A video clip shared on social media a week ago showing a man beating and wrestling with several women has been traced to an old case in Stutterheim, Eastern Cape.
That was not the case, which allegedly took place at Madeira Police Station in Mthatha on May 24, police spokesman Brig Tembinkosi Kinana said found the clip was an old video from a case when four women and a man visited the Stutterheim police station to complain about a friend who had mugged his girlfriend at a tavern recorded while the report was being generated. When questioned, he responded by attacking the girlfriend again and escaped.”
The police later arrested him for assault.
The girlfriend returned to the police station to investigate the case to apply against the suspect, but the police informed her that it was not their responsibility to withdraw cases. She was referred to court, where the charges against the suspect were dropped.
Eastern Cape Police warned social media users not to post material with the potential to cause confusion, incite fear or damaging other people’s reputations without cause.
“Negligent use of social media can lead to a court case, particularly if it is found that an individual has lied publicly without proven evidence or falsely accused another individual. “
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