27 April 2014.
An IFP member has been assaulted by the police
in Mhlabuyalingana during a roadshow organised in the area.
IFP MP, Mr. Alfred Mpontshane said "While we
were walking around the area, members of the South African
Police Service (SAPS) provoked IFP supporters, which led to an
altercation between the two groups. This ended with police
officers assaulting one of our supporters and we have opened a
case of assault in Manguzi police station”
The IFP has spoken out against any form of
police brutality in the past, as communities have lost faith in
the police service to protect them.
“This kind of behaviour from our officers must
be condemned in the strongest of terms. It is disheartening that
instead of protecting the IFP members' rights to campaign peacefully in the area, the
police were the main source of violence and disruptive
“Our police are not supposed to be aligned to
any political party. Yet this attack on our members makes us
question whether they support certain political parties’
campaigns while disrupting ours. This behaviour is very uncommon
and the whole incident needs to be properly investigated” said
Issued by: Mr Alfred Mpontshane, MP 083 441