[safety] Community Safety MEC rejects call for police brutality inquiry

Kate Lorimer MPL Spokesperson on Community Safety Gauteng Community Safety MEC Nonhlanhla Faith Mazibuko today rejected the DA’s call for a Commission of Inquiry into police brutality and the breakdown in relations between communities and police in Gauteng. This despite the findings of a recent survey indicating that 53% of youth surveyed did not trust police while 23% were afraid of the police. The MEC, in response to my oral question, indicated that she does not want to duplicate the work of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) or Community Policing Forums (CPFs) and Youth Desks at police stations. Section 206(8)(a) of the Constitution empowers the province to “investigate, or appoint a Commission of Inquiry into any complaints of police inefficiency or a breakdown in relations between the police and any community”. People in Gauteng are too scared to get out of their cars when pulled over by metro police and are being bullied and forced to pay bribes by police across the province. The MEC cannot simply pass the buck while the levels of trust in the police and the relationship between the police and communities deteriorate. The DA maintains that a comprehensive investigation is necessary to determine the extent of police brutality and the reasons for the breakdown in relations between communities and the police. We cannot hope to effectively address the problem unless we know how big it is or why it exists in the first place.

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