Students warned

2016-10-26 06:00
The provincial police commissioner, Lt.Gen. Risimati Shivuri, explains the police’s role during protests. Photo: Boipelo Mere

The provincial police commissioner, Lt.Gen. Risimati Shivuri, explains the police’s role during protests. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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When you commit a criminal act, you will face the full might of the law. This warning was sent out to students by the provincial police commissioner, Lt.Gen. Risimati Shivuri, when he addressed the media.

This took place during the opening of the two day summit on the Provincial Crime Prevention strategy, and he was joined by the premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, and the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Pauline Williams,

Shivuri emphasised that the students should respect the police and not throw stones at them if they want the police to treat them with the same respect.

He highlighted that fewer shooting incidents had occurred in the Northern Cape than in other provinces.

This is because police in the province prefer to observe and engage with protesters before taking action.

Shivuri pointed out that the students at the Sol Plaatje University had however tended to copy the behaviour of students of other campuses. This, he said, could impact negatively on their future.

He referred to the #FeesMustFall students protest on 24 September when students burned the university’s building material.

“We arrested 24 of them, but after engagement between the student council, the university, and the police, we released them on condition that they were not going to the streets to do the same thing.”

He advised protesters to shy away from causing damage during protests.

“When you want something and you protest, you must do it peacefully. Then you will get better results.

“Why must you damage things in order to get something?

“When you damage things you become a criminal. The students went back a few days ago and decided to copy something that had been done by people somewhere else, which is to do damage,” added Shivuri.

He warned the youth of the consequences of getting a criminal record, which could affect their chances of getting employment in future.

Shivuri said a bad track record would follow the young perpetrators throughout their lives when they looked for a job.

“If you damage property your fingerprints will be taken and recorded.

“Once you finish school and look for a job, you will be required to go to the police to ask for police clearance.

  • “The police will then take your fingerprints and compare it to the ones they took years ago. Then nobody will be willing to hire you.”The Provincial Crime Prevention Strategy 2012 to 2015 was launched on 12 September 2013 in Batlharos, John Taolo Gaetsewe District.

The strategy aims to reduce crime and to focus on the broader scope of community safety in order to improve the quality of life in South Africa, with specific focus on the Northern Cape.

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