Two security officers, Peter Ramokane and Sibusiso Diokweni, appeared in the Westonaria Magistrate’s Court in Gauteng on Thursday after allegedly insulting, swearing and assaulting two police officers – in front of members of the public.
According to Phindi Mjonondwane, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the incident took place on Tuesday and was captured by Diokweni in a video, which has since spread like wildfire.
“The community of Simunye on the West Rand erected a trapdoor and appointed security guards to ensure access control.
“A Major-General of the police went to visit a friend when the security officers stopped him and wanted to search him. He refused, after which the security officer started insulting him.
“The general apparently then warned the security officer, to which there was no heed,” says Mjonondwane.
“When the general called for help by calling a constable, Ramokane allegedly assaulted the general.”
The Constable later arrived at the scene after which he was also allegedly attacked.
The video which has been widely shared on social media shows the security officer and the constable wrestling, after which Ramokane tried to rob the constable of his service pistol. He also reportedly broke the constable’s wristwatch and allegedly assaulted the general as well as the constable.
“In the video, the second accused, Diokweni, can be heard cursing and insulting both officers in front of members of the public while both police officers are still dressed in their police uniform,” says Mjonondwane.
Further police support was called moments later, after which Ramokane and Diokweni were arrested on charges of attempted robbery, assault with intent to seriously injure, resisting arrest and crimen injuria.
However, the case was postponed for further investigation and both accused were released on bail of R1 000. They will appear again in the magistrate’s court on September 29.