A woman was allegedly assaulted by an unidentified police officer for filming the “unlawful” arrest of Elsies River Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Imraahn Mukaddam.
The woman believed to be a member of the board of The Inspire Network — a community activist group — was later arrested after laying assault charges against the police officer.
As per the video that was posted to Facebook on Friday, it appears that Mukaddam’s business premises were searched without a warrant, where he was later arrested for “theft”.
According to Bruinou.com, the pair were about to attend a meeting with Elsies River South African Police Service (SAPS) senior officers regarding coordination of the search for kidnapped 8-year-old Tazne van Wyk who went missing on 7 February.
Watch: Woman allegedly assaulted
Here’s what can be seen in the video
In the video, you can see Mukaddam being arrested. A woman (Gribi) is taking the video. She says: “He is not resisting, the man wasn’t resisting.” She reassures Mukaddam that they will follow him to the police station.
Written on the side of the police car is “Western Cape Flying Squad.”
Mukaddam shouts to the Gribi saying that they are allegedly doing work for a private company. That is when Gribi asks the police officer for identification.
When the woman asks for the officer’s badge, he is seemingly flustered and asks her where’s she’s from and what she does. When she asks him why he is not wearing a badge for identification, he begins pointing and shouting.
“Why do you want my name? Why must I give you my name?” the police officer screams.
Gribi then proceeds to the back of the vehicle to get a glance at the number plate. She tells the police officer that the handcuffs are hurting Mukaddam’s hands. “He’s not a danger to the community sir,” she says.
The police officer says: “I’m trying to get keys for these handcuffs.” Suddenly, he lfts his hand and knocks the camera out of Gribi’s hands, telling her to stop filming.
He allegedly says he will break the woman’s phone and proceeds to hit her.
Community activists released from police custody
Founder of The Inspire Network Steve Ross, just after 19:00 on Friday, confirmed the release of Mukaddam and Gribi.
“Mr Mukaddam and Ms Gribi have both been released from custody. They were warned to appear at the Goodwood Magistrates’ Court at 8:30 on Monday 17 February,” he said.
“At this point the investigation is still ongoing and at a sensitive stage. Comment will be provided after the court appearance and after consultation with the legal representatives,” he added.
“We want to thank all members of the community for their support. It’s through you we draw inspiration and will continue to inspire.”