A police captain underwent surgery to his face on Wednesday night after a bottle was shattered in his face when he was violently hit in his police vehicle during the EFF protests at the Union Buildings.
The officer suffered several deep cuts to his face, which resulted in his nose being half-severed and the cortex of his eye being damaged, according to police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer.
She said another captain suffered injuries to his leg when stones were pelted at him. He was treated at a nearby clinic.
Following the chaotic protest that shut down the capital city on Wednesday, 28 people were arrested for various charges, such as malicious damage to property, public violence, burglary and assault, adding up to about 35 registered cases that are under investigation.
“It is our contention that conveners of gatherings must be accountable for the actions of their supporters, and the SAPS is investigating yesterday’s illegal gathering, the conduct of the crowd and alleged incitement of leaders,” De Beer said.
Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said there was serious damage to property around Pretoria that could cost millions.
“The vandalism, looting and antagonising of law enforcement will not be tolerated, and we encourage local law authorities to take the appropriate action against those who were responsible for conduct not befitting democratic protests,” Msimanga said.