It is unacceptable for police to commit themselves to the recent court ruling in the Collins Khoza case in which police brutality against the public was strongly condemned during the state of confinement, while such offenses continue, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, FF Plus leader.
Groenewald added on Sunday that a video that is widespread showing police officers arresting a female trawler in the Strand last week is a clear example of the ongoing police arson.
He said the woman was later released because no case was made against her, but the FF Plus welcomed the announcement that the incident was being investigated.
Groenewald says an example should be made of the police officers involved to send a message that this kind of behavior is unacceptable to the public.
RECEIVED from a member of public, who wishes to remain anonymous:— MURRAY WILLIAMS (@MurrayRSA) May 22, 2020
This reportedly took place around 07h45, Friday May 22, 2020.
Location: Melkbaai Road, Strand, east of Cape Town.@SAPoliceService formally requested to advise on the arrest and charges. To follow when received. pic.twitter.com/YYgXrqRM8Z
Appropriate action against offenders
According to him, there are structures in the police where the type of behavior can be reported, as well as with Opod and the Human Rights Commission.
Cele added that there would be appropriate action against offenders.
Groenewald said on Sunday that it would also help if the rest of the police and other security forces’ seniors also made their phones as a general. National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole will respond as opposition MPs and want to report alleged cruelty to them.
According to Groenewald, it also came to light in the portfolio committee that Opod does not know what complaint is being made against the police in connection with actions under the Covid 19 regulations.
“This makes a meaningful assessment of abuses of power during the disaster. To identify and handle illegal arrests, clear distinctions must be made between Covid-19-related cases and ordinary cases, ”Groenewald said.