A man who says he was assaulted by traffic cops in Cape Town on Monday has spoken out about the incident on the Kieno Kammies Show on Cape Talk.
Zain Allie said he had gone to help his elderly uncle who had been pulled over for using his cellphone while driving.
A video of the incident has been making the rounds on social media, and shows traffic officers wrestling with a man and shoving him to the ground.
My uncle, who is 81 years old, called and said, 'Zain the traffic officers has just pulled me over, they want to confiscate my phone". I said to him, 'Don't let them take your phone, I'm just around the corner, I am coming'.— Zain Allie
When I got to the scene I spoke to the traffic officer and I said, 'How can you do this to my uncle? He requires his phone; he is 81 years old!' The traffic officer said, 'Look here, I don't care. I'm writing him up'. At that moment I took the phone from my uncle's pocket and I went to my car took out the battery and sim card and I handed it to the traffic officer.— Zain Allie
Allie says he was accused of interfering with the officers and backup was called.
He says he was forcefully taken from his vehicle and pushed to the floor as officers handcuffed and later put him into their vehicle.
Allie was taken to Lansdowne Police Station, but charges were withdrawn the following day.
I was trying to come to my uncle's aid. I have no objection for them taking the phone. The only problem is that my uncle didn't know how to take out the battery and the sim card.— Zain Allie
Mayco member JP Smith says the case is still being investigated.
Listen as Zain Allie describes his 'assault' at the hands of traffic cops: