Police Brutality Must Not be Justified

8 March 2013       

The IFP Gauteng (IFP-GP) is enraged by the remarks made by MEC of Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, during the National Police Day, referring to the police as the "face of the government and barometer of service delivery". 

This statement by the MEC is misleading and needs government to seriously reconsider what type of South Africa Police Service (SAPS) this country and province really needs. The recent backward behaviour and actions of certain police men and women towards mostly poorer and vulnerable citizens should have pushed MEC Mazibuko to use her position in government and society to re-orientate the SAPS on their main duties, such as the protection of Gauteng citizens and upholding of the law. 

However, most citizens feel some in the SAPS and not all form part of the problem of crime and not the solution. And seeing that eight police officers were involved in the death of the deceased Mr Mido Macia, can citizens be blamed for not trusting their SAPS? 

"The IFP-GP does appreciate the work done by the majority of law enforcers and police. However we appeal to the majority of police not to allow a minority among them to continue to taint their and this country's image." said IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) Bonginkosi Dhlamini.

Additionally, the Gauteng MEC of Community Safety must begin to work with the police to win back the trust and confidence of Gauteng citizens. Especially when one remembers that Gauteng SAPS according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has the second highest death rate of people in police custody. 

"We need to move away from this situation where more and more citizens are beginning to view the newly formed SAPS, as nothing more than a continuation of the Apartheid type policing system. A radical shift is required in how policing is currently being done. Our people need to be able to trust our ladies and gentlemen in blue if we are to really fight the real problem, which is criminals and the harm they are doing to our communities and country," Bonginkosi Dhlamini said. 


 IFP Caucus Leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature
Bonginkosi Dhlamini; 082 254 8576  


IFP Media Liaison Officer
Musa Ngobeni; 074 387 3509/011 489 6401