JMPD agents witness an accident scene.
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- A motorist accused of assaulting a JMPD agent on Saturday evening has been released on bail.
- He is charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
- According to the officer, the 25-year-old drove recklessly and jumped a red light.
A Gauteng motorist who allegedly assaulted and racially assaulted a Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer has been released on R500 bail.
National Prosecution Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane, Slade Wood, 25, appeared in Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday after being arrested on Saturday evening.
He is accused of assaulting Inspector Masuku (she only asked for her rank and last name), who is attached to the JMPD K9 unit.
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Masuku was in Eloff Extension, Johannesburg, around 10 p.m. on Saturday when she saw a Volkswagen Jetta reportedly driving recklessly and at high speed from the direction of Rosettenville towards the CBD.
After stopping the vehicle following a chase, Wood allegedly attacked her.
News24 reported that Wood, who is said to be a fitness trainer, grabbed Masuku from behind and started strangling her, as she tried to call for reinforcements.
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According to Masuku, the motorist also threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face while verbally assaulting her with racist slurs.
A taxi driver who was with a client pulled over to the side of the road to help the officer after realizing she was under attack.
According to Masuku, she was, at one point, referred to as a “black b —-“.
Wood was arrested and detained at Johannesburg Central Police Station before appearing on Monday.
National Prosecution Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane told News24 the accused was charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, a Schedule 1 criminal offense.
The case was postponed until October 21 for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Masuku was recovering at home after the incident injured her head, face, left eye and right shoulder.