Twit­ter storm rages over at­tack on cops

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LAU­REN JENSIK lau­ren.jensik@inl.co.za

NO AR­RESTS have been made af­ter the vi­o­lent at­tack on po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a drug raid in Van­der­bi­jl­park on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Colonel Kay Makhubele, the in­jured of­fi­cers were taken to hospi­tal be­fore they were able to iden­tify their at­tack­ers. “It’s only them who can iden­tify who as­saulted them,” Makhubele said yes­ter­day.

Af­ter a tip-off about a drug den, the of­fi­cers found four oc­cu­pants in a house. One, a Nige­rian man, was dead.

The of­fi­cers were con­fronted and as­saulted by a large group af­ter re­mov­ing the body, and be­fore more of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene.

“When you see peo­ple are at­tack­ing you, you re­treat, as they did,” said Makhubele.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula on Wed­nes­day con­demned the at­tack on the of­fi­cers. It was cap­tured on video and has gone vi­ral.

“No amount of anger can jus­tify the at­tack of po­lice of­fi­cers; po­lice of­fi­cers rep­re­sent the state. Un­der­min­ing of the po­lice is equiv­a­lent to un­der­min­ing the author­ity of the state, I am warn­ing th­ese thugs to de­sist un­der­min­ing our po­lice,” said Mbalula.

He said the house was oc­cu­pied by a well-known drug dealer.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were yes­ter­day await­ing the of­fi­cers’ re­cov­ery as well as the post-mortem re­sults of the dead man.

Twit­ter users re­acted with out­rage as footage of the po­lice video at­tack trended on so­cial me­dia.

@SibahleMo tweeted: “A po­lice uni­form should come with a level of re­spect and ‘stature’. But not here. In­stead po­lice are get­ting beat by thugs.”

@John­nyMasilela posted: “An at­tack on a po­lice of­fi­cial is an at­tack on the state.”

But @SHINOBI_MADARA posted his sus­pi­cions of the of­fi­cers’ mo­tives: “Pos­si­bil­i­ties are that the po­lice killed this guy. Wouldn’t you re­act in that man­ner if they killed some­one you know?”

SHOCKED: The video im­age of the cops get­ting vi­ciously beaten went vi­ral.

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