Ipid to clamp down on abuse of suspects
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.