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Bloemfontein - Alleged assaults by a group of Ficksburg police officers on residents will be investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), a spokesman said on Friday.
The directorate had received dockets to investigate three allegations of serious assault, one of common assault, and one of attempted murder, spokesman Moses Dlamini said.
The attempted murder investigation related to allegations that a woman was run over by a police vehicle. A so-called “Rambo Squad” of police officers in and around Ficksburg allegedly assaulted residents last weekend.
Free State police said two officers, who were off duty at the time, were arrested for allegedly interfering with on-duty officers questioning a suspect at a local tavern. Spokeswoman Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the matter was under investigation. - Sapa