Popcru to defend unfair dismissals of cops

2014-01-27 16:17
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Popcru vowed on Monday to challenge unjustified dismissals of any of its members.

"We have... noted the action taken against some of the officers who were deployed to protests, and hope the SA Police Service will act procedurally in dealing with these cases," union spokesperson Theto Mahlakoana said in a statement.

Mahlakoana said the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) was saddened by the deaths of protesters in Mothutlung and Roodepoort.

The union found it unfortunate that the police had to resort to extreme measures to bring protests under control.

Tshepo Babuseng, 28, was shot dead, allegedly by a policeman, after protesting residents barricaded roads with stones and burning tyres in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, on Thursday.

Four police officers were arrested on Friday for allegedly shooting Babuseng.

On Monday, people were protesting outside the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court ahead of the officers' appearance.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Friday that police fired banned shotgun rounds during a service delivery protest in Mothutlung, North West, in which four protesters were killed two weeks ago.

The SSG 12-gauge rounds, which contain pellets, were officially discontinued by the SAPS in 2006, and were "not supposed to be used", he told reporters in Pretoria.

Two of those who died in the protests over water shortages on 13 January in Mothutlung were allegedly shot by the police, a third died in a fall from a moving police vehicle according to police, and a fourth person who was shot in the head died in hospital the next day.

Mthethwa said 14 police officers faced disciplinary action in connection with events at that protest.

"Six are already suspended. Others are being served with their suspension notices."

The disciplinary process could take up to 60 days.

- SAPA
Read more on:    popcru  |  police  |  nathi mthethwa  |  mahikeng  |  service delivery  |  protests  |  police brutality
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
20 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Cape Town 12:55 PM
Road name: Nelson Mandela Boulevard Inbound

FLOODING near the Strand Street exit - approach with caution

Goodwood 12:14 PM
Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Southbound

SLOW TRAFFIC towards Voortrekker Road

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today you may want to bond with your children and need to connect to your imaginative and playful side. It may be that you are...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.