Parliament condemns attacks on police in Joburg CBD

(Pretoria) – Police Portfolio Committee Chairperson Tina Joemat-Pettersson has denounced the worrying acts of lawlessness in both the Cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg over the last week.

“Attacking officers of the law in downtown Johannesburg while they were busy with an operation targeting counterfeit goods must not be tolerated. It is unacceptable that Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and South African Police Services (SAPS) were stopped from doing their work as mandated by the law,” said Joemat-Pettersson.

Condemning the acts, Parliament said SAPS and JMPD must go back into the area to successfully implement and conclude their operation.

“The rule of law is the central pillar of any democracy and the committee is steadfast in its view that the South African Police Service together with municipal policing structures must have collaborative plans in place to control such situations in future.

“It is untenable that there will be no-go areas in the country for law enforcement officers,” said Joemat-Pettersson.

Furthermore, the seizure of counterfeit goods must be supported at all times as the illicit economy is negatively impacting the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Meanwhile, the committee highlighted its displeasure regarding disruptions in the City of Tshwane by striking municipal workers over their disagreement with the municipality.

While the committee welcomed the fact that the impasse has been resolved, it condemned the blocking of roads and preventing ease of movement.

“The committee will in its engagement with the management of SAPS highlight the need to strengthen training of police officers especially in relation to crowd management,” said Joemat-Pettersson.

Hotspot Channels

Hotspot Channels on the Africa Signal News Magazine (ISSN: 2536 – 6386) covers news and developments on politics, entertainment, sports, personalities, security, human rights and related subjects around African industries, public sectors, interests and Continent.

Next Post

SA engages German business

Fri Aug 2 , 2019
Share on Facebook Tweet it Share on Google Email (Pretoria) – Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has held engagements with German companies based in South Africa. German Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Martin Schäfer, hosted the Minister in Pretoria on Wednesday in a session that allowed the Minister to […]

In The News