The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Juluis Malema says the attacked Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer should have dealt with the ‘Church mob’ who attacked him while on duty in Johannesburg decisively.
The JMPD officers should have dealt with those church people in a decisive manner, we can not have law enforcement disrespect like that because that will put all of us in danger.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) 13 November 2017
A man has been arrested by the South African Police Service for assaulting a Johannesburg Metro Police officer.
The attack took place when JMPD officials, one of them being Officer Siphiwe Sebati, tried to tow an illegally parked car belonging to a member of the Revelation Church of God on Claim Street in Hillbrow, as it was causing traffic congestion.
The incident took place on Sunday.
These church members disarmed a JMPD officer who attempted to tow away a church member’s car. He is in Hospital as we speak. Check the Full story on The New Age newspaper – Today @The_New_Age @JMPDSafety @CityofJoburgZA @HermanMashaba @moses_moyo pic.twitter.com/vOjXX9icrC
— Ntombi Nkosi (@nntombi_nkosi) 13 November 2017
“Preliminary investigations show that the JMPD officer drew his firearm and fired into the air to stop the protesters from advancing toward him, but the crowd did not heed the warning and proceeded to attack him,” JMPD spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said.
Sebati sustained injuries during the attack and was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Safety, Michael Sun, commended Sebati for remaining calm and sticking to the core of his training during the incident.
Sun condemned the incident and appealed to Johannesburg residents to be law abiding and help law enforcement agencies to maintain the peace.