“Trigger happy” Umkomaas officers must be suspended immediately

Sizwe Mchunu, MPP

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

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal calls for the immediate suspension of a group of policemen alleged to have fired shots at a South Coast woman’s car on Sunday night, causing her to lose control of her vehicle and overturn.

Tragically, the woman died in the incident. No arrests have been made and the policemen are still on duty.

The DA is appalled by the conduct of these officers and we extend our sincere sympathy to the family of the deceased.

According to reports, the SAPS members, who are stationed at Umkomaas, tried to cover up the fact that they had opened fire prompting an investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

It is completely unacceptable that a woman travelling on her own at night should be subject to such an aggressive response by SAPS officers, regardless of the circumstances.  She could not have posed any threat to a group of armed police officers, yet they took aim and fired.

This begs the question – what is it about the SAPS operating manual that makes law enforcement officers think they have the authority to conduct themselves in such a hostile manner?

This unwarranted show of power is a recurring theme within the SAPS.  While there are many men and women who are committed to making our country safer, there is a rogue element that continues to tarnish the image of law enforcement.  There can be no place for such individuals within the force and they must be dealt with swiftly and harshly.

The DA calls on authorities to immediately dismiss these officers pending the outcome of the IPID investigations.