An "ill-informed" Limpopo police officer could find himself on the wrong side of the law after he allegedly acted beyond his powers.
The cop allegedly stormed into a hospital and, in a fit of rage, swore at and assaulted a woman switchboard operator.
This was after he had accused her of delaying the despatching of an ambulance. He had allegedly summoned an ambulance to attend to his sickly relative.
The incident happened at Botlokwa Health Centre outside Polokwane on August 16.
The cop allegedly became angry when he was given the run-around after calling the ambulance through the toll-free line 10177.
Phuti Seloba, the spokesman for the department of health and social development, said the police had been dragging their feet in investigating the matter, probably because it involved one of their members.
He said the enraged officer, who allegedly wielded a gun, assaulted the woman and a security guard who tried to intervene.
"The helpless woman was severely assaulted," Seloba said.
"What concerns us is that the police officer did not even notice that the number he had called did not belong to the institution but is a national number.
"We are not going to allow our officials to be harassed by people who think they are above the law," he added angrily.
The officer, whose name is known to Sowetan, has not been arrested, and no case has been opened against him.
Speaking to Sowetanyesterday, the victim said she felt humiliated and had suffered pain as a result of the beating.
Seja Kobe said she had never seen the officer before the day of the incident.
Superintendent Ronel Otto said she was not aware of the case but would investigate.