Probe under way into conduct of officers who arrested Strand woman

The investigation comes after video that shows police officers drag a mask-wearing woman into a police car after what looks like a verbal disagreement emerged.

Screengrab of video showing police altercation with mask-wearing woman in Strand on Friday, 22 May 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown. A probe into the conduct of the two officers involved in the incident is underway. Picture: Twitter video|@MurrayRSA

CAPE TOWN – Another report of heavy-handedness by police officers enforcing the lockdown is being investigated, this time in Strand.

Journalist Murray Williams revealed the story on his Twitter page after a member of the public had sent him a video of the incident which apparently happened before 8am on Friday morning.

It shows police officers drag a mask-wearing woman into a police car after what looks like a verbal disagreement.

In a statement, Western Cape Police Commissioner Yolisa Matakata revealed the woman was released because detectives could find no basis for her to be charged.

The arresting officers are being investigated by a senior officer.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said: β€œAn investigation into the conduct of police officers who arrested a woman in Strand on Friday morning has been instituted. Once the probe has been finalised the outcome will be made known.”