WhatsApp line to report abuse by police and the army

In the wake of wide­spread abuse of civil­ians alleged­ly at the hands of police and sol­diers, deployed to ensure South Africans com­ply with 2‑day COVID-19 lock­down rules, Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) says it has set up a plat­form to address con­cerns.

In a state­ment on Wednes­day, DA Leader, John Steen­huisen claimed the ini­tia­tive will help the com­mu­ni­ty to report any acts of aggres­sion, abuse or bribe by law enforce­ment offi­cers.

“Today [Wednes­day]  DA is launch­ing a ded­i­cat­ed What­sApp num­ber (067 977 9324) and email address (reportpoliceabuse@da.org.za) where cit­i­zens can report any acts of onslaught, abuse or bribe by law enforce­ment offi­cers,” said Steen­huisen.

He said upon receiv­ing com­plaints from the com­mu­ni­ty, DA will pro­vide advice about their rights and lodge griev­ances with the rel­e­vant author­i­ties and over­sight bod­ies.

Steen­huisen slammed law enforce­ment offi­cers, stat­ing that only six days into a lock­down, South Africans are already expe­ri­enc­ing wide­spread vio­lence at the hands of those tasks to pro­tect and serve cit­i­zens.

Reports on Tues­day alleges that police shot two nurs­es at the Bon­gani Region­al Hos­pi­tal in Welkom, while Ekurhu­leni Metro police offi­cer was on Mon­day arrest­ed alleged­ly for shoot­ing and killing a Vosloorus man while enforc­ing the lock­down.

“In order to pro­tect them­selves, the com­mu­ni­ty can What­sApp or email their ques­tions to DA regard­ing their legal rights dur­ing the Covid-19 lock­down,” said Steen­huisen.

DA Mem­bers of Parliament’s task team also part of the secu­ri­ty and jus­tice clus­ters in Par­lia­ment will offer expert advice while also mon­i­tor­ing mes­sages.

“We are see­ing numer­ous videos on social media show­ing police and army offi­cers bru­tal­is­ing and humil­i­at­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic. Some assault­ing peo­ple in their back­yards or while stand­ing in queues to buy essen­tial items at shops and Malls,” added Steen­huisen.

 

 

 

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