Portfolio committee demands action over teenager shot multiple times
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.