Cape Town – A video depicting a police officer in uniform doing karate chops and flying kung-fu kicks at his colleagues, as they try to calm him down and restrain him, has gone viral on social media.
In another video, the officer is seen sitting on the ground, yelling at his coworkers and asking them if they want to arrest him.
“Leave me alone, do you want to arrest me? What do you want to do? I don’t work for them anymore, I just have the uniform,” said the officer in the clip.
“Rastafari, we standing for the truth, we standing for the sons and daughters we don’t hide behind the lies anymore,” he says.
The South African Police Services (SAPS) confirmed on Thursday that one of its officers had been referred to a medical facility and that an investigation was under way.
Watch the videos below:
He got mentally distracted while on duty pic.twitter.com/nYnnouxyja
— Philani Shabane (@Philani78005111) January 20, 2022
“Kindly be advised that the video clip you are referring to has been viewed by SAPS management and we are aware of the incident. The member has been referred to a medical facility for assistance, and while this aspect is being attended to, an internal investigation is underway,” police said in a statement.
It is not clear what triggered the officer’s actions.
Kindly be advised that the video clip you are referring to has been viewed by SAPS management and we are aware of the incident. The member has been referred to a medical facility for assistance, and while this aspect is being attended to, an internal investigation is underway. ME
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) January 20, 2022
Take a look at some of the reactions below:
It looks like mental breakdown shem.
— FIKILE MBALULA | MR FIX (@MbalulaFikile) January 20, 2022
I know this guy 💔 such a sad thing to watch someone you know having a mental breakdown pic.twitter.com/SwBMyrE8o9
— Whitemoney (@AngelaLuks) January 20, 2022
A man is clearly going through a lot, they should be happy he never pulled a gun on anyone. At least his Chinese movie watching days, fighting moves came out in a different career path
— Neil Malope (@neil_malope) January 20, 2022
Shame Man, May He recover mentally for the sake of His family that is relying on Him for survival
— Kagiso Nxedlana (@Kagiso53441268) January 20, 2022
Picture: Getty Images
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo