A day of fun in the partly cloudy sun ended up to be heated than expected when tempers flared in Table View today. A video circulating on social media shows a man being arrested while two women are assaulted by police when they asked the officers questions.
As reported by IOL, one of the women, Lauren Maphanga, said they were going about their day swimming in the pool when two guards approached. They complained that the trio were making a noise.
Maphanga stated that she was confused by the complaint as there were allegedly other people in the swimming pool.
“I think they came to us because we were the only black people there but we were not making noise because we were not even drinking,” she said.
She continued to say that a fellow resident called the police after noticing that they were not out of the pool. It is alleged that when the police arrived they tried to explain that they had caused no trouble. People watching were reportedly yelling, “arrest them.”
“When we asked the police why they were arresting him one of them started assaulting us and when we asked one of his colleagues to intervene he said there’s nothing he can do, we must open a case,” said Maphanga.
After being arrested and put into police vans, they spent the night in holding cells. They were allegedly told that they were being arrested for assaulting an officer.
“We had bruises and our doctors gave us the J88 form and advised us to open a case, but because of what happened we decided to open the case in Milnerton,” said Maphanga.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said that the case of common assault was registered at Table View police for further investigation.
Van Wyk added that a case of interfering with police duties and defeating the ends of justice registered with Table View police station is also open for investigation.
Ipid spokesperson Ndileka Cola said that following their own investigations, they will make recommendations for disciplinary action to SAPS.
“The recommendations are informed by the investigation findings,” said Cola.