SAPS conclude internal investigation into N1 VIP unit

The South African Police Service (Saps) said it completed its internal investigations into the eight VIP Protection Unit members who were filmed assaulting people on the N1 highway earlier this year.

The suspended VIP Protection members are all currently out on R10 000 bail each.

The police officers were arrested for being caught on a widely circulated video on social media showing them brandishing rifles and pistols – jumping out of a BMW X5 and attacking the occupants of a VW Polo on the side of the N1 highway in July.

The officers were part of Deputy President Paul Mashatile’s security detail at the time of the incident.

National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola said a decision on the appropriate sanction for the members was still outstanding.

“The members would normally return to their place of work. They would get allocated somewhere and I can’t tell you exactly the process where it is, but the investigation is complete. There are processes that are still on, in terms of some disciplinary regulations.”

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