Johann Krog, MPP
DA KZN Alternate Spokesperson on Community Safety and Liaison
The Democratic Alliance has today, in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, called on Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Willies Mchunu, to act immediately after eight armed and uniformed KZN police officers illegally stormed an eManzimtoti auto clinic and terrorised staff before reclaiming a fellow officer’s private vehicle which had been held by the business due to unpaid bills.
The men were allegedly on official duty and were driving five SAPS branded vehicles. A tow truck without licence plates was also used.
The DA is appalled at this blatant misuse of state resources. These are officers who are supposed to be out protecting our communities. Yet here they are conducting their own personal witch hunt – invading a private business and breaking the law themselves.
This incident once again highlights the need for legislation aimed at protecting ordinary citizens. Today the DA submitted its Community Safety Bill to the KZN Legislature Speaker. The Bill aims to make police more accountable to the safety needs of communities through a partnership between civil organizations and the provincial government. The DA is committed to ensuring that it is adopted.
The DA calls on both the MEC and KZN’s Police Commissioner to act – the manner in which these officers have behaved is intolerable and they must immediately be suspended pending the outcome of a full enquiry. We have today placed this issue before the Speaker as a matter of urgent public importance to be debated in the House.