Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng says it is deeply disappointed to learn that only five out of 147 cases of police brutality in Gauteng have been resolved in the past five years.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety Michael Shackleton said this was revealed by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko in a written reply to the DA’s questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature .
“According to MEC Mazibuko, 147 cases were opened against Gauteng SAPS members in the last five years from the 2016/2017 financial year to the 2020/2021 financial year”
Shakleton added that all these cases have been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and of these opened cases, only five have been resolved.
“This clearly shows that some of the SAPS in this province are failing to abide by the SAPS Code of Conduct and that they are failing to respect the rights of our people while they are conducting their duties” reiterated Shakleton.
The DA is calling on MEC Mazibuko to engage both the Minister for Police, Bheki Cele and the Head of IPID, Jennifer Ntlatseng to ascertain why there have been delays in resolving these cases.