National Assembly: Cape Town, 9th June 2011
Police brutality has hit the headlines again. This
time, our police officers allegedly assaulted Cape Town based
international music duo, Locnville at a filling station in
Claremont, Cape Town, during the early hours of this morning.
Locnville's Andrew Chaplin alleges that he and his
brother, Brian Chaplin, and a friend were stopped by police officers
after a verbal altercation with another group of people.
Brian Chaplin was then pepper sprayed for no
apparent reason, and their friend was grievously assaulted by the
police officers, which resulted in him sustaining a broken nose.
Police brutality is now becoming a daily
occurrence with no apparent checks or balances, apart from the ICD
which itself admits to having no teeth. They admit to not having the
authority to bring police officers who abuse their powers to
The signs are unmistakable. The IFP believes that
the SAPS needs to be urgently reigned in at the highest levels of
government. If not, South Africa will be turned into a failed police
I thank you.
Contact: Velaphi Ndlovu MP, on 083 625 0803