Police watchdog the, Independent Police Investigating Directorate (Ipid), is investigating SAPS conduct after an officer shot a Pretoria man in the head during an altercation at a lodge in Muldersdrift, leaving him in a coma.
Over the weekend, police were called to the lodge after an argument broke out with the man and staff members.
A video of the graphic shooting has gone viral. In the footage, the man can be seen fetching a gun and cocking it during a heated argument with police officers.
He assaulted a policewoman and continuously dared her colleagues to shoot him. The scene culminated with an officer opening fire.
“I’m ashamed of you, I’m sorry to say. I’m asking you to leave, I’m asking you if or when or what. Take a gun, shoot me, shoot me,” said the man in the video clip.
The man, dressed in what appears to be blue underpants and a head wrap, gestured for the officers to leave with one hand while he used the other to threaten them with a loaded gun, daring police to shoot him during a heated argument in which he called them “cowards” while swearing at them multiple times.
A scuffle broke out and the man was shot in the head by one of the policemen.
Ipid’s Grace Langa said that they were investigating the shooting
Police union Popcru, meanwhile, said that it was worried about the events that unfolded at a Muldersdrift lodge.
Popcru’s Richard Mamabolo is concerned about the level of aggression and force used against officers trying to do their work.