VIOLENT PROTESTS

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) is extremely saddened by the deaths of protesting members of the public in Mothotlung and Roodepoort. The union also finds it unfortunate that the police had to resort to extreme measures in order to bring violent protests under control. We believe that it remains hard for members of the Police to have to use exerted force as legislated, in order to restore order where protesters have rendered communities lawless.  The officers are left with no choice but to deliver on their mandate of ensuring the safety of all South Africans.

We have also noted the action taken against some of the officers who were deployed to the protests, and hope the South African Police Service will act procedurally in dealing with these cases. POPCRU vows to challenge the dismissal of its members who aren’t guilty of any wrong-doing.

Issued by POPCRU on 27/01/2014

For more information contact:

Theto Mahlakoana
Media & Communications
Officer Tel: 011 242 4615
Cell: 076 851 8884
E-mail: thetom@popcru.org.za