Police Bill might be amended by senators
THE Police Service Bill might be amended by senators to provide for the existence of an independent police investigating organisation.
This comes after Mangcongco MP Patrick ‘Pha’ Motsa approached the senators with an intention to include the independent police investigating body.
The organisation would probe the work of the police, especially during incidents whereby members of the public would find themselves at the receiving end of police brutality.
The Police Service Bill is currently in Parliament, where it awaits to be passed by senators to become the Police Service Act.
The Bill was passed by the House of Assembly in April this year. It was passed without the inclusion of the independent body to investigate police.
When asked if he was successful in lobbying senators to amend the Bill on Tuesday, Motsa said he raised the matter with senators.
He said senators promised to help in raising the matter during the debate at Senate.
However, he did not want to divulge names of those he spoke with. This was not well received by MP Motsa. He raised the matter in the House of Assembly.
Unfortunately for him, the provision for the investigating organisation was not granted. Motsa, during that submission in Parliament, argued that there were many cases where people died at the hands of the police. It was unfortunate that there was no independent organisation set up to investigate such incidents, hence the need for an independent body to perform such tasks. Motsa then made an example of an accident where Reginaldo Luciano Zavale, a Mozambican national, reportedly died at the hands of the police. Other cases included that of Sipho Jele and ‘MaThousand’ Ngubane.
They were also reported to have died at the hands of the police.
Speaking to this publication after the sitting, Motsa said the time had come for the country to set up such a body for the citizens of the country to get justice if they found themselves at the receiving end of police brutality.
What was unfortunate, according to Motsa, was that the investigations of most, if not all, of these cases did not see the light of day.
He made an example of South Africa, where he said police were not allowed to investigate themselves, but an independent body would investigate police during such incidents.
The MP promised that he would lobby his colleagues in the upper chamber to amend the bill so that the independent body could also be included.
MY LORD: Mangcongco MP Patrick ‘Pha’ Motsa.