It was reported on Friday that a 26-year-old man believed to be a farmer was arrested after he allegedly “became impatient” and assaulted an officer at a station he had gone to to report a robbery.
Watch: Police Officer assaulted by what is believed to be a farmer in Roedtan Police Station in Limpopo. pic.twitter.com/FhCTYrJA0e
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The incident was caught on video.
Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed to News24 that the incident took place at the Roedtan police station last week Saturday.
Mojapelo told the website the man had appeared in the Mookgopong Magistrate’s Court and was granted R500 bail after the case was postponed to May 3.
In the video, the farmer repeatedly alleges that the officers wanted to shoot him. It’s unclear if he may in fact have mental health problems.
A man attempting to intervene says, also in Afrikaans: “Please, listen to me, this man is a policeman. Do not kill him.”
The man later kicks the officer, who was named as 50-year-old Warrant Officer Godfrey Matlala to News24.
Mokapelo said that prior to the incident, the 26-year-old man had come into the police station with his wife to lodge a complaint about a theft.
According to the spokesperson, the man assaulted the officer after he took a rifle out of a safe. It appears from watching the video that the man was convinced that the officer had intended to shoot him.
The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) alleged that the incident was racist.