The United Democratic Movement (UDM) condemned police brutality in South Africa. According to the party, the country still suffers from the police brutality experienced during the apartheid era.
“UDM in the strongest terms condemns the police brutality displayed at a service delivery protest in Hout Bay in the Western Cape, where a fourteen-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the mouth by security forces.
“We are appalled that the young boy was not only shot at once but several times! It means the officer/s had intended to do grievous bodily harm,” stated the party.
To the party, the incident is “a throbbing reminder of many South Africans who have died because of the police’s use of excessive force.
“We are reminded of Andries Tatane who died in 2011 at the hands of the police while protesting for his rights,” added the party.
With that, the party asserted that it is not cool the country still suffers from the police brutality experienced during the Apartheid era after so many years of democracy.
The continued incidents of police brutality against protesters cannot be allowed, it is “gravely concerning”, UDM expressed.
Thereafter, it called for intensified police training. The training should concentrate more on the Police Service’s code of conduct. Also, the party suggested that there should be a revision of the curriculum; such that would enhance competence and capacity.
“Officers who make themselves guilty of abusing their positions of trust should not be defended; they should face the full might of the law.
“In addition, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate cannot only investigate; officers must account for their deeds,” UDM charged.
Above all, the party demanded that the police officers who were shooting at the boy in the circulating video should be definitively dealt with.