The SAPS has been in the news a lot lately and it has not all been good news. In the past few months, the media has been kept particularly active by police officers behaving in a manner that is unbecoming of those in the blue uniform. Headlines about police brutality and misconduct are nothing new in South Africa and on Friday, a headline in News24 tells the story of police officers caught on tape acting “dodgy”.
This time around, a strange video has surfaced featuring two police officers and a man in a luxury vehicle. The backdrop is the parking area of the East Rand Shopping Centre situated in Boksburg, near Johannesburg. It is not clear exactly what the meeting is about but there are images of what may be money exchanging hands and odd sexual acts.
In the video clip, a police van and BMW follow each other into the parking lot of the shopping centre. A male officer is alone in the police van while two people appear from the BMW. A female police officer and the driver of the BMW get out of the car to meet the male officer. Both officers are in full police uniform throughout the 20 minute video.
The driver of the private vehicle is escorted by the male officer to a nearby ATM. The officer waits protectively as the driver retrieves money from the ATM. Soon after the withdrawal, the driver gestures as if giving money or other item to the male officer.
The video continues to show the driver of the BMW and the female officer standing near the BMW together. The female officer proceeds to do a bizarre act for a policewoman in uniform; she touches the private parts of the man while he tries to pull her closer towards him. This continues for several minutes.
The man also hands the female officer what appears to be money or some sort of paper. She takes this and runs over to the waiting police car driven by her male counterpart.
It is not clear why the meeting took place and why the policeman escorted the man to the ATM. What is particularly disturbing is that it is not known why there was an exchange of what looks like cash between this male individual and these two police officers in the middle of the night. As yet, there is also no explanation about the nature of the relationship and sexual act between the female officer and the BMW driver. A spokesperson for the South African Police Services confirmed that the police are very interested in these answers.