IPID Comments May Be Premature

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

DA KZN Leader / DA KZN Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison

COMMENTS by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) over the high level of police violence cases reported in KwaZulu-Natal may be premature.

According to the IPID, “once the full extent of the alleged atrocities committed by the policemen come out, as South Africans we should do everything [to ensure] that such atrocities are never [again] committed in our name”. As the DA, we could not agree more. Yet the reality here in KZN is that many of the cases relate to alleged brutality by members of the Cato Manor organised crime unit – a matter which is now before the courts. It is essential that due process is followed and that this matter is allowed to go to trial without any undue influence.

The DA whole-heartedly supports the many hard-working men and women who commit themselves daily to making our province a safer place to live and work. It is important that dispersion is not cast on their good name. Whether police brutality levels in the province have indeed increased remains unsubstantiated at this point.

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