Kate Lorimer MPL
Spokesperson on Community Safety
The shocking shooting of rapper Khuli Chana by Gauteng police highlights the need for a proper Commission of Inquiry into police brutality in the province.
The shooting could have been avoided through proper training and following proper policing procedure. What is worse is that the real kidnapping suspect is allegedly a police officer.
People in Gauteng are living in fear of the very people who are meant to protect them and this high profile incident again demonstrates this brutal reality.
Gauteng people 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 incident again highlights the need for a comprehensive investigation to determine the extent of police brutality and the reasons for the breakdown in relations between communities and the police.
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”.
We cannot hope to effectively address the problem unless we know how big it is or why it exists in the first place.
Perhaps this high profile incident will finally ensure that the Premier acts on increasing reports of police brutality across Gauteng.