Hostel raids: ‘government must step in’

2010-12-22 07:08

Government needs to step in and help with the situation where police are assaulting people during hostel raids in Soweto, the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade (IFPYB) in Soweto said.

“Police are hitting and kicking people,” chairperson of the IFPYB in the area Auhle Zondi said.

“When General [Bheki] Cele was here yesterday [Tuesday] we told him that his police are hitting people and he said ‘I don’t care’.”

Zondi said the Youth Brigade in Soweto were not against police searching the hostels but people in the hostels needed to be treated equally to the people in the township.

“They don’t search the locations [township] only the hostels and they hitting people,” he said.

The IFP yesterday said it condemned the acts of the police during the raids.

It said police were harassing the hostel residents, people were injured and some were admitted to hospital.

IFP spokesperson Vincent Shange said the party was shocked that National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele yesterday was not willing to speak to the leadership within the hostels.

“He [Cele] was too big for his position,” Shange said.

Sixteen people had been arrested during police raids since Tuesday after police cordoned off Dube, Nancefield, Meadowlands and Merafe hostels.

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