The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has welcomed the arrest of a 29-year-old male suspect on allegations of assaulting a member of the SAPS at Badplaas.
The incident is said to have occurred in the evening of Saturday, 18 September 2021, around 20:30.
According to police report, the police Constable was on duty, attending to a murder incident that occurred at a local tavern. The member was allegedly attacked and severely assaulted as he got out of the state vehicle upon arrival at the scene.
The member sustained some injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment where he was later discharged. A case was opened accordingly and the matter was investigated where the suspect was sought and arrested on Sunday 19 September 2021 at a tavern few hours after the incident.
He is expected to appear before the Carolina Magistrate’s Court on Monday 20 September 2021 facing a charge of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.
The Provincial Commissioner has further condemned this incident and sent a stern warning that a situation of disrespecting police officials or any law enforcement officer will never be tolerated. The General also indicated that those who attempt to do that will face the full might of the law.