WATCH: Cape Town dad uses own child as shield after allegedly stealing from shop

A Cape Town man has been arrested after he used his own child as a shield after allegedly stealing from a shop in the N1 City Mall on Saturday. 

In a video doing the rounds on social media, the man is seen holding a child while a group of men who appear to be shoppers at the mall try to prevent him from leaving.  

The man is seen using the child as a buffer while one man pulls his arm, later trying to block his way. 

He is heard shouting: "What's wrong with you? Leave me, leave me!"

Bystanders at the mall can be seen reacting in shock with others running toward the men to see what is happening.

A confused shopper is heard asking: "What is going on?"

The man who tries to prevent him from leaving says: "Brother, please, you have to come."

He replies: "Hey, leave me, leave," while pushing the man out of his way.

The video has since gained much traction on social media, with users suggesting the child was a possible victim of a kidnapping.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk however said the man allegedly stole from one of the shops in the mall on Saturday. Police would not confirm what was stolen. 

He was arrested on the same day the video was taken and charged with theft. 

He appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Monday. 

Regional National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, identified the accused as Belhar resident Jean-Pierre Meyer.

He said that Meyer, 25, appeared in court after being charged with theft of goods at the Checkers Hyper.

"He has been released on warning and must return to court on 25 September 2018."