An incident that was recorded at Honeydew Police station has made its way onto social media.
A woman by the name of Ruth du Toit shared the footage along with a caption detailing the alleged corruption and abuse her friend was put through the night before by members of SAPS after being pulled over.
The post reads:
My friend was pulled over last night by cops and was threatened.. They wanted to arrest her and told her she thinks she is privileged cause she is white!!!!!!…….. They made her draw R2 500 to let her go.. She was not drunk or even over the limit.. They took her phone, driver’s licence and shoes and told her they have her ID number so they can find [out] where she lives….. Therefore out of fear she drew the money… I went to Honeydew Police Station where a man sitting in the commander’s office confirmed there was an earlier roadblock.. I asked that vehicles must be tracked so we can see which vehicle stayed behind, [and thus] we will find the officers responsible…. Another officer responded (the man in the video) say[ing] Jhb police vehicles have not been tracked for the last 3 months ??? I asked for his badge number so I [could] escalate what he had just told me.. He refused.. I then turned on my video camera and this is what happened next!!!!!”
Honeydew Police spokesperson, Captain Balan Muthan has said in a statement the incident of the recording as well as her claims have been escalated to the station commander.
Commenting on the video posted Muthan said:
The officers tried explaining to her, but you can tell from the video that the lady was arrogant, even saying officers get away with murder. People are very quick to run to the newspapers and social media and tell one side of the story