The City of Cape Town (CoCT) said it was investigating claims of police brutality after an altercation ensued when a motorist was arrested by the City’s Traffic officers on Wednesday morning.
18-year-old Imraan Hodson who is a student at Portland High School was arrested in Mitchell’s Plain around 7.30.
A video shared on Twitter said Hodson was brutally arrested for driving with only his learner’s licence.
He was with his mother at the time of the arrest.
City’s Safety and Security executive director, Richard Bosman, said two female traffic officers were busy with shoulder enforcement at AZ Berman Drive and Bottlebrush Road when the incident occurred.
Bosman said when the complainant’s vehicle was stopped and the driver was asked for a driver’s licence he could not produce one and also failed to produce a learner’s licence.
“While a learner driver is allowed to operate a vehicle if a licensed driver is present, the learner driver must have his learner’s on hand. There is no record of the accused having a learner’s licence,” Bosman said.
Adding that the driver became aggressive and started insulting the police officers with racial remarks as soon as they began issuing summons.
According to Bosman, the driver failed to comply with the officers when asked for details.
“One of the officers activated her emergency alarm on the radio, but when backup arrived, the driver attempted to run away. The officers gave chase and the driver resisted arrest,” he said.
A case of crimen injuria, failure to comply with lawful instruction as well as resisting arrest was opened against the suspect at the Lentegeur police station.
Bosman said the Safety and Security Directorate would investigate the matter to make sure the officers involved followed procedure.
Adding that the Directorate will not at the same time allow its officers to be attacked verbally or physically when they are executing their duties.
Imraan Hodson was brutally arrested by the SAPS in Mitchell’s Plain for driving with only his learners. His mother who is a liscenced driver was in the car with him. You hear his mother say “you’re choking my son.” Cop denies. pic.twitter.com/qb67CeHgR8
— pro-crastinate (@mosobr_) September 9, 2020