During the week of 29 March 2021, most of the South African news media carried particulars of what Pollex calls the “White River incident”.
This “White River incident” took place on Sunday 28 March 2021 at around 11:30 when Ms Delia Jordaan and her fiancé, Mr Barend Byliefeldt, drove from their farm near the town of White River in Mpumalanga to buy groceries.
On the R40 road near the White River golf estate, several motor vehicles overtook them by passing on the solid barrier lines. Barend then requested Delia to take his cellphone to record this very dangerous and reckless driving.
At the Casterbridge Circle in White River, Delia and Barend were surrounded by the self-same motor vehicles, which then blocked the road. One of the drivers of these motor vehicles got out of his vehicle and pulled out a firearm. Another driver likewise got out of his vehicle. He had a large object in his hand with which he smashed the windows of Delia and Barend’s motor vehicle.
Delia and Barend, however, managed to get away and rushed straight to the local police station in White River. The other motor vehicles followed them and tried to push them off the road. Delia and Barend, however, reached the police station, jumped out of their motor vehicle and ran into the police station. Delia shouted to the police officials on duty to help them “because we are being followed by armed men!”
In the police station Delia and Barend were taken to a room. Some of the other men also entered the police station. They told the police officials that they wanted Delia and Barend’s cellphones. At that stage Barend had recorded all that was happening on his cellphone. According to Delia, the police as well as the other men did not like this. The warrant officer on duty requested Delia and Barend to hand over their cellphones but they refused.
The video thus recorded, shows that Barend is being assaulted while Delia is hysterically shouting (apparently to the police) to “Help him! Do something!” However, the video shows that the police officials on duty do not take action and stand and watch how Barend is dragged around and being kicked against his head. All this happens inside a police station!