#ICYMI: Joburg Metro police officer attacked by congregants while enforcing City’s bylaw

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The City of Joburg’s Public Safety Department said in a statement that it strongly condemned the attack on a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer and a driver of JMPD tow truck shortly before midday today (12 November).

The statement issued by Wayne Minnaar and Edna Mamonyane for the Joburg public safety department said the attack took place when the two officials hooked up an illegally parked car which belonged to a member of a church on Claim Street in Hillbrow. The vehicle was causing traffic congestion.

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“From interim investigations, it is believed that the JMPD officer drew his firearm and fired into the air to stop the rioting congregants from advancing toward them, but the crowd did not heed the warning but proceeded to attack the officer,” read the statement.

“The mob over-powered and disarmed the officer, who was beaten and left unconscious and had to be rushed to Milpark Hospital.

“The assailants went to hand in the firearm at Johannesburg Central Police Station. Upon arrival at the station, one member of the congregation was detained by the SAPS for illegally being in possession of a JMPD firearm.”

Public Safety MMC Michael Sun also strongly condemned the mob attack on the metro police when officers are doing their job and executing City’s bylaws.

“We will not allow this attack on our Metro Police go unprosecuted, the culprits will have to face the full might of the law,” said MMC Sun.

The public safety department said the incident would be investigated and the the culprits would be brought down to face prosecution.

The department wished the officer, who is still being treated in hospital, a speedy recovery.

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Watch the incident unfold: 

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