Port­fo­lio com­mit­tee de­mands ac­tion over teenager shot mul­ti­ple times

The New Age (Gauteng) - - POLITICS - DEN­NIS CRUY­WA­GEN

PAR­LIA­MENT’S port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on po­lice has con­demned the shoot­ing in­ci­dent this week in which a 14-yearold boy was shot at point blank range mul­ti­ple times with rub­ber bul­lets by a mem­ber of the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) while tak­ing refuge dur­ing a ser­vice de­liv­ery protest.

The port­fo­lio com­mit­tee said in a state­ment it ex­pects act­ing Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Le­setja Moth­iba to present it with a re­port on the in­ci­dent as soon as pos­si­ble.

On Tues­day, Ona Dubula was shot near Hout Bay in an in­ci­dent that has been widely pub­li­cised.

“The in­ci­dent is to­tally un­ac­cept­able and the man­age­ment of SAPS must en­sure the mat­ter is ad­dressed as a mat­ter of ur­gency. We call on Ipid to en­sure that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter is pri­ori­tised,” port­fo­lio com­mit­tee chair Fran­cois Beuk­man said.

SAPS pub­lic or­der units and their re­spec­tive com­man­ders should al­ways en­sure that max­i­mum re­straint and min­i­mum force is used when dif­fus­ing volatile sit­u­a­tions, he said.

He also urged unit com­man­ders to en­sure the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Far­lam In­quiry into the Marikana mas­sacre were im­ple­mented.

“In­di­vid­ual SAPS mem­bers should also be held ac­count­able for un­law­ful con­duct. An in­ci­dent like this can have the rip­ple ef­fect of dent­ing pub­lic con­fi­dence in the SAPS.

“There­fore, SAPS man­age­ment must en­sure that mem­bers act in ac­cor­dance with stand­ing or­ders at all times.”

SHOULD RE­SPOND: Act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Le­setja Moth­iba.

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