Whether the foreign national had a case to answer, being searched by a female police officer got him hot under the collar.
He was not incensed by how she searched him, feeling demeaned that she had to go to such lengths to find the exhibit.
A black knife - he allegedly tried to intimidate a cellphone customer with it - was hidden in his genitals and the no-nonsense female officer got it in his underwear.
The search took place at the Samora Machel Drive in Nelspruit.
This was after a South African man claimed the foreigner had threatened to stab him with a knife if he continued demanding his cellphone.
The foreigner who refused to give his name had apparently been repairing the cellphone for the South African but claimed he had lost it.
"That is why we don't want some of you in this country. You are now telling me that my cellphone is lost but you are a businessman who is expected to win the respect of your customers.
"You just have to replace my cellphone if you know what is better for you," said the South African man.
As the argument became hotter, the South African grabbed the man by his hand with a view of taking him to the police station.
But two police officers, a male and female. rocked up in police van stopped the scuffle.
"This man has got a knife that he nearly stabbed me with. I was just lucky that you arrived. He hid the knife in his private parts," said the man.
The female officer then grabbed the suspect and searched him. She found a knife hidden in the man's private parts.
Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said it was against policies of the police for female officers to search males.