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SAPS VIP Protection unit assaulting a motorist
Image: Screenshot via Twitter @NobleAfricanSon

VIP protection assault: Court to rule on bail application

The eight police officers were seen on video physically attacking three men on the N1 highway in Johannesburg and face several charges

VIP Protection

SAPS VIP Protection unit assaulting a motorist
Image: Screenshot via Twitter @NobleAfricanSon

The eight police officers accused of assaulting three people on the N1 highway in Johannesburg will learn their fate on Tuesday, 1 August, as the Randburg Magistrate’s Court is expected to rule on their application for bail.

The officers, who were part of Deputy President Paul Mashatile’s security team, went viral in July after video of them physically attacking three men on the side of the road was circulated online. The victims are members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)

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The VIP protection officers face several charges, including assault, pointing of a firearm, attempting to defeat the ends of justice and negligent driving.

The accused were subsequently suspended by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and will also be subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings. They are, however, still receiving their full salaries.

“Yes, the members have to be suspended with a salary. For us, everybody who gets suspended goes on suspension with a salary. It’s an agreement that has been made at the Bargaining Council. They can’t be treated differently than others,” National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola is quoted as having told Eyewitness News (EWN).


The victims of the assault had been initially prohibited from speaking to anyone about the incident.

Civil organisation Action Society represents one of the victims in civil litigation to be pursued against the police.

According to reports, Action Society’s legal representative, Daniël Eloff, has challenged this order, saying it was an attempt to curtail the victims’ right to freedom of expression.

“In terms of South African law and the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the SANDF has no jurisdiction to inhibit the victims or any individual from expressing their views or recounting their experiences outside of work hours and off military premises,” Eloff said.