PRESS RELEASE: Wave of police brutality - UDM
The embattled South African Police Services (SAPS) is of great concern. There were too many incidents of police brutality in the past, but there seems to be an escalation of late. We have had the tragedy at Marikana (North West Province), allegations of inappropriate police action with the farm workers' strike (Western Cape), and at the very moment, in Sasolburg (Free State) - to name a few prominent examples. Something is very wrong with this picture.
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has warned that the use of excessive force by the security forces runs the risk of turning South Africa into a police state. South Africans' perception of SAPS is reaching a point where it can be compared to what we believed the Apartheid police to be, evil and violent villains instead of our protectors. It makes efficient policing impossible.
We have said that parachuting an outside person into the police service with no knowledge and/or experience of managing such a service was dangerous. We have been vindicated. Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega seems to be failing at every turn and it remains to be seen how long she remains in this post.
The UDM calls on Commissioner Phiyega to get her people under control and restore our trust before this situation escalates to a point where we have open warfare on our streets and more lives are lost.
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General
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