KWAZULU-NATAL police have seized the three firearms brandished in a viral video by two ANC-assigned bodyguards and will send them for ballistics testing to see if they had been used in any crimes.
Police spokesman Brigadier Jay Naiker confirmed to TimesLIVE on Friday afternoon that officers were taking the video and the statements from the men in the 19-second clip “very seriously”. On Thurday, a video of the two men surfaced. The men are brandishing two pistols and what is likely a semi-automatic replica of an AK-47 assault rifle.
In the video, one of the two – who were both confirmed to have been assigned by an as-yet-unnamed private security company to the security detail of ANC eThekwini region secretary Bheki Ntuli – says that “it’s coming down for the dog today. The dog will die. Bitch. Arsehole”.
The second man the comments: “Ekse it’s going down…it’s gonna go down for real today. How’s this now?” He then pulls out and cocks his rifle.
Naiker said on Friday that police had launched a full investigation.
“The security company concerned is co-operating with us. We have seized three firearms at this stage. We will be also consulting the National Prosecuting Authority with regards to the formulation of charges and any other action that can be taken against the individuals concerned,” he said.
Naicker linked the act of bravado to similar scenes in Umlazi, south of Durban, were gunshots were fired into the air as a salute to slain gangster Mondlikayise “Chillies” Bhengu, who was killed in a shootout with police last week.
“It is of great concern for us when such videos appear online, especially in light of recent videos of criminals firing gun salutes and spinning tyres after members of their gangs are killed in shootouts with police. We appealing to our youth to stop idolising criminals as there are many decent role models that one can emulate. There are no Robin Hoods. Lining one’s pockets with the proceeds of crime is a short-term solution.
“People are killed, injured and traumatised for life after being victims of crime and it is unacceptable that certain people celebrate the lives of those that cause so much harm,” Naicker said.