Parliament’s Police committee has given the Department of Police three months to appoint a permanent head for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).
The South African National Editors’ Forum says it is seeking an urgent meeting with National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sithole, as well as management of police watchdog the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and Metro Police in Cape Town over the alleged attack of journalist Paul Nthoba.
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has expressed shock at an incident where Ficksburg journalist was allegedly assaulted by members of the public order police.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has raised concerns about reports of excessive force by police. The police watchdog is investigating a total of 50 deaths that occurred the national lockdown, 10 of which are linked to police’s COVID-19 operations.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that 10 deaths have occurred due to police action, during national lockdown operations due to COVID-19.
During this period the law enforcement agencies played an instrumental role in keeping South Africans safe and prevent the spread of the virus. A number of regulations were gazetted to guide on how we conduct ourselves during the lockdown period.
Freedom Front Plus Leader and Member of Parliament’s Police Committee Pieter Groenewald says his party is concerned about the behaviour of some police officers during the lockdown period.
Parliament wants the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to provide comprehensive data analysis and statistics in relation to various investigations it has conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
The Portfolio Committees on Police, Defence and Military Veterans have noted with concern various reports suggesting that the security forces are abusing their powers in enforcing the lockdown regulations.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has arrested a Ekurhuleni Metro Police officer in connection with the fatal shooting of a man at Vosloorus township, in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.