MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Deplores the Killing of Protesters in Muthutlung, North West

15 January 2014  

  

The IFP deplores the killing of protesters in Muthutlung near Brits in North West, after two men were allegedly shot dead by police during a recent water shortage protest in the area. IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP said, “We deplore poor level of community engagement by the SAPS during this protest. The ‘shoot to kill’ policy is never an option when a community expresses its concerns over poor service delivery.” 

 

Ndlovu continued, “SAPS is starting this year on a bad note and this will only further fuel community disrespect towards police officers. Today’s police will go down as police who are oppressive to the community, just like the apartheid government’s police. The police should surpass the needs of the people not oppress the people.” 

 

“The IFP believes in law and order but that does not mean the police should kill innocent people who are exercising their constitutional rights to protest,” said Ndlovu. 

 

The IFP urges the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to investigate this matter and the recent death of the man who is reported to have died after trying to escape from a moving Nyala vehicle. 

 

Ndlovu concluded, “IPID should make sure that those who are responsible for the men’s death are arrested immediately and suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.” 

 

 

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803

 

For media queries contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252