Ipid to clamp down on abuse of sus­pects

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by serv­ing mil­i­tary mem­bers, vet­er­ans and civil­ians. The sec­ond ad­di­tional cer­e­mony will un­fold some 12 hours later at the Sun­set Pa­rade – or Shadow march – in front of the Ceno­taph.

As sun­set in Dur­ban will be at 6.26pm, the vet­er­ans will form up at the Ceno­taph about 15 min­utes ear­lier in time for the Bea­con of Light cer­e­mony, where bea­con fires will be lit at sun­set around the world.

Colonel Pat Acutt, the Se­nior Staff Of­fi­cer De­fence Re­serves of the SANDF, said a gas lamp would be lit for the Bea­con of Light.

“The light­ing of the flame sym­bol­ises the light­ing of the evening fires/ bea­cons on the bat­tle­field and is now also recog­nised as the Bea­con of Hope. This will be fol­lowed by bu­gle calls of The Last Post.”

Par­tic­i­pants will be up at the crack of dawn on Sun­day in time for the first cer­e­mony, af­ter which the gath­er­ing will move to the SS Mendi memo­rial on the shores of Dur­ban Bay, next to the Port Natal Mar­itime Mu­seum, where the pipers and drum­mers will again be in ac­tion and where a mem­ber of the SA Navy will lay a wreath dur­ing a short cer­e­mony.

Then it is back to the Ceno­taph for the an­nual Re­mem­brance Ser­vice at 10.30am, which will in­volve the SANDF band and com­pany of troops on pa­rade in Dorothy Nyembe Street. THE In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate (Ipid) said it was clamp­ing down on the tor­ture and mur­der of sus­pects while in po­lice cus­tody.

Ipid ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Robert McBride of­fi­cially launched the po­lice watch­dog’s logo at the Kgosi Mam­puru II Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Cen­tre in Pre­to­ria on Wed­nes­day

“We’ve had a num­ber of suc­cesses in in­ves­ti­gat­ing tor­ture and deaths in (po­lice) cus­tody – a wor­ry­ing trend that has de­vel­oped in the last two years, and par­tic­u­larly this year in the (KwaZulu-Natal) area. I think in three months we had three tor­tures and mur­ders in po­lice cus­tody,” he said.

“Those are ex­actly the prac­tices we should start get­ting rid of, be­cause any one of us could land be­hind bars in the cus­tody of the po­lice. I would want to en­sure that whether for a wrong rea­son or a real rea­son you land in prison, your hu­man rights are re­spected.”

McBride said in the ef­fort to fight crime and cor­rup­tion, the Ipid should be seen by mem­bers of the SAPS and the var­i­ous metro po­lice units as an ally “in the fil­ter­ing process of the bad el­e­ments” within the po­lice.

The In­sti­tute for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies’ Dr Jo­han Burger said the work of Ipid was “ex­tremely dif­fi­cult”, par­tic­u­larly wors­ened by a cul­ture of pro­tect­ing one an­other in the po­lice. |

THE pipers will be in ac­tion at the Ceno­taph on Sun­day. Pipe Ma­jor Cap­tain Ken Mus­tard, left, is pho­tographed at a pre­vi­ous event with Roland Mur­ray, Mike Munro, Billy Ansell, An­drew Mus­tard and Grant McLeod of the Dur­ban Reg­i­ment.

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