XPost: alt.survival

    Kurt Nicklas <namblamember@gop.org> wrote in news:soolno$kus$7@news.dns-netz.com:

    He had it coming. Don't worry about it.

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A group of armed plainclothes officers
    assigned to protect South Africa's deputy president were caught on video dragging a man out of a car and then stomping on his head until he lies motionless, sparking outrage and drawing more attention to the country's problems with police brutality.

    The officers are part of the police security team protecting South Africa Deputy President Paul Mashatile, his office confirmed on Tuesday. There
    are no indications that Mashatile was present during the incident. His spokesperson didn't immediately respond to phone calls seeking further

    The video of the weekend incident shows the officers, some of them holding rifles, dragging the man across the road on a major highway in
    Johannesburg and then kicking him and stomping on his head and body. The
    man appears to be kicked unconcious and lies motionless on his back after
    the attack. The officers are also seen kicking another man, who holds his
    hands over his head to protect himself.

    The police protection unit is known in South Africa as the “blue light
    brigade” and has a reputation for using unneccesary force. The unit's
    officers are often criticized for driving fast down highways and reacting
    with force if other drivers don’t immediately recognize the small blue
    lights and sirens in their vehicles and move out of the way.

    The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), which handles
    cases of misconduct by police, said it had opened an investigation into
    the alleged assault of the driver of the car and his passengers by police officers.

    Mashatile's office said in a statement that he “abhors any unnecessary use
    of force, particularly against unarmed civilians.”

    It didn't say if Mashatile had been part of a convoy of vehicles traveling
    on the highway in the leadup to the incident.

    The video was recorded by a person in another car not involved in the
    incident and posted to Twitter.

    After the incident, the officers, who are part of a larger dedicated
    police unit tasked with protecting South African politicans and other
    VIPs, get into two black SUVs and drive away.

    The video shows a third man also lying on the side of the road in the aftermath. It's unclear if he was also beaten. A woman is seen getting out
    of the car and holding her hands above her head as the men are kicked and stomped on.

    At least seven police officers, some of them wearing suits, were involved
    and the video shows at least three of them kicking and stomping on the two
    men. Two of the officers seen kicking the men are holding rifles while the third has a pistol in his hand.

    Amid an outcry, national police spokersperson Brig. Athlenda Mathe said in
    a statement that the officers have been identified “and will be subjected
    to internal processes.”

    Police had also “successfully traced the victims of this incident,” Mathe
    said, and they were being interviewed.

    Mathe also posted the 45-second long video on her Twitter account. She
    wrote in an earlier tweet that “Police officers are meant to uphold and
    protect the fundamental rights of every person ... Such behaviour cannot
    be condoned.”

    The statement from Mashatile’s office said South Africa’s national police commissioner had “promised a thorough investigation.”

    It's not clear what led to the incident as the car had already been pulled
    over by the time the video starts.

    South Africa has a problem with police brutality, with the most notorious recent incident in 2012 when 34 miners were killed when police fired on
    them with assault rifles during a prolonged strike over wages and
    conditions. In another high-profile incident in 2020 that gained national attention, a man was beaten to death at his home by soldiers while police watched on.

    IPID investigated 3,407 complaints of unlawful assault by police officers
    in the 2021-2022 financial year, according to its annual report, a rate of nearly 10 a day.

    50 minutes ago

    Thank Christ they're not white supremacists anymore.


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